Do you use TBLT in your teaching? What are the challenges and benefits of the approach?
With a good teacher and a motivated student, any method will work. Otherwise, any method will fail. As far as using a task-based approach in teaching foreign languages, it may be useful at times for certain students, but there are a lot of methods that work far better with a wider range of students. For most intermediate level language learners, I consider task-based "teaching" can easily be counter productive.
Tasks can be as extensive as school work or much lighter. I use the much lighter.
In other words, if a student is given a text to read or a song to study, I hope that they will actually
study it until the next time I practice with them. Sometimes I ask them to read it back the following meeting, but often not.
But a "taskless" practice session does not seem very effective to me.
If progress is to be made with the expectation that the student is eventually going to take an English language examination, study will need to be task oriented.
Thank you Mr.phil for taking part in this discussion.
Thank you Mr.Bruce. You're absolutely right.
Do you think that a task-based approach in teaching is a good approach?