DATE: Wednesday 17 February 2016
PLACE: Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. 312 – Módulo VI-bis
The Interactionist Approach and Task-based learning in EFL and CLIL settings
María del Pilar García Mayo
Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
How to make language meaningful in a foreign language setting where the target language is not the native language of the local population and where access to input is basically restricted to the classroom is quite a challenge. As mentioned in recent overviews on the topic (Shehadeh, 2012), although there have been governmental efforts to support learner-centered instruction, traditional language-centered and teacher-centered instruction is still documented in many foreign language settings.
In this talk I will present work carried out from the perspective of the Interactionist Hypothesis (Long, 1996; Pica, 2013). I will consider the importance of tasks for language learning and review work carried out in both EFL and CLIL settings, with adult and young learners engaged in interaction while completing communicative tasks in English, their foreign language. It will be shown how communicative, goal-oriented, meaning-based and age-appropriate tasks lead to not only learner engagement but also to focus on formal aspects of language without teacher intervention. Arguments for more empirical work in foreign language settings will be made as that type of research is crucial for stakeholders to make informed decisions for curriculum design and classroom practice.
The lecture is organized within the 6th Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Research Seminar (2016).