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Developing Authentic Speaking Tasks

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Julian L'Enfant

on 25 October 2013

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Developing Authentic Speaking Tasks
Tasks (or activities?)
1. With a partner, do each activity.
Planning a
task-based lesson
1. Establish the topic;
Activity vs Task
1. Reading a dialogue out loud.
Creating a goal or an outcome
Some examples...
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:
is primary;
learners are not given other people's meanings to regurgitate;
there is some sort of relationship to comparable
real-world activities
task completion
has some sort of priority.
the assessment of the task is in terms of
(Skehan, 1998)
Willis and Willis (2007:12-14)
1. Will the activity


learners' interest?
2. Is there a primary

focus on meaning
3. Is there a goal or an
4. Is
judged in terms of
5. Is


a priority?
6. Does the activity relate to

real world activities
Cognitive Processes
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
2. Design
target tasks;
Use cognitive skills to help.
*4. What language will you focus on and how?
3. Decide how to
prime & prepare
the Ss;
NSLTA Conference, Ridgecliff Middle School, October 25, 2013
Julian L'Enfant, Academic Services Manager, Saint Mary's University TESL Centre
Thank you!
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