Task-based language instruction has proven to be highly effective, but
surprisingly underutilized. Theory can only go so far and hands-on
experience can greatly speed and enhance the learning of a second language.
Nineteen talented instructors who have successfully implemented task-based
programs explain the principles behind the programs, discuss how problems
were resolved, and share details on class activities and program design.
Each chapter takes the reader through the different stages in designing and
setting up such programs, adjusting them, and appraising and testing them
in normal classroom conditions. This book covers TBI syllabus and program
design and is based on actual classroom experience. Any one of the courses
or programs discussed can serve as models for others. Many of the
contributors are highly respected practitioners who are presenting their
programs for the first time, while others are regular participants in
today's ongoing dialogue about teaching methods.
Full of concrete, adaptable models of task-based language teaching drawn
from a number of countries and eleven different languages—including Arabic,
Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, and
Ukrainian—Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education presents
proven, real-world, practical courses and programs; and includes web-based
activities. It demonstrates useful and practical ways to engage students
far beyond what can be learned from reading textbook dialogue. TBI involves
the student directly with the language being taught via cognitively
engaging activities that reflect authentic and purposeful use of language,
resulting in language-learning experiences that are pleasurable and effective.
For all instructors seeking to help their learners enhance their
understanding and grasp of the foreign language they are learning,
Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education is a rich and
rewarding hands-on guide to effective and transformative learning.