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#TBLTchat on Twitter

#TBLTchat on Twitter | TELT | Scoop.it
Hello world! This is the post about the first Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning Chat. I wonder what people fancy talking about. Leave a comment to suggest a topic.Keep it TBLT-related and hopefully we'll have a lively discussion.
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Marc Jones, EFL teacher in Tokyo (?) has set up a Twitter account and hashtag for discussion of task-based language teaching. Some links here: http://www.scoop.it/t/telt/?q=tblt
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Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach - University of London, UCL Institute of Education | Coursera

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach from University of London, UCL Institute of Education.

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The real TBLT in Long 2016: Critical ELT

The real TBLT in Long 2016: Critical ELT | TELT | Scoop.it
TBLT stands ELT on its head doesn't it? What's a task, anyway? My posts on TBLT have led various people, many of them MA students, to ask me to clear up some misunderstandings. So here I offer bits and pieces from Mike Long’s 2016 article which I hope will clarify his version of TBLT. As usual, I’ve torn his well…
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Strong task-based language teaching from M Long, explained for teachers by G Jordan
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Strong task-based language teaching from M Long, explained for teachers by G Jordan
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Task-based language teaching in FL contexts: Ortega 2012

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Great overview of advantages and problems with this approach in non Western contexts in particular

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Actually Doing Task-Based Teaching | Marc Jones

Actually Doing Task-Based Teaching | Marc Jones | TELT | Scoop.it

Quick guide to implementing TBLT with concrete examples from EFL classroom

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Via @muranava @getgreatenglish

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Task based teaching: Lesson Plans from Willis

Lesson 1: I’ve just jumped off the Empire State Building.

(This lesson goes on to look at reflexive pronouns and the verbs that are commonly used with them)


Lesson 2: Brave Pensioner Foils Raid on Jewellery Store.

(This shows the way –ing forms are used in English.


Lesson 3: Robbery in a Sweet Shop.

(Verbs followed by the to-infinitive)

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Three new lessons, plus two older ones. Download lessons and commentary.

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Telecollaboration via e-mail: Bohinski & Leventhal 2015

This task-based study, designed with Helm and Guth's (2010) Telecollaboration 2.0 framework in mind, qualitatively investigated a telecollaborative exchange. Two second language (L2) Spanish participants and three L2 English participants carried out a six-week e-mail exchange that centered on specific holidays, giving researchers an opportunity to study participants' intercultural communicative competence (ICC) (Byram, 1997) and how participants critically analyzed and discussed cultural aspects of an L2 language (Klein & Solem, 2008). Participants' exchanges revealed the following: (1) each participant's thoughts on his/her partner's culture as was perceived through L2 instruction, (2) each partner's reaction to perceptions and insight to cultural reality, and (3) sharing of personal anecdotes. Patterns in exchanges were analyzed using NVivo 10 software with a data-driven, hybrid analytical approach. Thematic categories were created from the data and used to code the e-mail exchanges and subsequently correlated to Helm and Guth's (2010) framework. Results indicated that participants using a Web 1.0 resource experienced transformation through the telecollaboration. Researchers concluded that more nuanced categories were needed to assess ICC to understand the intricacies of online collaborative exchanges. Researchers believed that Web 1.0, in the absence of Web 2.0, remained a valuable venue for telecollaboration.Click here to edit the title

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FLA paper on telecollaboration the old-fashioned way.

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TBLT, Silent Way & TPR: Chris Jones

TBLT, Silent Way & TPR: Chris Jones | TELT | Scoop.it

"a description of the lessons I remember best and then a reflection on the implications for teaching and research"

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Why people are still playing around with TPR and the Silent Way is beyond me, but apparently they are and Chris Jones has tried them out and chased down some references.

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In defence of PPP: Chris Jones

In defence of PPP: Chris Jones | TELT | Scoop.it

Chris Jones: "practice is often seen as part of Present Practice Produce (PPP) and this way of teaching is itself poorly explained in a lot of the literature. At times this may be deliberate in order to build a case against the use of PPP."

 

Summary of arguments against PPP in five points with references.

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Researching ELT blog for "discussing and disseminating ELT research"

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Rod Ellis on task-based pedagogy: the what, why and how - YouTube

Prof. Ellis talks about task-based pedagogy: what is it? why might teachers adopt such an approach? and how can task-based ideas be implemented?
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Broadcasting from a broom closet on campus, but Ellis offers a useful introduction to TBLT for language teachers

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Taking to task(s): Task design and CALL (Tarragona, July 2015)

Taking to task(s): Task design and CALL (Tarragona, July 2015) | TELT | Scoop.it
Taking to task(s): Exploring task design by novice language teachers in technology-mediated and non-technological activities
XVII International CALL research conference. Tarragona, Spain, 4-6 July 2015.
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Running a study on pre-service EFL teachers collaborating in task design and implementation. Inspired by

- Samuda, V. (2005). Expertise in pedagogic task design. In Johnson, K (Ed). Expertise in second language learning and teaching, 150-164.

- Erlam, R. (2015). ‘I’m still not sure what a task is’: Teachers designing language tasks. Language Teaching Research, 1362168814566087.

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Authenticity in ELT: Erkan Kulekci

Authenticity in ELT: Erkan Kulekci | TELT | Scoop.it

Breen, Gilmore, PInner, Van Lier, Willowson ...

 

 

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Great bibliography on authenticity, and other posts on blog with links to a lecture by Desmond Thomas (U Essex) with slides.

 

Led me to Gilmore (2011) - updated my post on this topic here

https://shonawhyte.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/authenticity-in-the-fl-classroom/

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What makes a good lesson plan? Materials for IWB-supported language teaching

What makes a good lesson plan? Materials for IWB-supported language teaching | TELT | Scoop.it

Criteria for designing task-based language teaching materials for use with an IWB.

