The purpose of this project is two-fold: (i) to design, implement, and evaluate a prototype task-based language teaching (TBLT) program for tertiary foreign language education; and (ii) to assess the relative merits of a focus on forms, a focus on form, and a focus on meaning, in such a program. The target languages are Korean (demonstration language) and ESL, with ESL included primarily because focus on form techniques and prototype materials for task-based teaching that are developed in English can be utilized as templates for the production of materials in additional languages. The teacher training modules for both TBLT methodology and focus-on-form curriculum innovations, together with prototype modules of task-based materials (Korean and English versions), will be disseminated to the foreign language community at large through NFLRC publications and specifically to teachers of Korean in a national workshop in Summer 2001.
Part I: A prototype TBLT program for tertiary foreign language education. Following the schema laid out in a series of publications on task-based language teaching since the mid-1980's by Michael Long of the University of Hawai‘i, this project consists of the following steps for each language:
Part II: Focus on form in task-based language teaching. This part of the project will consist of a study to assess the effectiveness of use of a focus on form as part of the methodological package for delivering the task-based courses outlined above. Depending on how many classes are available and whether random assignment of students proves feasible, the study will be conducted either with a true experimental design or through a pre- or quasi-experimental design using intact classes. Three treatments will be compared: task-based language teaching with a focus on meaning only, task-based language teaching with a focus on form as well as meaning, and traditional teaching (focus on forms) with no task-based component. Pre-tests, post-tests, classroom observations and the analysis of class transcripts will be used to compare the treatments.
Description of final form of results
TIMELINE OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES