LING-758 Topics in ALI: Task-based Language Teaching and Learning
Fall for 2013-2014
This course explores task-based approaches to second/foreign language learning and teaching using the following organizational principles: (a) the theoretical underpinnings for task-based language learning; (b) the key components of task-based program design; (c) cognitive-interactionist research frameworks for the evaluation of tasks as learning tools; (d) the process of developing and empirically testing task-based materials; (e) practical classroom considerations for the use/implementation of tasks in an instructional context. Students will participate in instructor- and student-led discussions, complete short homework assignments, explore and analyze existing task-based language programs, and carry out a final project on communicative tasks in either a classroom or experimental context. This course can be taken as a regular graduate class (LING-494) or as a graduate seminar (LING-558). The syllabus and meeting times will be the same for each class, but seminar participants will undertake a final project that is more substantial in scope.
COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Aims: The aim of this course is to introduce participants to issues, both practical and theoretical, surrounding task-based language learning and teaching.
Objectives: Participants will gain an understanding of the issues at the core of task-based language teaching (TBLT) and, as a result, be able to contribute to the current discussion and practice in TBLT. In addition, participants will develop (a) their ability to engage in academic discussions by facilitating and participating in in-class discussions and (b) their critical thinking and writing skills by carrying out the class assignments. Seminar participants will show a greater understanding of, and ability to discuss, issues related to TBLT than participants taking the course as a regular graduate class.
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