Course Title:CT and CLIL - Task based activities in foreign language learning / TIC e CLIL Compiti comunicativi nell’apprendimento delle lingue
Rationale and justification for the course:This course presents methods and good practices of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) with examples from the European funded project (530863-LLP-1-2012-1-NLKA2-KA2MP) in which the University of Turin is a consortium Partner.
The course aims at providing teachers with competences in designing and implementation of TBLT activities together with the active use of ICT.
On the one hand the TBLT approach helps teachers in eliciting authentic language and communication beyond the structural activities proposed by textbooks; on the other hand ICT responds to the manifold needs of learners in terms of multimodality and – most important –motivation.
The suggested activities fully align with the recommendations of the CERF and the Italian National Guidelines for language teaching and learning.
Investigation of the field (state of the art) and innovative character:In recent years ICT has become an essential requirement in a teacher’s portfolio as well as the emphasis on communicative language classroom and functional learning has deeply influenced the teaching approach to the language classroom. TBLT makes the integration of communicative approach and ICT possible.
Thomas and Reinders (2010) and González-Lloret and Ortega (2014) edited volumes of studies dedicated to TBLT mediated by ICT, covering subjects as diverse as intercultural exchanges with the application of computer-mediated communication (CMC), network-based CALL, synchronous and asynchronous CMC, training teachers, and networks of virtual worlds. This course aims to train teachers to develop strategies for TBLT by the means of ICT tools.
Target groups:Primary and secondary school language teachers, teacher trainees, subject CLIL
Outcomes: changes in practices, procedures or didactic materials:• Understand the main principles of TBLT.
• Design TBLT activities .
• Use ICT and integrate them in the tasks.
• Incorporate tasks in CLIL classes.
• Collaborate with neighbouring countries.
Contents:• Definition of TBLT
• CLIL and TBLT
• ICT tools for language teaching and CLIL
• Samples of task based activities:
o Finding Zemo
o Dot to dot
o Heroes have no identity
o Let’s go green
o Map task and puzzle
• Principles of task-based activities design and implementation
• Discussion on the implementation and exchange of experiences
Methodologies:Presentation of the project and of the tasks by teachers who experimented them.
Theoretical lectures. Practical workshops with group work. Tandem with other partners.
Analysis of the implementation and good practices.
Evaluation procedures:Submission of an ICT-based task.
Use of ICT +++|++|+
Task process +++|++|+
Social skills +++|++|+
Plenary discussion: discussion of the programming template, description of implementation and presentation of products.
Follow-up strategy:Participants will be invited to join the PETALL design platform and to participate in
training and research initiatives to be developed under the project.
Schedule:Timeframe : 2 intensive-day course + 1 month (two sessions)
Number of sessions 6
Total number of hours for each type of session 3
Approval by the national body:University of Turin, USR Piemonte
Date of approval 20.03.2015
Ref. No. Prot. n. 2110
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