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Crafting Context: Building Learners’ Pragmatic Competence via Complex Learning Scenarios
Sep 16, 2019

Stephanie Knight, CASLS Assistant Director

Developing the pragmatic competence of learners involves unpacking and exploring the various complexities of communication. One way to approach this process is the use of complex learning scenarios.

Complex learning scenarios, or immersive, play-oriented experiences in which participants work together to complete multistep tasks (e.g., decoding of te...Read more

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