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Developing Authentic Speaking Tasks
Transcript of Developing Authentic Speaking Tasks
Tasks (or activities?)
1. With a partner, do each activity.
1. Establish the topic;
Activity vs Task
1. Reading a dialogue out loud.
Creating a goal or an outcome
2. Decide which one of your grandparents is / was the most interesting. Give two reasons. Vote to find the 3 most interesting grandparent in the class.
6. Asking & answering questions using the ‘new' patterns.
2. Doing a drill.
3. Students writing to display their control of certain language items.
5. Planning a class night out.
4. Think of the busiest day you have had recently.
7. Talk about your grandparents.
What is a Task?
"A task is an activity in which:
learners are not given other people's meanings to regurgitate;
there is some sort of relationship to comparable
has some sort of priority.
the assessment of the task is in terms of
Willis and Willis (2007:12-14)
1. Will the activity
2. Is there a primary
focus on meaning
3. Is there a goal or an
judged in terms of
6. Does the activity relate to
real world activities
2. Which cognitive processing skill is used?
3. Is it a task (according to Willis & Willis)?
1. Find out 3 things that your grandparents and your partner's grandparents had in common.
Jane Willis, May 2008
Use cognitive skills to help.
*4. What language will you focus on and how?
3. Decide how to
prime & prepare
NSLTA Conference, Ridgecliff Middle School, October 25, 2013
Julian L'Enfant, Academic Services Manager, Saint Mary's University TESL Centre