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Innovatability' Analysis: Teachers in Task-based Language Education

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Title: Innovatability' Analysis: Teachers in Task-based Language Education
Authors: Graves, Varsha
Shoen, Brian
Keywords: innovation in teaching
task-based language teaching (TBLT)
qualitative analysis
teacher perception
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: This study investigates teachers’ perceptions of innovative Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT). The data were collected in two different programmatic contexts: English for Academic Purposes program at a US university and intensive ESL school. Through the interviews, the study primarily investigates the role of teachers in determining types of possible innovations in a given context and how teacher-specific characteristics might influence this ‘innovatability’ such as educational philosophy, TBLT knowledge/dispositions, perceptions and attitudes toward innovation. The qualitative comparison of two teacher perceptions show similarities in terms of their emphasis on writing process and learner-centered class, but the two teachers showed differences in their perceptions including the usefulness of structured drills activities. Further discussions on teachers’ belief on TBLT will follow.
Pages/Duration: 24 pages
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