E-task based language
INTERLINK Language Centers/AlYammamah University
• Introduction to ETBLT
• Developing a task
• My favorite digital tools
• Developing your ETBLT
• How does technology enhance the learning from tasks?
• Q&A and feedback cards
ETBLT (Introduction )
E-Task based language teaching (ETBLT) is a process-oriented approach that uses
one type of technology such as (web-based tools, websites or apps) to create
meaningful learning opportunities for the learners. Centering language education
around E-tasks is expected to give learners an experiential educative process in
which they use the target language for making meaning in real life situations.
However, when communicative tasks are implemented in classroom settings, a
major challenge arises in how to make these tasks authentic, or perceived as
authentic by the students. The second challenge is designing tasks that generate
meaning based communication (lai&li 2013). Other challenges include students’
overreliance on the teacher, the crowded classrooms and students’ passive
Many of these challenges are due to temporal physical constraints of
the classroom context and can be minimized with the assistance of
technology. The use of technology enhances the authenticity of
tasks and the motivation of task implementation in addition to
facilitating the students’ ownership of tasks.
Developing a task
In groups of three, please develop a task about a topic of your choice.
The more confidently you can answer yes to each of these questions,
the more task-like the activity.
• Will the activity engage learners' interest?
• Is there a primary focus on meaning?
• Is there a goal or an outcome?
• Is success judged in terms of outcome?
• Is completion a priority?
• Does the activity relate to real world activities?'
My favorite digital tools
Name of the tool: Voki
Description: Voki is a FREE service that lets you:
Create customized avatars.
Add voice to your Voki avatars.
Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
Take advantage of Voki's learning resources.
Name: Google maps
Google Maps Help you to create highly motivating activities and tasks that encourage
students to practice reading, writing and speaking skills as well as develop visual literacy,
cartographic and technical skills. It appeals to younger students in general and visual
learners in particular. It is easily adaptable for project based learning tasks for the entire
class, for groups or for individuals. And best of all, it is fun and free.
It is a shared calendar application. With Teamup it's easy for groups to share plans, schedules and
processes without requiring anyone to have an account or share personal calendars. You can create
your calendar for free and share it via secret links with highly flexible access control.
This tool allows teachers and students to upload, share and discuss
documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50
different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread. Users can
comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting
options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.
Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and
collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and
Glogster is a tool that allows your students to create interactive
posters. The students insert text, images, photos, audio, videos,
special effects and other elements into their posters to generate a
multimedia online creation.
Name: Audio Lingua
Audio Lingua is a website from the GEP (a Group of Pedagogical
Experiments) of the Regional Centre of Pedagogical Documentation
(C.R.D.P). It offers personalized mp3 resources to listen online or
download in order to practice the oral comprehension skill.
Verbling's mission is to make language learning faster and easier for
anyone. It offers free classes in English for the students to join and
practice their English with other English speakers from different
parts of the world.
Name: Film English
The site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in English
language teaching and learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the
use of video and film to teach English. In addition, the lessons promote
critical thinking in the language classroom, and encourage learners to
reflect on values while learning a language.
Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated
educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented
educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform
also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily
create a customized lesson around the video.
Name: CNN students news & Breaking News English
They are daily web shows highlighting a handful of stories. The
stories covered range from traditional serious news topics to light
and fun stories. These sites provide printable quizzes and tasks that
go along with each story.
Name: Writing prompts
This writing prompt generator app uses pictures, colors, words,
genres and different types of writing to provide creative inspiration
for writers and writing students. The app also includes a database
of 600 creative writing prompts in the form of quotes, story openers
and writing exercises.
Name: Word Bucket
Word Bucket is a language dictionary, notebook and word-learning
game all in one great app. In this app, students can find new words,
then test themselves, and play word games.
Name : My Word Book
It is an interactive vocabulary notebook for learners of English.
Students can learn new words with multimedia flashcards, edit
them or add new ones, practice with instant activities, and watch
their vocabulary grow!Each word card contains an image, audio
pronunciation, translation (5 languages included), and definition
and example sentences from Cambridge dictionaries.
Name: Learn English Grammar
LearnEnglish Grammar is a top interactive grammar practice app
designed to help improve English grammar accuracy. The app offers
1000s of questions to help practice and reinforce your English
Developing your ETBLT
• Please choose a digital tool from the list that I just shared with
you, and incorporate it in the task that you designed at the
beginning of the session.
How does technology enhance the learning
How does technology enhance the learning from tasks?
• Language production (Low affective filters)
• Quality of language
• Creating real life situations
Are there any challenges?