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Task-Based Language Teaching
Theory and Practice

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  • Date Published: November 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108713894


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  • Task-based language teaching is an approach which differs from traditional approaches by emphasising the importance of engaging learners' natural abilities for acquiring language incidentally through the performance of tasks that draw learners' attention to form. Drawing on the multiple perspectives and expertise of five leading authorities in the field, this book provides a comprehensive and balanced account of task-based language teaching (TBLT). Split into five sections, the book provides an historical account of the development of TBLT and introduces the key issues facing the area. A number of different theoretical perspectives that have informed TBLT are presented, followed by a discussion on key pedagogic aspects - syllabus design, methodology of a task-based lesson, and task-based assessment. The final sections consider the research that has investigated the effectiveness of TBLT, addresses critiques and suggest directions for future research. Task-based language teaching is now mandated by many educational authorities throughout the world and this book serves as a core source of information for researchers, teachers and students.

    • Contains multiple perspectives and specialist knowledge which provides an authoritative account of different aspects of TBLT
    • Written in an accessible style, the book is a core resource for a wide range of readers including teachers, researchers and students
    • Provides readers with a single up-to-date source of information about task-based language teaching
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108713894
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 29 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The pedagogic background to task-based language teaching
    Part II. Theoretical Perspectives:
    2. Cognitive-interactionist perspectives
    3. Psycholinguistic perspectives
    4. Sociocultural perspectives
    5. Psychological perspectives
    6. Educational perspectives
    Part III. Pedagogical Perspectives:
    7. Task-based syllabus design
    8. Methodology of task-based language teaching
    9. Task-based testing and assessment
    Part IV. Investigating TBLT Programmes:
    10. Comparative method studies
    11. Evaluating task-based language teaching
    Part V. Moving Forward:
    12. Responding to the critics of task-based language teaching
    13. Questions, challenges, and the future.

  • Authors

    Rod Ellis, University of Auckland
    Rod Ellis is a Research Professor in the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth, Australia, as well as a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University and an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of the University of Auckland. His most recent publication is Reflections on Task-Based Language Teaching (2018).

    Peter Skehan, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Peter Skehan is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. His most recent publications include Processing Perspectives on Task Performance (2014) and Second Language Task-Based Performance (2018).

    Shaofeng Li, Florida State University
    Shaofeng Li is an Associate Professor of Second and Foreign Language Education at Florida State University and an honorary professor at Zhengzhou University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His main research interests include TBLT, language aptitude, working memory and form-focused instruction.

    Natsuko Shintani, Kansai University, Osaka
    Natsuko Shintani is a Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies, Kansai University. Her work has been published in leading journals and she is author of Input-based Tasks in Foreign Language Instruction for Young Learners (2016).

    Craig Lambert, Curtin University, Perth
    Craig Lambert is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. His research on TBLT has appeared in leading journals and he is author of Referent Similarity and Nominal Syntax in TBLT (2019).

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