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    real time

    Dear Teachers
    What is the meaning of the undelined part in this sentnece?
    They are not centrally concerned with how learners access
    this linguistic knowledge in real time.
    thanks

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    Re: real time

    Immediately/on the spot.

    If you're having a conversation, the other person answers 'in real time'; whereas if you post to a web-forum people will respond at some later time or times. (If you're on a forum and someone who happens to be online answers straight away, you might respond 'Wow, I didn't expect anyone to answer in real time!'

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    Re: real time

    Hi,

    It's not particularly common phraseology, but from the context we can safely imply that 'they' are either teachers or perhaps administrators, or at least someone who has responsibility for ensuring learners acquire knowledge.

    It seems to me that the suggestion here is that the teachers/administrators don't really care whether the learners access the knowledge in a time period when learners and teachers are together, they are more concerned with the learners accessing the knowledge in their (the learners) own time, i.e. away from the teachers.

    Real time means in this context 'common time' - at least that's my take on it but I'll be interested to see other contributions to this.

    Regards

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    Re: real time

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Hi,

    It's not particularly common phraseology...
    No; but it's common in the IT and teaching worlds (modern teaching, that is, using ICT). It means what I said.

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