RLA. Revista de lingüística teórica y aplicada
versión On-line ISSN 0718-4883
VINE JARA, ANA y FERREIRA CABRERA, ANITA. Improvement of the communicative competence in Spanish as a foreign language by using video communication. RLA [online]. 2012, vol.50, n.1, pp. 139-160. ISSN 0718-4883. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48832012000100007.
The concept of communicative competence, understood as the skills a person develops to be able to understand and produce messages suitable to the different topics and communicative situations encountered, has not been thoroughly studied through experimental research, due to its difficulty. The purpose of this study is to provide evidence of the positive effects that intercultural cooperative video-web communication tasks (using chat, web cam and microphone) have in the development of communicative competence of students learning Spanish as a foreign language (SFL) in a b-learning course. Thus, an experimental study with a pretest - postest and control group was designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of this kind of pedagogical practices. The results show the experimental group, which carried out the tasks through video web interaction, achieved a higher language learning level than the control group which performed the tasks using the chat.
Palabras clave : Video-web communication; chat; intercultural cooperative tasks; communicative competence.