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Principles and practice: Geoff Jordan

Principles and practice: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it

Methodological Principles of TBLT

In the elaboration of their task-based syllabus, Doughty and Long articulate ten Methodological Principles (MPs) which inform pedagogic procedures. While the principles are language teaching universals, the pedagogic procedures comprise the potentially infinite range of local options for realizing the principles at the classroom level. I’ve discussed these 10 MPs elsewhere, but let me just sketch a few of them here.

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Through the lens of communicativeness: Hana Ticha

Through the lens of communicativeness: Hana Ticha | TELT | Scoop.it

Hana Ticha: "I usually judge activities based on their purposefulness and effectiveness. Honestly, I take it for granted that my activities are communicative, but are they really? Here's one of my favourite techniques called 'running dictation', which I find motivating, enjoyable and meaningful. I'm attaching a short video to demonstrate what we actually do (I'm publishing it here with written consent from the students' parents). I'm going to try to analyze it to see how communicative the whole thing is."

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Response to Kevin Stein's post on CLT http://sco.lt/8HosHh

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Ellis 2013: Responding to critics of TBLT

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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.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 27, 2013 8:43 PM

Excellent article on TBLT.

Vannessa MissoVeness's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:36 AM

An interesting read. I love learning about what I do, revisiting ideas and theories and reworking on my techniques.

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What should every ESL teacher know: Paul Nation

What should every ESL teacher know: Paul Nation | TELT | Scoop.it
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Free legal download from Compass Media (sign-up required).  200 page PDF; Nation says, "I have decided that I will make this book freely available on the web to all teachers and teacher-trainees. I am happy for the book to be made available in hard copy and distributed in electronic or hard copy form as long as this is not done for profit, and it is properly acknowledged."  

 

Nice jargon-free presentation, suitable for non-native undergraduate training, with unintimidating further reading including websites, journal articles, and some of Nation's other work.

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Assessment: Teaching English

Assessment: Teaching English | TELT | Scoop.it

Our latest tip looks at several of the important issues surrounding testing and assessment. Listen to Clare and Alister discuss their ideas and opinions about how best to assess learners of English. After watching the video, why not give your opinion in the comments box below, or write a blogpost on the site?

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Someone has commented on the need for "mock pressure" via mock exams ...

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TEFL Glossary - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

TEFL Glossary - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 | TELT | Scoop.it

Academic language: language used in the learning of academic subject matter in formal schooling context; aspects of language strongly associated with literacy and academic achievement, including specific academic terms or technical language, and speech registers related to each field of study

 

Accent: This can mean word stress - control has the accent on the second syllable but we use it to mean the pronunciation used by some speakers - a regional or class accent

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A pretty comprehensive list of terms from general education and language teaching methodology, particularly communicative and task-based language teaching.

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David Deubelbeiss's comment, February 12, 2013 7:47 AM
Thanks for sharing Shona, in the common weeks hope to cross reference a lot of the terms
Shona Whyte's comment, February 12, 2013 12:49 PM
I saw you mentioned that, but not quite sure what you meant - linking to other parts of your site, or to other websites?
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Language teaching videos: Touring a French City

"The video library excerpts capture the range of foreign language teaching practices shown in the collection. You will see students in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms studying eight different languages. You'll see the students communicating with one another and with their teacher, learning culturally rich content, making connections to other disciplines, comparing cultures, and using the language in real-life contexts."

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The Annenberg Foundation has this series of edited classroom videos showing examples of activities taught in second language classrooms with learner and teacher commentaries.  For professional development, there are also questions to guide teachers in their analysis of the examples (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian).

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"Listen and do" songs for young learners

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A straightforward account of teaching songs to young learners including step-by-step instructions, plus some theoretical background and links for more song resources.

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