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ERIC Number: EJ1190035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Task-Based Teaching of Indigenous Languages: Investment and Methodological Principles in Macuiltianguis Zapotec and Salish Qlispe Revitalization
Riestenberg, Kate; Sherris, Ari
Canadian Modern Language Review, v74 n3 p434-459 Aug 2018
Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is a pedagogical approach that involves identifying real-world tasks that learners need to be able to do in the target language and then developing classroom-appropriate, context-specific versions of these tasks. In this paper, we use Long's methodological principles for TBLT to evaluate a task-based approach within two Indigenous language-teaching contexts: the Macuiltianguis Zapotec classroom in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a workshop for teachers of Salish Qlipse in the state of Montana. Throughout the article, we give special consideration to issues of investment in the target language, expanding on Norton's definition of language learner investment to argue that teacher and community investment in the language and language revitalization process are critical to the successful implementation of TBLT in Indigenous contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana; Mexico (Oaxaca)