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Books: Task-Based Language Teaching: Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani, Lambert

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Date: 27-May-2020
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Subject: Task-Based Language Teaching: Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani, Lambert
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Title: Task-Based Language Teaching
Subtitle: Theory and Practice
Series Title: Cambridge Applied Linguistics
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Rod Ellis
Author: Peter Skehan
Author: Shaofeng Li
Author: Natsuko Shintani
Author: Craig Lambert
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108665742 Pages: 430 Price: U.S. $ 32.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108494083 Pages: 430 Price: U.S. $ 115.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108713894 Pages: 430 Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108713894 Pages: 430 Price: U.K. £ 29.99

Task-based language teaching is an approach which differs from traditional approaches by emphasising the importance of engaging learners' natural abilities for acquiring language incidentally through the performance of tasks that draw learners' attention to form. Drawing on the multiple perspectives and expertise of five leading authorities in the field, this book provides a comprehensive and balanced account of task-based language teaching (TBLT). Split into five sections, the book provides an historical account of the development of TBLT and introduces the key issues facing the area. A number of different theoretical perspectives that have informed TBLT are presented, followed by a discussion on key pedagogic aspects - syllabus design, methodology of a task-based lesson, and task-based assessment. The final sections consider the research that has investigated the effectiveness of TBLT, addresses critiques and suggest directions for future research. Task-based language teaching is now mandated by many educational authorities throughout the world and this book serves as a core source of information for researchers, teachers and students.

Part I. Introduction:
1. The pedagogic background to task-based language teaching
Part II. Theoretical Perspectives:
2. Cognitive-interactionist perspectives
3. Psycholinguistic perspectives
4. Sociocultural perspectives
5. Psychological perspectives
6. Educational perspectives
Part III. Pedagogical Perspectives:
7. Task-based syllabus design
8. Methodology of task-based language teaching
9. Task-based testing and assessment
Part IV. Investigating TBLT Programmes:
10. Comparative method studies
11. Evaluating task-based language teaching
Part V. Moving Forward:
12. Responding to the critics of task-based language teaching
13. Questions, challenges, and the future.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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