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Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education : Practices and Programs - Betty Lou Leaver

Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education

Practices and Programs

By: Betty Lou Leaver (Editor), Jane R. Willis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th December 2004
ISBN: 9781589010284
Number Of Pages: 344
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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 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.

A worthy addition to task-based literature and can be recommended without hesitation to EFL practitioners. Its marriage of theory, practice, and examples provides a highly stimulating resource for those whose job is to do rather than to talk about doing. Korea TESOL Journal

Perspectives on task-based instruction : understanding our practices, acknowledging different practitionersp. 3
Task-based instruction in U.S. government Slavic language programsp. 47
Using media-based tasks in teaching Spanishp. 67
Introducing TBI for teaching English in Brazil : learning how to leap the hurdlesp. 83
Learning Arabic : from language functions to tasks in a diglossic contextp. 96
Designing an outcomes-based TBI Japanese language programp. 122
Task-based instruction for teaching Spanish to professionalsp. 142
Bridging the gap between the sciences and humanities : French for engineers and other technical professionsp. 161
Task-based instruction in online learningp. 181
Webhead communities : writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and Web page developmentp. 204
Using Web technology to promote writing, analytical thinking, and creative expression in Germanp. 228
Implementing task-based assessment in a TEFL environmentp. 253
It's all in the team : approaches to teacher development in a content-based, task-based EFL programp. 280
Multiscale proficiency descriptorsp. 301
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ISBN: 9781589010284
ISBN-10: 1589010280
Series: Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 30th December 2004
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48