EKIA310 Tasks in Language Teaching (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This course will explore communicative, task-based language teaching from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Completion methods

Classes will consist of lectures, group work and discussion, along with homework reading. The final classes will consist of students' own practice teaching sessions, in which they try out a task that they have designed.

Assessment details

Active participation in class (83% attendance), a practice teaching session and a task-portfolio.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be able to:

- understand the principles of communicative language teaching in general and task-based language teaching specifically
- draw from a wide repertoire of different types of tasks when teaching
- design effective language learning tasks for different kinds of learners (applying language learning theory and research findings)
- design task-based courses, sequencing tasks in ways that promote learners' progression
- implement tasks in the classroom effectively

Description of prerequisites


Study materials

Compulsory reading material will be provided during the course. A useful background source is Willis D. & Willis J. (2007) Doing Task-based Teaching; Ellis, R. (2003) Task-based Language Learning and Teaching.

Completion methods

Method 1

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