Options in the design of a task-based language teaching curriculum: An educational perspective
Event type: Public Lectures23 June 2021 from 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
This lecture is going ahead as scheduled according to level 1 guidelines, but attendees are encouraged to follow level 2 guidelines such as scanning QR codes, maintaining physical distancing, and wearing face coverings wherever distancing is difficult.
2021 LALS Public Lectures by Professor Rod Ellis (Curtin University)
Sponsored by the Ian Gordon Endowment Fund
I draw on the education literature to describe four educational curriculum models, which serve as a basis for presenting four TBLT curricula based on the proposals of Prabhu (1987), Willis (1996), Long (1985; 2015a; 2015b) and myself (Ellis, 2003 and 2019) – all of which have figured in the development of TBLT. I propose a set of questions that can be used to evaluate these models. I then turn to examine the curriculum design process, identifying options in TBLT curricula that are available at each stage of the process. I point to a tension that exists between what SLA theory indicates is needed and what environmental constraints make feasible and conclude with a plea for flexibility by weighing up which options are appropriate in different teaching situations. I also summarize how I see TBLT benefitting from adopting a broad education perspective that includes critical language pedagogy.
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