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A practical introduction to task-based learning


Kebble, P, A practical introduction to task-based learning, English Australia Journal, 28, (1) pp. 65-68. ISSN 1444-4496 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Task-based learning (TBL) is a teaching and learning methodology which utilises specific and meaningful tasks and is based within the constructivist paradigm of the psychology of language learning (Richards and Rogers, 2001). The premise is that the meaningful language that occurs when learners are involved in working on a task is processed and internalised more effectively than language which is simply presented. David Nunan (in Richards and Renandya, 2005) also stresses the importance of the task itself being meaningful, that it has a 'sense of completeness, [of] being able to stand alone as a communicative act in its own right' (p. 224). Critics suggest that the language required to complete a task may be beyond the supposed level of a student, but in my experience, meaningful interaction actually promotes the required comprehension.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kebble, P (Dr Paul Kebble)
ID Code:95649
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-10-06
Last Modified:2014-12-03
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