Presents communicative activities in the context of communicative language teaching 1. Defining Communication 2. Challenges and Benefits of Communicative Tasks 3. Defining Communicative Tasks
4. Implementing Communicative Tasks
According to Dr. Blyth, why does he feel a need to focus on communicative activities?
As a class, discuss what students feel are the challenges and benefits of communicative activities.
Communication or practice? Discuss the difference between guided oral practice and real communication. Which have you experienced more of as a learner?
How might you balance guided practice and real communication in your classroom?
What do Canale and Swain propose as the 4 different sub competencies?
How is grammatical competence different from the other competencies?
Have you had an idea and were unable to communicate it? Give an example or two… Think about cases when you’ve been asked to speak as a learner: how much was merely repetition vs. actual communication?
How does Lee characterize communication in the classroom?
In your opinion, which of the four competencies as defined by Canale and Swain receive the most attention in foreign language education? Why?
Think about your own communicative competence in a second or third language. Are you equally strong in all four competencies?
As a learner what do you find most challenging about group work?
As a teacher what do you find most challenging about group work?
What are some components of a task?
What are the benefits and challenges of tasks?
Have you ever attempted to teach a communicative task only to find out that your students are lacking the linguistic resources to complete the task? Have you ever come across a task that is too unstructured or too complicated?
The teacher put the students in small groups of 3-4. Next, he gave each group some slips of paper with questions. Finally, he told them to take turns discussing the following questions: What kind of food do you like? What kind of food do your friends like? What kind of food do your grandparents like?
The activity was a flop. How could it be modified or what changes could you propose?
What guidelines are proposed for implementing communicative activities?
Guided practice vs. communication
Design and implementation of tasks
Due by 9am Tuesday morning (1-2 paragraphs) Interactions due by Friday 5pm Read the Writing module by class Tuesday
Observation #1 due by class time (UF)