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Doing Task-Based Teaching: A practical guide to task-based teaching for ELT training courses and practising teachers. (Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers) Paperback – 19 Apr 2007
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This book however, was not very helpful. It lacked clear definitions and solid advice. I was looking for a chapter or a least a few words on how to actually assess TBL but there is nothing helpful. Briefly, it mentions that teachers should consult the website of leading exam boards to see how they will assess learner, but this doesn't really answer my question. I can understand why TBL isn't often considered a 'unteachable' and an impractical method.
I think this book is more suited to teachers who are already familiar with TBL and are looking for practical advice and activities they can implement in their own classes. For that, the book is great. But for someone like me, who is writing an essay, and needs cohesive arguments and definitions of TBL, the book is a little lacking.
For example, the first chapter is called 'What do you think about task-based teaching?' and there are many examples of differing ideas of TBL. This is ok, but to me, seems like a waste of time. I don't need to faff around with vague assumptions of what TBL is. It's most probably a personal opinion, but I find books like this tend to waffle a lot and waste valuable time.
I would suggest Rod Ellis' 'Task-based Language Learning and Teaching', chapter 11 in Dianne Larsen-Freeman's 'Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching' (very clear and easy to understand) and chapter 18 in Richards and Rodgers' 'Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching'.
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I would also like to suggest that if you are relatively new to TBT, that you try reading Doing Task-based Teaching simultaneously with Teacher's Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching, a collection of papers, edited by Corony Edwards, a tutor at the University of Birmingham's (UK) MA TESOL program and Jane Willis, who used to teach in Aston University's (UK) MsC TESOL program. I also liked this book, too, except for four statistically based papers about four teacher's in-class action research, which were not exactly pertinent to my own teaching and interests. But that was a small price to pay for another fine book, which should be reviewed separately on this site.
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