Task-based Language Teaching to Promote Oral Communication (TOP-IG)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific
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With 1.5 billion English speakers in the world, the status of English as a lingua franca is widely recognized (Ethnologue, 2023). In addition, it’s clear that one main goal of many English learners is to be able to communicate internationally as global citizens. However, among the different language skills, speaking is difficult to master especially when there’s generally a lack of opportunities for authentic communication inside and outside the classroom in many contexts. While governments, teacher associations, and publishers have been promoting communicative language teaching, there are challenges to implement it for various reasons. Task-based language teaching (TBLT) offers a principled approach to making language lessons and classes more communicative and meaning-focused because tasks may offer learners more compelling reasons to communicate in pairs or in groups. In this webinar, the presenters will introduce the audience to TBLT by introducing the four criteria of tasks (Ellis, 2013), presenting different task types, and sharing specific examples of tasks that she has successfully used in the classroom and in an app. With specific criteria, a systematic taxonomy of tasks, and well-designed materials as examples, teachers will be able to develop their own tasks that are relevant to their curriculum and their students’ interests to encourage authentic language use in the classroom.

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Friday, July 19  2024, 12:00-1:00 California Time


Members: Free
Non-members: $5.00


Linh Phung

Dr. Linh Phung is a dedicated educator, innovator, and bilingual writer. With Eduling, she leads a cross-functional team of IT developers, content developers, and designers in the development of Eduling Speak, an app that connects learners to talk in pairs based on 1200+ communicative tasks and games. She has published a number of academic articles in high-impact journals and presented widely at conferences. Some of her published books include IELTS Speaking Part 2, Four Seasons Together (a picture book), and Spanish Learning Games. 


Hosted by CATESOL TOP-IG Teaching of Pronunciation Interest Group

Coordinators: Marsha Chan, Patryk Mrozek, Randall Rightmire


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