Using collaborative task-based learning in the foreign language classroom to help develop students’ digital literacies

ID: 50745 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Oranna Speicher and Sandra Reisenleutner, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Thursday, June 22 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Joyce Johnston, George Mason University, United States

Student engagement and motivation are just some of the advantages of using tasks in foreign language teaching and learning. This is in part due to the possibility of drawing on students’ own experience and empowering them in decisions they take in order to solve a task. Our poster presentation will report on a project we are running on task-based learning in the academic year 2016/7 in German language classes in an institution-wide languages programme at a UK university. The project involves tasks that facilitate language learning with a real purpose and focus on meaning rather than simply focus on form. The tasks also foster collaboration between students, and are designed such that they assist the students in the continuous development of their digital literacies. Our poster will report on the outcome of the project, as well as the students’ view on the learning process.


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