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1 Enhancing Lessons Using Task-Based Language Teaching District 6 English Learner Summit June 6, 2008

2 District 6 Four Pillars Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Guaranteed Viable Curriculum (GVC) Authentic Literacy Leadership

3 Session Objectives  1. To gain an awareness of the Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) approach.  2. To identify areas of the curriculum where TBLT principles can be applied to lessons.  3. To practice enhancing lessons following the TBLT model.

4 Task-Based Language Teaching “TBLT is an approach which offers students material which they have to actively engage in the processing of in order to achieve a goal or complete a task. TBLT seeks to develop a students’ interlanguage through providing a task and using language to solve it.” Peter Skehan, A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning (1998)

5 Original IE! Lesson Enhanced TBLT Lesson ELD Curriculum:

6 Adding Rigor to Into English! Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) Alignment to ELD Standards Second Language Strategies (Including Thinking Maps®) ELD Portfolio Assessment

7 TBLT Lesson Sequence 1.Set behavior and lesson objectives. 6.Practice acquired forms and functions outside the ELD block. 5.Self-evaluate and reflect. 4.Practice communicatively through structured oral and written tasks. 3.Use task-based activity to explicitly teach language forms & functions. 2.Access prior knowledge and link to new comprehensible input. TBLT Goals

8 Applying TBLT Across the Curriculum

9 Tools to Use for Enhancing Lessons:

10 TBLT Elements to Add: Lesson Objectives (Language vs. Content) Thinking Maps ® (consider 8 Thought Processes) ELD Strategies (Direct & Indirect) Student Talk Opportunities (Input/Output) Differentiation (consider ELD Levels) Additional Resources (materials, realia)

11 Lesson Objectives Lesson Objectives What are the language objectives of the lesson? Should be generated from content standards (ELD, ELA) Written in student- friendly language

12 Thinking Maps Thinking Maps What thought process will students use in the lesson? Brainstorming, Prior Knowledge Classifying Describing Comparing/Contrasting Sequencing Cause & Effect Whole-Part Relationships Seeing Analogies

13 ELD Strategies ELD Strategies Backward Buildup Corrective Recasting RASP Think-Pair-Share Pull Out & Talk/Write Vocalized Reading Visuals/Realia Communication Guides Sentence Starters Affective/Memory Strategies, etc. TPR Etc., etc., etc. What strategies can be incorporated into the lesson?

14 Student Talk Student Talk Is there ample opportunity for student voice in the lesson? What differentiated questions will the teacher ask the students? (Input) What differentiated language forms will students use to answer those questions? (Output) How will the practice of these oral language forms transfer to student’s writing? Is there differentiation based on student’s ELD Levels? In what domains?

15 Differentiation Differentiation Simple (B) Elaborated (EI, I) Complex (EA, A)

16 Let’s Enhance! minutes

17 Session Objectives  1. Did I gain an awareness of the Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) approach?  2. Did I identify areas of the curriculum where TBLT principles can be applied to lessons?  3. Did I practice enhancing lessons following the TBLT model?

18 Reflection/Next Steps Reflection/Next Steps What are the benefits of teachers learning how to enhance lessons and apply strategies beyond the ELD block? What was challenging/helpful in the lesson enhancement process? What steps could your school take in order to facilitate/support lesson enhancement?

19 Professional Readings Professional Readings Jack Richards and Theodore Rodgers (2001), Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, 2 nd Ed. Rod Ellis (2003), Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching Peter Skehan (1998), A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning Kris van den Branden (2006), Task-Based Language Education: From Theory to Practice David Nunan (1989), Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom Dave & Jane Willis (2007), Doing Task-Based Teaching Rebecca Oxford (1990), Language Learning Strategies: What Every Teacher Should Know

20 Contact Information Lenore Medina Elementary ELD Expert (323)


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