Challenges of Task-based Language Teaching in Online and Blended Learning Contexts

John Iveson


Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is a widely applied approach in second language education. The benefits and challenges of TBLT have been debated over the past thirty years. The advent of technology enhanced learning (TEL) and the use of TBLT in online and blended contexts have revealed further benefits and challenges with this approach. This study briefly summarises the historical background of TBLT, common approaches to TBLT and definitions of tasks. The paper then reviews recent literature relating to TBLT and TEL with specific reference to challenges involving student participation, negotiated meaning and focus on form. The study argues for a comprehensive reassessment of TBLT frameworks in order to address technology related challenges of the TBLT approach.


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Paper Citation

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Iveson J. (2015). Challenges of Task-based Language Teaching in Online and Blended Learning Contexts . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-108-3, pages 277-282. DOI: 10.5220/0005474802770282

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author={John Iveson},
title={Challenges of Task-based Language Teaching in Online and Blended Learning Contexts},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Challenges of Task-based Language Teaching in Online and Blended Learning Contexts
SN - 978-989-758-108-3
AU - Iveson J.
PY - 2015
SP - 277
EP - 282
DO - 10.5220/0005474802770282