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ERIC Number: EJ924068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Tinkering with Tasks Knows No Bounds: ESL Teachers' Adaptations of Task-Based Language-Teaching
Plews, John L.; Zhao, Kangxian
TESL Canada Journal, v28 n1 p41-59 Win 2010
Research on implementing task-based language-teaching (TBLT) shows that adapting TBLT in ways that are inconsistent with its principles is common among nonnative-speaker English-as-a-foreign-language teachers. Our study of Canadian native-speaker English-as-a-second language teachers reveals how they also adapt TBLT in ways that are incongruent with its theoretical underpinnings, turning it into Presentation-Practice-Production. We thus question speaker identity as an indicator of a teacher's propensity to adapt TBLT and call for professional development on the effective practice of TBLT for all English-language teachers regardless of their speaker identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada