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Teachers Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching

Authors: Willis, Jane

Editors: Edwards, C. (Ed.)

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Winner - British Council Innovation in English Language Teaching Award 2006 This book was written for language teachers by language teachers, with a view to encouraging readers to use more tasks in their lessons, and to explore for themselves various aspects of task-based teaching and learning. It gives insights into ways in which tasks can be designed, adapted and implemented in a range of teaching contexts and illustrates ways in which tasks and task-based learning can be investigated as a research activity. Practising language teachers and student professionals on MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics courses will find this a rich resource of varied experience in the classroom and a stimulus to their own qualitative studies.

About the authors

MAGGIE BAIGENT teaches at the University of Bologna GREGORY CHARLES BIRCH teaches at Seisen Women's College DAVID COULSON teaches at the British and American Studies Department, Niigata Women's College, in north-west Japan DAVID COX is working on the opportunities offered by Webcam technology for language tuition ANTIGONE DJAPOURA works in a Private Language Institute in Cyprus WILLIAM ESSIG teaches in a Japanese university in Osaka JAMES HOBBS teaches at Iwate Medical University CRAIG JOHNSTON teaches at Kansai Gaidai College in Osaka, Japan PATRICK KIERNAN teaches at Tokyo Denki University, Japan SEUNG-MIN LEE (STEVE) teaches at the Korea National University of Education MARIA LEEDHAM is a teacher and teacher trainer at both Oxford University and Aston University, Birmingham LAMPRINI LOUMPOURDI (LANA) works at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki JASON MOSER works at a number of universities in Japan, including Osaka University THERON MULLER works in Japan ANNAMARIA PINTER works at the Centre for English Language Teacher Education (CELTE) GLEN POUPORE works in the Department of English, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea and also for the Konkuk-Illinois Joint TESOL Certification Program, in Seoul PATRICIA PULLIN-STARK works for Fribourg University in Switzerland RAYMOND SHEEHAN teaches at Higher Colleges of technology in the United Arab Emirates ALI SHEHADEH teaches at the College of Languages and translation, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Reviews

'...High quality,extremely readable and accessible.. I anticipate that the volume will be extremely popular with classroom teachers. I found it refreshing, and even exciting, to read accounts of professional practice by people who have not hitherto been widely published. The volume will be useful, not only on MA courses but also on a wide range of in-service courses...an exciting and innovative project.'- Professor David Nunan,The English Centre, Hong Kong

'A rich collection of tasks, used successfully by the chapter authors, that EFL teachers anywhere can use to increase their own repertoire - or to implement task-based learning for the first time in their own classrooms. ESL teachers in the United States and other English-speaking countries likewise can make effective use of every chapter in the book.' - Professor Betty Lou Leaver, Dean New York Institute of Technology in Amman, Jordan

'Classroom teaching and learning ordinarily center on specific language tasks. Instruction becomes more effective when teachers understand the role of language tasks, recognize their students' needs, and apply both types of information in a sound, creative way. With better task-based instruction as a goal, current and future teachers will benefit from the enlightening explorations in this book. In addition, researchers will find that this book can inform and enrich many classroom investigations.' - Professor Rebecca Oxford, Department of Education, University of Maryland,USA

'Classroom teaching and learning ordinarily centre on specific language tasks. Instruction becomes more effective when teachers understand the role of language tasks, recognize their students' needs, and apply both types of information in a sound, creative way. With better task-based instruction as a goal, current and future teachers will benefit from the enlightening explorations in this book. In addition, researchers will find that this book can inform and enrich many classroom investigations.' - Professor Rebecca Oxford, Department of Education, University of Maryland, USA

'A rich collection of tasks, used successfully by the chapter authors, that EFL teachers anywhere can use to increase their own repertoire - or to implement task-based learning for the first time in their own classrooms. ESL teachers in the United States and other English-speaking countries likewise can make effective use of every chapter in the book.' - Professor Betty Lou Leaer, Dean, New York Institute of Technology in Amman, Jordan

'Classroom teaching and learning ordinarily centre on specific language tasks. Instruction becomes more effective when teachers understand the role of language tasks, recognize their students' needs, and apply both types of information in a sound, creative way. With better task-based instruction as a goal, current and future teachers will benefit from the enlightening, explorations in this book. In addition, researchers will find that this book can inform and enrich many classroom investigations.' - Professor Rebecca Oxford, Department of Education, University of Maryland, USA

'The book fills a serious gap that existed in the literature on task based teaching, by providing case studies of how teachers implement task-based teaching in their classrooms. The range of situations represented is impressive, with contributors from many parts of the world teaching at different levels. The papers are all accessible and focussed, and provide an excellent springboard for classroomdiscussion and follow up work by teachers.' - Jack C Richards, Adjunct Professor, Regional Language Centre, Singapore and Maquarrie University, Australia

'This book is a great example of using small-scale projects to investigate certain aspects of the class you are teaching and demonstrates how the teachers in the trenches can give back to the academic community. I would recommend reading it to any teacher of English as a foreign language starting out or looking for a cure to feeling burnt out.' - Kevin Laurence Landry, Linguist List

'Promises to be useful reading especially for anyone struggling to see how language learning happens in TBL in practice.' - The Teacher Trainer


Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction: Aims and Explorations into Tasks and Task-based Teaching

    Willis, Jane

    Pages 1-12

  • Task-based Language Learning and Teaching: Theories and Applications

    Shehadeh, Ali

    Pages 13-30

  • Developing from PPP to TBL: A Focused Grammar Task

    Loumpourdi, Lamprini

    Pages 33-39

  • Integrating Task-based Learning into a Business English Programme

    Stark, Patricia Pullin

    Pages 40-49

  • Language as Topic: Learner-Teacher Investigation of Concordances

    Sheehan, Raymond

    Pages 50-57

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teachers Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching
Authors
Editors
  • C. Edwards
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-52296-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230522961
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4556-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4557-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 298
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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