In this article they look at different types of task, and see which kinds are most often used in textbooks. Ways of adjusting them are also suggested, so that they stimulate more opportunities for meaning-focused interaction, and encourage learners to give longer responses. Finally, it is shown how a graded set of tasks can be developed on a theme.

Identifying task-like activities
You can identify activities in a textbook unit that could become tasks and form the basis of a task cycle with; Listing and/or brainstorming, Ordering and sorting, Matching, Problem solving, Stimulating more interaction, Comparing
Examples of TB activities you can find in the complete article. To read the full article, see: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/six-types-task-tbl

Other activities like quizzes, questionnaires and projects can also generate rich interaction if set up in such a way as to maximise learner participation. Tasks can also be based on reading and listening texts. For three examples of task-based lessons such as these you can download see http://www.willis-elt.co.uk/taskbased.html

Written by Jane Willis, Consultant, Writer, UK

Submitted by admin on 11 June, 2008

Advertisements