The module provides an opportunity to study an area of language pedagogy in depth. This is TBLT - which engages all aspects of second language teaching, and which currently attracts significant interest worldwide. The module provides a unique opportunity for the systematic study of a wide range of issues in language education, including approach, syllabus design, materials design, lesson implementation, language use, language development and assessment.
The main aims of this module are to enable participants:
To gain familiarity with key concepts in TBLT pedagogy and research, as a basis for critically understanding and developing TBLT practices;
To develop an awareness of and ability to critique and design TBLT activities;
To develop an expert and personally relevant understanding of how tasks relate to discourse processing, to interaction, to parameters of oral language, and to learning;
To gain familiarity with the ways in which tasks can be exploited in the language classroom;
To develop the ability to critique research in the area;
To understand the relationship between theory, research, and classroom practice in relation to the development of a task-based methodology;