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Article: The suitability of task-based approaches for secondary schools: Perspectives from Hong Kong

TitleThe suitability of task-based approaches for secondary schools: Perspectives from Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsContext
Situated task-based approaches
Task-based teaching
Issue Date2007
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/system
Citation
System, 2007, v. 35 n. 4, p. 595-608 How to Cite?
AbstractTask-based teaching has a high profile within contemporary ELT, yet there are few analyses of the appropriateness of task-based approaches for school contexts. This paper aims to analyse the suitability of task-based teaching for Hong Kong secondary schools; and to derive some suggestions for the development of a version of task-based approaches feasible for this and other comparable school contexts. The research method for the study involved semi-structured interviews with 11 secondary school teachers and 10 teacher educators based on purposive sampling. An overarching finding is the need for adaptation and a flexible 'situated version of task-based teaching'. The proposed adaptation includes: clarifying or enhancing the role of grammar instruction; integrating tasks with the requirements of examinations; and emphasizing reading and writing tasks in addition to oral ones. The study suggests a weak version of task-based teaching is likely to be most suitable for schooling and reinforces claims for the desirability of context-sensitive approaches. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/85348
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.834
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.703
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dc.description.abstractTask-based teaching has a high profile within contemporary ELT, yet there are few analyses of the appropriateness of task-based approaches for school contexts. This paper aims to analyse the suitability of task-based teaching for Hong Kong secondary schools; and to derive some suggestions for the development of a version of task-based approaches feasible for this and other comparable school contexts. The research method for the study involved semi-structured interviews with 11 secondary school teachers and 10 teacher educators based on purposive sampling. An overarching finding is the need for adaptation and a flexible 'situated version of task-based teaching'. The proposed adaptation includes: clarifying or enhancing the role of grammar instruction; integrating tasks with the requirements of examinations; and emphasizing reading and writing tasks in addition to oral ones. The study suggests a weak version of task-based teaching is likely to be most suitable for schooling and reinforces claims for the desirability of context-sensitive approaches. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.subjectContexten_HK
dc.subjectSituated task-based approachesen_HK
dc.subjectTask-based teachingen_HK
dc.titleThe suitability of task-based approaches for secondary schools: Perspectives from Hong Kongen_HK
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