Communicative Style: Act Like a Pro

How Authenticity Management Can Support Students in Communicating Effectively in a Second Language
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 716)


The present teaching case looks at how a social constructivist approach to language teaching can support students of industrial engineering in developing an effective communicative behavior which allows them to demonstrate authenticity in their second language. A specifically designed methodology mix of blended learning activities, including role play, poetry reading and reflective writing tasks, encourages students to step out of their comfort zone and adopt a playful and proactive attitude towards reaching their communicative goals in different social and corporate settings. Like this, students start to realize that exhibiting effective communicative behavior is a choice which requires an excellent command of the foreign language and the ability to decide which facet of one’s personality is best to be revealed to whom and in which moment.


Social constructivist teaching approach  Second language acquisition Peer learning Authenticity management Role play Poetry Reflective writing Blended learning Effective communication 



The author of this paper would like to express her special thanks to Professor Erich Hartlieb, Professor Andreas Pester, and Professor Michael Auer at CUAS for their kind support and confidence in the effectiveness of this social-constructivist approach to language teaching. A further thanks goes to the actor Klaus Schaurhofer, who has provided professional know-how and advice for this teaching case, as well as to the poet Love Alice aka Lovelyn Andrade, who gave permission to use her poems for this teaching case. Last but not least, the author wants to praise her students, who did an excellent job throughout the semester. This teaching case has delivered valuable insights thanks to their commitment, engagement and contributions.


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