We’ve been talking for a long time about how we should infuse language classes with language that communicates meaning. We’ve also been talking about how we can make sure the meanings we’re choosing are the ones students actually need and want to communicate in the real world. When meaningful language meets meaningful purposes, whether you realize it or not, you’re working under a framework known in the language research world as Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT). In my opinion, several trends in language learning, including the concept of learning and assessment through IPAs as well as Project/Problem-Based Learning/Inquiry all fall under this umbrella known as TBLT. So what is TBLT, and what is a task? That’s the topic of this episode of the Musicuentos Black Box Podcast video series.
This episode breaks the Black Box mold a bit, in that it is not based on a particular research article, but I believe you’ll find it a comprehensive, comprehensible overview of an important methodology framework in language teaching. Also, my next videocast is a specific research study on task choice as an application of TBLT, and so this episode sets us up nicely for that study.
As a side note, in this episode you’ll get to meet Elliott Goodman, whom I am pleased to welcome to the Black Box team. I’m so grateful for his help and contributions and I look forward to see what else I can learn from him.