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In this article in University of Sydney papers in TESOL, 2013, Ellis tackles 8 criticisms of TBLT, downgraded to "misconceptions" on the part of writers such as Widdowson, Swan, Sheen, and Seedhouse, before addressing Swan's "legislation by hypothesis" attack. In his conclusion, he acknowledges that "TBLT offers a radically different approach to teaching a second language. As such, it is not surprising that its advocacy has met with resistance, especially from those who, for one reason or another, support a more traditional ‘focus-on-forms’ approach." Ellis expresses a personal preference for a short, sharp shock of intense TBLT teaching in a curriculum which includes other approaches, rather than a watered-down task-supported approach spread throughout the curriculum.
Excellent article on TBLT.
An interesting read. I love learning about what I do, revisiting ideas and theories and reworking on my techniques.
From 24th January - 7th March all Cambridge Journals content published in 2012 will be available for free on Cambridge Journals Online (CJO)
Another limited access to full text content offer: the screenshot shows which CUP journals you can access if you select Languages and Linguistics. You can read 2012 articles from these journals until 5 March.
Presentation accompanying "Developing L2 Pragmatics," by Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, published in the first issue of the Currents in Language Learning Series, issue 63:S1 of Language Learning: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lang.2013.63.issue-s1/issuetoc
I haven't managed to get access to the article. I'm not sure if it's still available, but I suppose the presentation takes the paper content into account anyway