TASK-BASED LEARNING

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LOCATION: Malaga

 

Task Based Learning (TBL) is a language teaching method that primary focus of classroom activity is the task and language is the instrument which the students use to complete it. The task is an activity in which students use language to achieve a specific outcome. The activity reflects real life and learners focus on meaning, they are free to use any language they want. Playing a game, solving a problem or sharing information or experiences, can all be considered as relevant and authentic tasks. It is also the leading methodology in CLIL (Contents and Language Integrated Learning) and is often used when implementing the 21st Century Skills in the language classroom. This TBL course offers an alternative for language teachers whom wants to let their students to get more personalised and relevant experiences with the language, improve their communicational skills, motivate them through real life language using experiences.

OBJECTIVES

 

  • Basic principles of TBL
  • Theories and modules that influenced task-based syllabus
  • Strengths and weaknesses of TBL
  • Teaching situations best suited for TBL
  • TBL Lesson framework
  • A pre-task activity which introduces the topic and task
  • Task cycle: Task > Planning > Report
  • Types of task with its examples
  • Information, opinion, reasoning gap activities
  • Planning of task feedback from learners in pairs or small groups
  • Sample tasks and task preparation
  • Its impact on reading, listening and writing
  • ICT applications in TBL
  • Task based assessment
  • Observing current good practices and developments in Spain and Europe
  • Exchanging experiences and cross-cultural practices
  • Sharing best practices, ideas and materials between colleagues
  • Improving of language and communication skills
  • Increasing international cooperation and intercultural awareness

PROGRAM

Day 1 Activities
10:00-12:00 Getting to know each other – Presentation of participant organizations
12:00-14:00 Introduction to course program
16:00-20:00 Guided city tour - Welcome dinner with participants
Day 2 Activities
10:00-11:30 What is Task Based Leearning?
11:30-13:00 Theories and Modules
13:00-14:00 Strenghts and weaknesses
Day 3 Activities
10:00-11:30 Task based learning lesson framework
11:30-13:00 Task cycles and type of tasks
13:00-14:00 Sample tasks and best situations + ICT
Day 4 Activities
10:00-11:30 MINI PROJECT: Task preparation
11:30-13:00 MINI PROJECT: Task presentations and evaluation
15:00-18:00 School Visit: Spanish education system & Best practices
Day 5 Activities
10:00-11:30 Task based assessment
11:30-13:00 Course evaluation
15:00-18:00 Europass mobility & Participation Certificates
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