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Title: Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching with Technology
Edited By: Michael Thomas
Hayo Reinders
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=168448
Description:

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

This edited collection considers the relationship between task-based
language teaching (TBLT) and technology-enhanced learning. TBLT is
concerned with a number of macro-tasks such as information gathering and
problem-solving as well as evaluative tasks, all of which are increasingly
available via online and Web-based technologies. Technology Enhanced
Learning refers to a broad conception of technology use in the language
classroom and incorporates a range of interactive learning technologies such
as Interactive Whiteboards and mobile learning devices.

The popularity of Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, social networking sites,
podcasting, virtual worlds), as well as practical applications of mobile
learning, place a fresh emphasis on creating project-orientated language
learning tasks with a clear real-world significance for learners of foreign
languages. This book examines the widespread interest in these new
technology-enhanced learning environments and looks at how they are being
used to promote task-based learning. This book will appeal to practioners and
researchers in applied linguistics, second language acquisition and education
studies.

'Though task-based and technology-mediated language instruction are a
natural match, no works before this edited collected have explained the
relationship so clearly. Highly recommended for researchers and practitioners
alike who are interested in how authentic interaction via digital media can
improve second language learning.' Professor Mark Warschauer, Department
of Education, University of California, Irvine, USA

Contents: List of Abbreviations \ List of Figures and Tables \ List of
Contributors \ Foreword Rod Ellis \ 1. Introduction Michael Thomas and Hayo
Reinders \ PART I. RESEARCH ON TASKS IN CALL \ 2. Research on the
Use of Technology in Task-Based Language Teaching Andreas Müller-
Hartmann and Marita Schocker-v. Ditfurth \ 3. Task-Based Language
Teaching in Networked-Based CALL: An Analysis of Research on Learner
Interaction in Synchronous CMC Mark Peterson \ 4. Taking Intelligent CALL
to Task Matthias Schulze \ 5. Effects of Multimodality in Computer-Mediated
Communication Tasks Glenn Stockwell \ 6. Measuring Complexity in Task-
Based Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication Karina Collentine \
PART II. APPLYING TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED TASKS \ 7. Task Design
for a Virtual Learning Environment in a Distance Language Course Regine
Hampel \ 8. Teacher Development, TBLT and Technology Thomas Raith and
Volker Hegelheimer \ 9. Edubba: Real-world Writing Tasks in a Virtual World
Kenneth Reeder \ 10. The Enactment of Task Design in Telecollaboration 2.0
Mirjam Hauck \ 11. Afterword: Future Directions for Technology-Mediated
Tasks Gary Motteram and Michael Thomas \ Index

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1441124012
ISBN-13: 9781441124012
Pages: 272
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99