More Talking, Less Drilling: Developing Tasks with Communicative Intent

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Brett Walter
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

In a lot of language classrooms, tasks are often developed that are little more than drills, having students repeat the same phrase multiple times while only replacing one or two key vocabulary words and drilling only for the sake of drilling. But recent Second Language Acquisition research has shown that effective tasks are activities that structure interaction among participants and use language for an outcome that is both concrete and focuses on the exchange of meaning. Participants in this workshop will learn about and develop different types of tasks that have a communicative purpose driving them. For details, see http://hiroshima-jalt.org