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Teachers’ Perspectives on Second Language Task Difficulty

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Andrea Révész, Laura Gurzynski-Weiss, ARAL 2016
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Van der Zwaard: Patterns of (negotiated) interaction during telecollaboration between NSs and advanced NNSs

Dyadic communication between Australian and Dutch participants during a digital task designed as part of a telecollaboration project

The research project focuses on the occurrence of negotiation of meaning (or absence thereof) during one - to - one interaction via two forms of synchronous computer - mediated communication (SCMC): video call (or video call) and instant chat - messaging (written chat).

The studies aim to combine two of the most significant trends in L2 - education: digital technology and task - based language teaching (TBLT). Research into the efficacy of communication through different digital tools within L2 - learning environments is still underdeveloped, although the 21st - century networked society is entering the language classroom and educators are urged to include digital communication in (academic) language acquisition curricula. Negotiation of meaning studies have proven to be a prolific research area, although different claims have been made concer ning occurrence and effect and only recently have investigations started to explore the implications of negotiation of meaning during synchronous computer - mediated com munication. The studies in this book attempt to contribute to this budding area of research.
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Book based on van der Zwaard's dissertation at University of Amsterdam
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Meaning-focused activities: Jane Willis

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This week we have something rather special - a guest post from Jane Willis. Jane has been a supporter of the Hands Up Project for a long time and is on the advisory panel - offering us support in bringing task based learning into the work that we do. Over to you Jane.... I have…
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Concrete suggestions for simple tasks to support language learning
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INTERVIEW WITH MARTA GONZÁLEZ-LLORET AND VILSON LEFFA: Building an interface between SLA and Technology

I think that as a SLA researcher, it is very important not to let the technology "blind" your research. So many "new shiny" technologies appear that it is very tempting to focus on the technology itself rather than in the language learning. This is the same for teachers, curriculum developers and administrators. Bringing technology in the language classroom has to be a decision made based on SLA research and conscious pedagogical choices. The technology should follow, or better "accompany" the language teaching methodology and pedagogical choices.
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Interesting discussion of relations between theory and practice, research and pedagogy, plus references with links
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The real TBLT in Long 2016: Critical ELT

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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