Task-based activities

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Resources for task-based activities

 

Ligne Directe 1
Level 1 and 2
Unit 1 ideas and activities
James Donaldson
Iona College
JPG files
23/7/2016

Year 9 Le texte s’appelle Ligne Directe 1 – j’ai commencé à utiliser ce texte cette année et chaque unité a un tache finale. Tout est en francais mais j’ai trouvé qu’il faut expliquer de temps en temps en anglais. Avec les dossiers j’ai attache les contenus, un jeu d’oie et tache finale du premier unité. J’ai commandé par FNAC c’est Ligne Directe 1 et c’est lié au DELF A1 Il y a des contenus gratuits à télécharger http://www.editionsdidier.com/article/ligne-directe-1-niveau-a1-livre-eleve-cd-audio/

James Donaldson(Iona College) Year 9 Le texte s'appelle Ligne Directe 1 - j'ai commencé à utiliser ce texte cette année et chaque unité a un tache finale. Tout est en francais mais j'ai trouvé qu'il faut expliquer de temps en temps en anglais. Avec les dossiers j'ai attache les contenus, un jeu d'oie et tache finale du premier unité. J'ai commandé par FNAC c'est Ligne Directe 1 et c'est lié au DELF A1 Il y a des contenus gratuits à télécharger http://www.editionsdidier.com/article/ligne-directe-1-niveau-a1-livre-eleve-cd-audio/

James Donaldson(Iona College) Year 9 Le texte s'appelle Ligne Directe 1 - j'ai commencé à utiliser ce texte cette année et chaque unité a un tache finale. Tout est en francais mais j'ai trouvé qu'il faut expliquer de temps en temps en anglais. Avec les dossiers j'ai attache les contenus, un jeu d'oie et tache finale du premier unité. J'ai commandé par FNAC c'est Ligne Directe 1 et c'est lié au DELF A1 Il y a des contenus gratuits à télécharger http://www.editionsdidier.com/article/ligne-directe-1-niveau-a1-livre-eleve-cd-audio/

 

James Donaldson(Iona College) Year 9 Le texte s'appelle Ligne Directe 1 - j'ai commencé à utiliser ce texte cette année et chaque unité a un tache finale. Tout est en francais mais j'ai trouvé qu'il faut expliquer de temps en temps en anglais. Avec les dossiers j'ai attache les contenus, un jeu d'oie et tache finale du premier unité. J'ai commandé par FNAC c'est Ligne Directe 1 et c'est lié au DELF A1 Il y a des contenus gratuits à télécharger http://www.editionsdidier.com/article/ligne-directe-1-niveau-a1-livre-eleve-cd-audio/

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What is “task-based learning?”

Current second language teaching pedagogy gives much weight to “task-based learning”. This is an approach which starts with a question.  What do I want my students  to be able to do at the end of this unit of learning?  The task should be practical, relevant to the students’ needs, connect directly to an authentic context and allow students to work together to accomplish a goal.

There should be no doubt in the students’ minds as to the purpose or worth of the learning.  The pressure to achieve well should come from the need to create a clear end product, which will be understandable by a real-life audience. Of themselves students will want to polish and redo until they are satisfied that it is of an acceptable standard.

Manu Ménard

Manu Ménard, one of the most inspirational French teachers in New Zealand, has written a book about how to implement the task-based approach in practical terms.  Many New Zealand teachers will have heard Manu presenting his ideas and conducting sample lessons at various Langsems, Fransems and Conferences.  What he says is well worth listening to.

Manu’s book, Taking the Plunge – a task based approach to teaching languages in your classroom, is available in e-book format at a cost of $15.00 from Oceanbooks.  The NZAFT encourages teachers to get a copy and to implement some of his suggestions.

In Manu’s own words:

The Task-Based Approach or “l’approche actionnelle” is a way of teaching languages that revolutionised my pedagogical approach. It is difficult to sum it up in an introduction and that’s why I spent time writing a book about what it is to me and how it could be implemented in a classroom.
However, here are, in a nutshell, a few fundamental ingredients

  • a huge dose of full immersion
  • a focus on form towards the end of the unit plan
  • a necessity to find a meaningful end product to the students
  • and a framework that is as follows
    1. Priming phase (or mini-tasks or pretasks)
    2. Main Task (working on the end product)
    3. Focus on form (working on a point of language)
    4. Main Task again (reworking on the end product but improving from the error raised in the focus on form)
    5. Evaluation
    6. Recycling (some time later).

Try it and you’ll see a massive difference of engagement in your students! Contact me if you’re unsure!

Manu has generously shared one of his series of lessons for you to try.

 

Martin East ~ “Task based language teaching from the teachers’ perspective

Martin East’s book on task-based teaching and learning is available from John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Martin describes his book:

Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is being encouraged as part of a major overhaul of the entire school languages curriculum in New Zealand. However, teachers often struggle with understanding what TBLT is, and how to make TBLT work in classrooms. Using the stories that emerged from a series of interviews with teachers (the curriculum implementers) and with advisors (the curriculum leaders), this book highlights the possibilities for TBLT innovation in schools.

It also identifies the constraints, and proposes how these might be addressed. The result is a book that, whilst rooted in a particular local context, provides a valuable sourcebook of teacher stories that have relevance for a wide range of people working in a diverse range of contexts. This book will be of genuine interest to all those who wish to understand more about TBLT innovation, and the opportunities and challenges it brings.

J. Willis ~ A framework for task-based learning