Doing Task – Based Teaching


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ISBN 9780194422109
Author/Editor Willis , Dave ; WIllis , Jane
Edition 1
Published 2007-01-01
Publisher Oxford University Press Australia

The idea of using practical tasks to encourage students to use real language in the classroom has generated lots of interest among teachers in recent years. But how does task-based teaching actually work in practice? Doing Task-Based Teaching aims to answer this question by explaining the underlying principles of task-based teaching and learning, and by giving a practical, hands-on guide to designing, creating, and using tasks in the classroom. The book draws on a worldwide survey of over 100 teachers currently involved in task-based teaching and includes many of the tasks and teaching ideas they sent in. These practical examples are set in the framework of the authors’ extensive research into language learning. After an introductory chapter explaining the theoretical basis of a task-based approach, the remainder of the book is firmly focused on classroom practice. There are chapters on: Task-based sequences in the classroomTasks based on written and spoken textsFrom topic to task types: listing, sorting, and classifyingFrom topic to task types: matching, comparing, problem-solving, projects, and storytellingLanguage focus and form focusThe task-based classroom and the real worldAdapting and refining tasks (to meet the needs of specific classes)Designing a task-based syllabusHow to integrate task-based teaching with coursebooks, and other frequently asked questions There are reader activities throughout the book and at the end of most chapters to help you reflect on the previous section and anticipate what is going to be covered in the next section. Many of these tasks are practical, e.g. designing a task or writing instructions for a class of your own. You can use these tasks individually, or as part of your teacher training course. There are also practical examples of simple task-based lessons, projects and scenarios, and task-based course plans in appendices at the back of the book. These appendices also include transcripts of the task recordings referred to in the book, templates for lesson planning, and word frequency lists.