Task-Based Instruction In Foreign Language Education

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Task-based language instruction has proven to be highly effective, but surprisingly underutilized. Theory can only go so far and hands-on experience can greatly speed and enhance the learning of a second language. Nineteen talented instructors who have successfully implemented task-based programs explain the principles behind the programs, discuss how problems were resolved, and share details on class activities and program design. Each chapter takes the reader through the different stages in designing and ...

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Overview

Task-based language instruction has proven to be highly effective, but surprisingly underutilized. Theory can only go so far and hands-on experience can greatly speed and enhance the learning of a second language. Nineteen talented instructors who have successfully implemented task-based programs explain the principles behind the programs, discuss how problems were resolved, and share details on class activities and program design. Each chapter takes the reader through the different stages in designing and setting up such programs, adjusting them, and appraising and testing them in normal classroom conditions. This book covers TBI syllabus and program design and is based on actual classroom experience. Any one of the courses or programs discussed can serve as models for others. Many of the contributors are highly respected practitioners who are presenting their programs for the first time, while others are regular participants in today's ongoing dialogue about teaching methods.

Full of concrete, adaptable models of task-based language teaching drawn from a number of countries and eleven different languages -- including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, and Ukrainian -- Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education presents proven, real-world, practical courses and programs; and includes web-based activities. It demonstrates useful and practical ways to engage students far beyond what can be learned from reading textbook dialogue. TBI involves the student directly with the language being taught via cognitively engaging activities that reflect authentic and purposeful use of language, resulting in language-learning experiences that are pleasurable and effective.

For all instructors seeking to help their learners enhance their understanding and grasp of the foreign language they are learning, Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education is a rich and rewarding hands-on guide to effective and transformative learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589010284
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Lou Leaver is associate dean of Global Education and dean of New York Institute of Technology campuses in Jordan. She has introduced task-based instruction into several foreign language programs, including the Defense Language Institute, the American Global Studies Institute, NASA, the American Language Center in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and the American Language Center in Chisinau, Moldova. She has also provided assistance to programs using TBI in Brazil, Turkmenistan, Japan, and Korea.

Jane Willis is a visiting fellow at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, where she taught in the Masters in TESOL/TESP distance learning programs, specializing in course and materials design and lexical studies. She has taught English to European and Asian students and has educated teachers in Africa, Cyprus, Iran, and Southeast Asia. She began experimenting with task-based English teaching in 1982 in the British Council Teaching Centre in Singapore. She is the author of A Framework for Task-based Learning and coauthor of English for Primary Teachers.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments

Part 1: An Overview of Task-Based Instruction: From Theories to Practices

1. Perspectives on Task-Based Instruction: Understanding Our Practices, Acknowledging Different Practitioners Jane R. Willis

Part 2: Task-Based Instruction in Classroom Instruction

2. Task-Based Instruction in U.S. Government Slavic Language Programs Betty Lou Leaver and Marsha A. Kaplan

3. Using Media-Based Tasks in Teaching Spanish Alicia Mora van Altena

4. Introducing Task-Based Instruction for Teaching English in Brazil: Learning How to Leap the Hurdles Jaurez Lopes

5. Learning Arabic: From Language Functions to Tasks in a Diglossic Context Mahdi Alosh

6. Designing an Outcomes-Based TBI Japanese Language Program Yoshiko Saito-Abbott

7. Task-Based Instruction for Teaching Spanish to Professionals Clemencia Macías

8. Bridging the Gap between Sciences and the Humanities: French for Professional Engineers Wayne Richard Hager and Mary Ann Lyman-Hager

Part 3: Internet Tasks and Programs9. Task-Based Reading Activities Developed for Online Delivery at the Defense Language Institute Natalia Antokhim, Abdelfattah Boussalhi, Kuei-Lan Chen, Pamela Combacau, and Steve Koppany 10. Webheads Communities: Writing Tasks for English Interleaved with Synchronous Online Communications and Web Page Development Vance Stevens

11. Using Web Technology to Promote Writing, Analytical Thinking, and Creative Expression in German Franziska Lys

Part 4: Assessment and Teacher Development

12. Implementing Task-Based Assessment in a TEFL Environment Cláudio Passos de Oliveira

13. It's All in the Team: Approaches to Teacher Development in a Content-Based, Task-Based EFL Program Kathryn Cozonac

Appendix A: Multi-Continent Glossary of Terms

Appendix B: Multi-Scale Proficiency Descriptors

ReferencesAbout the ContributorsIndex

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