"A Multimedia database for speech acts for second language teaching and learning"
P. Arvanitis – A. Kigitsoglou-Vlachou, 2012.
Proceedings of 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation International Conference (ICERI 2012), International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) 2012.
The effort of teaching a foreign language and through language, culture and civilisation of others, still occupy all those involved in the linguistic educational process. In recent decades, the main principles of second language teaching, focuses on teaching language and culture as a whole, with a great concern about the means of communication in specific social based situations.
In recent years, the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has widespread in second language learning and teaching environments. Learners are now interacting with a variety of semiotic modes - through image, video, sound, new forms of written and spoken texts - in a complex multilingual communicative universe.
In the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (abbreviated as CEFR), which is widely adopted and accepted as the European standard for teaching and learning foreign languages we find the key notion of speech acts. Speech acts are at the heart of teaching and the core development of communicative language skills in the sense that they describe what learners can do with language in specific contexts or in a particular communicative situation.