Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 9, 1989 - Foreign Language Study - 211 pages
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Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom provides a balanced introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of communicative task design, and is aimed at all second and foreign language teachers who want to develop their own tasks, or adopt/adapt those of others. The major purpose is to integrate recent research and practice in language teaching into a framework for analysing learning tasks. This framework should help teachers select, adapt or create their own communicative tasks. The ideas presented are relevant to teachers working in or preparing for a range of teaching situations with a variety of learner types.

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“The task is a piece of meaning–focused work involving learners in comprehending, producing and/or interacting in the target language”.


Learning tasks and the language curriculum
Analysing language skills
Roles and settings in the language class
Chapter B Sequencing and integrating tasks
Tasks and teacher development
Appendix A A selection of tasks and units of work
Appendix B Approaches and methods an overview
Cumulative bibliography

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About the author (1989)

Dr. David Nunan is Director of the English Centre and Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong. He is well known for his innovative methodology and his remarkable ability to bring to the classroom a variety of activities that will enhance students' oral production. He is a past president of International TESOL, and has published numerous journal articles and texts including the core series Atlas, Expressions, and GO FOR IT! and the skills series Listen In, all for Heinle. His professional titles with Heinle include Second Language Teaching & Learning and Pursuing Professional Development. The Business Review Weekly selected him as the 7th most influential Australian in Asia.

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