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ERIC Number: EJ1052114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
A Task-Based Language Teaching Approach to the Police Traffic Stop
O'Connell, Stephen P.
TESL Canada Journal, v31 spec iss 8 p116-131 2014
One possible hurdle to implementing the Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) approach is uncertainty about how to turn target tasks into materials that can be used in the classroom. This article discusses the steps taken to create materials for one target task (communicating with a police officer during a traffic stop) in a manner that provides a framework for others who wish to create materials for target tasks to follow. Specifically, the discussion will focus on how information was obtained from domain experts (police officers) and how samples of target discourse were collected. It will then explain how that information was turned into prototypical dialogues, which then serve as the foundation for pedagogic tasks that can be used to help learners achieve the goal of communicating with police officers during traffic stops. By explaining how prototypical dialogues were developed for this target task, it is believed that some of the uncertainty about how to turn the theory of TBLT into something concrete for learners will be alleviated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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