Author Virginia Samuda, Martin Bygate
Publisher • Foreign language teaching and research
Published October, 2010
Page material gelatine plate paper
Tasks in Second Language Learning aims to bring more fully into debate the holistic nature of language learning, which tasks are one way of achieving, and to outline the research implications of this perspective. It sets language learning tasks within a broad educational and social science perspective, with a consistent focus on the principles and practices of their use in the language classroom.
Using case study data, illustrative materials, transcript data, and close analyses of published research studies, it provides ample and lively illustration of the contributions of a range of specialists in research, teaching methodology and materials development, and of the authors' own argument.
About the Author
VIRGINIA SAMUDA is Researcher in Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, . She has worked as a language teacher, teacher educator, materials writer and classroom researcher in North and South America, SE Asia and the UK. Throughout her work, she has had a long-standing interest in tasks and task design. She is particularly interested in how tasks function in classrooms, and the ways in which teachers and students work with them.
MARTIN BYGATE is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education at Lancaster University. He teaches and researches in second language acquisition and second language education. He is the author of Speaking and co-editor of Grammar and the Language Classroom (with Alan Tonkyn and Eddie Williams) and Researching Pedagogic Tasks: Second Language Learning, Teaching and Testing (with Peter Skehan and Merrill Swain).
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