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Adapted from Cutrim Schmid & Whyte (2014) Teaching languages with Technology. Bloomsbury.
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Debating: a task-based model

Debating: a task-based model | TELT | Scoop.it
I told the students I needed a good way of assessment that would be based on the skills they needed to learn. I gave my students several choices, and various permutations of those choices:
Presentations 
Primary data (student-conducted research)
Speaking Tests
Other
I let them talk in groups for a few minutes in order to figure out what everything meant. I also gave them this time to ask clarifying questions. Then, I told them I was leaving for five minutes and by the time I get back, they should have figured out what they want to do.

I left. I came back five-minutes later. They had decided on something unexpected: a debate.
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This ELT blog post is framed as an illustration of the value of allowing learner choice in assessment for a speaking/oral interaction class. It's interesting to me in terms of how the teacher balanced task demands and task support, then researched teaching materials and designed and implemented intermediary activities to capitalise on the learning opportunities afforded by this initial choice.

Too often teachers think learner choice means "anything goes," then go back to teacher-directed activities when students prove unable to follow through on their initial ideas and their learning is compromised. In this example, we see how the teacher works with a somewhat random learner choice to provide structure and sense to create a project which is meaningful to the class both for language learning and in terms of developing broader communicative competence.
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“A sophisticated and ingenious procedure” for language teaching and research

“A sophisticated and ingenious procedure” for language teaching and research | TELT | Scoop.it
Dictogloss is a teaching technique developed for teaching grammar which involves learners collaborating in groups to reconstruct in writing a text they have heard read aloud several times.
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Collaborative listening/writing task for second language learning
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Collaborative listening/writing task for second language learning
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iTILT project: CALL teacher education

iTILT project: CALL teacher education | TELT | Scoop.it

An iTILT teacher training session at a primary school in Antibes, near Nice, this month involved primary teachers and teacher trainers involved with language education and technology training, as well as newly-qualified secondary EFL teachers.

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Moving on from IWB-oriented projects to other tools and tasks to encourage target language interaction

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A task is a task is a task: Muller-Hartmann, April 2016

A task is a task is a task: Muller-Hartmann, April 2016 | TELT | Scoop.it

The concept of task has become central not only to an understanding of language learning per se, but also to the design and research of telecollaborative learning environments. But what kind of task concept is conducive to supporting language learning, and how can we best research this?

To answer these questions, I will specifically look at the role of the learner in my talk. While research on the design of tasks in telecollaborative settings has been very productive, we still lack insights into the interaction processes on the micro level when learners negotiate task content. What are learners doing, and how can we find out about it?

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Breffni O'Rourke's curator insight, December 8, 2015 4:31 AM

Thanks for posting, Shona! One of our great keynote speakers for the Telecollaboration Conference in April 2016. Now to post the other two abstracts...

Shona Whyte's comment, December 8, 2015 7:39 AM
No worries Breffni. Was admiring your slowburn comm strategy for this conference by trickling out the keynote info, but I see you've switched tactics :-)
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TBLT conference: Leuven 2015

TBLT conference: Leuven 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it

The organisers of the Sixth International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching are proud to announce the following three plenary speakers:
Alison Mackey, Geoff Petty, and Kris Van den Branden.

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#tblt2015 to follow online

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abinaya's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:46 AM

This conference will bring together applied linguists and educational ... the potential of task-based language teaching (TBLT) for promoting first, second,  ...http://goo.gl/udXoDT

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The Negotiated Syllabus

The Negotiated Syllabus | TELT | Scoop.it
I suggested in my last post that a real paradigm shift in ELT would involve throwing out the coursebook and standardised tests and replacing them with a process-driven approach which concentrates on the “how” more than the “what” of teaching.
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Geoff Jordan comes back to the question of learner needs and objectives in the language classroom, linking this to task-based language teaching in what looks like will be a series of posts.

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EPAL 2015 Muller-Hartmann: tasks in telecollaboration for language learning

EPAL 2015 Muller-Hartmann: tasks in telecollaboration for language learning | TELT | Scoop.it

Researching tasks in telecollaborative teacher education – the potential of exploratory practice and activity theory

Research on the design and implementation of tasks in telecollaborative settings has been very productive, but we still lack insights into the processes on the micro level when task content is negotiated in international groups. Due to the many contextual factors that impact on the task-in-process and the fact that students have to manage a high workload in these learning environments, researcher-teachers in teacher education contexts face many challenges. An exploratory practice approach, part of a mixed method design, will not only allow to engage students in reflective learning, but it will also produce data from an emic perspective which are central to understanding issues of task-based competence development.

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Keynote at 2015 EPAL

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Kris van den Branden keynote: Task design and CALL conference

Kris van den Branden keynote: Task design and CALL conference | TELT | Scoop.it

What can CALL learn from task-based language teaching? This intriguing question (posted on the conference website) will be the starting point for my presentation. Using authentic examples, I will critically discuss the principles and practice of task-based language teaching (TBLT), which has become the dominant approach to second language teaching in many countries (at least in governmental and school policy papers). What basically is a task? And why do so many applied linguists claim language learning can be enhanced by inviting students to perform functional, meaningful tasks? How can teachers and task designers integrate a focus on form in meaningful tasks? What is the role of the teacher in task-based language teacher? And what kinds of revolutionary, exciting perspectives does the integration of modern technology in task-based language teaching have to offer to language teachers and learners alike? I will provide answers to these questions, based on the available research into the practice of task-based design and task-based teaching as it takes place in authentic classrooms around the world. These answers will pave the way for an exploration of the optimal integration of CALL and TBLT.

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First day of CALL research conference in Tarragona.

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