Using Tasks in Second Language Teaching: Practice in Diverse Contexts

Edited by: Craig Lambert, Rhonda Oliver

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This book examines the use of tasks in second language instruction in a variety of international contexts, and addresses the need for a better understanding of how tasks are used in teaching and program-level decision-making. The chapters consider the key issues, examples, benefits and challenges that teachers, program designers and researchers face in using tasks in a diverse range of contexts around the world, and aim to understand practitioners' concerns with the relationship between tasks and performance. They provide examples of how tasks are used with learners of different ages and different proficiency levels, in both face-to-face and online contexts. In documenting these uses of tasks, the authors of the various chapters illuminate cultural, educational and institutional factors that can make the effective use of tasks more or less difficult in their particular context.

Task-based instruction features the integration of theory, research, and practice. However, what is missing in the literature is 'practice', that is, how to effectively implement task-based instruction by taking into account various factors at the macro and micro level. Lambert and Oliver fill a significant gap through this timely initiative.

Shaofeng Li, Florida State University, USA

This volume provides insights into teachers' practices and challenges when introducing tasks in their classroom, covering a wide range of international educational contexts. Pre-service and in-service teachers will benefit from the concrete advice about practical issues in implementing tasks in different contexts. It is also useful for researchers and postgraduate students in that it considers the effects of tasks on L2 acquisition and performance.

Natsuko Shintani, Kansai University, Japan

Lambert and Oliver have assembled an excellent variety of chapters on task-based instruction. They provide a huge breadth of coverage, of different age ranges and instructional contexts. Most distinctive are the wide geographical contexts and the range of ages which motivate the different studies. This is an important book for researchers and professionals alike, making important theoretical and practical contributions.

Peter Skehan, Birkbeck College, UK

[This book] offers insightful considerations on theoretical and empirical aspects, highlighting research, pedagogical needs, and practical implications for the foreign language classroom. The book is particularly useful for teachers willing to embrace a task-based instruction, as chapters exemplify a variety of information, opinion, and reasoning tasks (Ellis, 2009), include spoken, written , and hybrid modalities, examine traditional and online genres, and combine old and new resources.

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Craig Lambert is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Education at Curtin University. His recent books include Task-Based Language Teaching: Theory and Practice (with R. Ellis et al., Cambridge, 2020) and Referent Similarity and Nominal Syntax in Task-Based Language Teaching (Springer, 2019).

Rhonda Oliver is Professor and Head of the School of Education, Curtin University, Australia. Her publications include Teaching Through Peer Interaction (with R. Adams, Routledge, 2019) and Child Second Language Learning in Different Classroom Contexts (with B. Nguyen, Routledge, 2018).


Chapter 1. Craig Lambert & Rhonda Oliver: Introduction: Tasks in Context

Section 1: Issues in Using Tasks

Chapter 2. Craig Lambert: Instructional Frameworks for Using Tasks in Second Language Instruction

Chapter 3. Jonathan Newton and Trang Le Diem Bui: Low-Proficiency Learners and Task-Based Language Teaching

Chapter 4. Curtis Kelly: Some Principles for Interactive Task Design: Observations from an EFL Materials Writer

Chapter 5. Marta Gonzalez-Lloret: Using Technology-Mediated Tasks in Second Language Instruction to Connect Speakers Internationally

Chapter 6. Lindy Norris: Using Tasks within Neo-liberal Educational Environments

Chapter 7. Rod Ellis: Teacher-Preparation for Task-based Language Teaching

Section 2: Approaches to Using Tasks

Chapter 8. Kyoko Hillman & Mike Long: A Task-based Needs Analysis for U.S. Foreign Service Officers: The Challenge of the Japanese Celebration Speech

Chapter 9. Rhonda Oliver: Developing Authentic Tasks for the Workplace using Needs Analysis: A Case Study of Australian Aboriginal Vocational Students

Chapter 10. Tatiana Bogachenko & Rhonda Oliver: The Potential use of TBLT in Post-Soviet Society: Case Studies from Ukraine

Chapter 11. Priscila Fabiane Farias & Raquel Carolina Souza Ferraz D`Ely: Task Design and Implementation for Beginning-Level Elementary School Learners in South-Brazil: Challenges and Possibilities

Chapter 12. Maria Elena Solares Altamirano: Teachers' Responses to an Online Course on Task-Based Language Teaching in Mexico

Section 3: Research on Using Tasks

Chapter 13. Masatoshi Sato: Metacognitive instruction for Collaborative Interaction: The Process and Product of Self-regulated Learning in the Chilean EFL Context

Chapter 14. Mohammad Ahmadian & Abbas Mansouri: Collaborative L1 Planning and L2 Written Task Performance in an Iranian EFL Context

Chapter 15. YouJin Kim, Hyejin Cho & Haoshan Ren: Collaborative Writing Tasks in an L3 Classroom: Translanguaging, the Quality of Task Outcomes and learners' Perceptions

Chapter 16. Scott Aubrey: The Role of Task-Based Interaction in Perceived Language Learning in a Japanese EFL Classroom

Chapter 17. Ainara Imaz Agirre & María del Pilar García Mayo: The Impact of Agency in Pair Formation on the Degree of Participation in Young Learners' Collaborative Dialogue

Chapter 18. Justin Harris & Paul Leeming: The Accuracy of Teacher Predictions of Student Language Use in Tasks in a Japanese University

Chapter 19. Rhonda Oliver & Craig Lambert: Future Directions for Research on Tasks in Second Language Instruction


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