The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar is today (Wednesday 30 April) at 5.00pm (Avenue Campus Lecture Theatre C).
Dr. Andrea Revesz , Institute of Education, University of London
Researching task-based language teaching: A focus on task-based processes
Abstract: In the past twenty years, the field of instructed second language (L2) acquisition has seen an increasing interest in the construct of task as a pedagogical tool for promoting L2 learning. Much of the empirical research has been inspired by cognitive-interactionist models for task-based language learning (Skehan, 1998, 2009; Robinson, 2001, 2011). The primary concern of such frameworks is to explain how cognitive task demands can affect L2 processes and outcomes, with the ultimate goal of informing task-based syllabus design. So far, however, empirical research investigating task-based models has mainly been concerned with exploring the relationship between task features and linguistic outcomes. Little research exists that has attempted to examine the processes that tasks may generate, and how such processes might relate to the outcomes of task-based performance and learning. In this talk, drawing on my own and others’ work, I will discuss and demonstrate how triangulating data obtained via various methods, such as eye-tracking, dual task methodology, questionnaires, and verbal protocols, may help explore links between task processes and products. I will argue that the integration of multiple data sources enables researchers to arrive at more valid conclusions about cognitive-interactionist models of task-based language teaching and more sound implications for L2 teaching.
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