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Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching by Mike Long

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Chapter 9Task-Based Materials

9.1.  Desirable Qualities of Pedagogic Tasks (PTs)

For reasons explained in Chapter 7, TBLT lessons are built around tasks, not texts. Spoken or written texts are static records of someone else's (previous) task accomplishment, i.e., a by-product of tasks. Basing lessons on texts (as in much content-based language teaching) means studying language as object, not learning language as a living entity through using it and experiencing its use during task completion. Learners need to learn how to do a task themselves. There is a world of difference, for instance, on the one hand, ...

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