Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021 Pp. 107- 126
Engaging Students Online with Technology-Mediated Task-Based Language Teaching
Surya Subrahmanyam Vellanki
English Language Center
University of Technology and Applied Sciences
Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
Corresponding Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of English, Deanship of PYP
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
Recived: 3/3/2021 Accepted: 4/7/2021 Published: 4/26/2021
The Covid-19 pandemic effected a sudden shift to online teaching, prompting teachers to implement many uncommon or even unusual teaching techniques in this unforeseen context. This precipitous move to online teaching has radically altered our teaching practices, where teachers have had to either completely do away with traditional practices or modify them in significant ways. One of the primary concerns of online teaching voiced by many teachers is to hold students’ interest and keep them engaged in the virtual classroom. Another challenge has been to make students interact with each other and the teacher. The authors of this paper believe that Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) addresses these concerns head-on. There are two reasons for this: first, its emphasis on real-life language through meaningful tasks; and second, it is student-centered. This paper provides a brief background of TBLT and technology-mediated TBLT. It will show how some coursebook materials could be used in TBLT to help online learners improve their language skills. The paper also outlines with examples how technology-mediated tasks could be deployed to encourage learners to use language in productive ways. Finally, the authors discuss some of the anticipated challenges concerning the application of TBLT in online teaching and learning contexts.
Keywords: collaborative tasks, online interaction, online teaching, student-centered teaching, Task-Based Language Teaching, technology-facilitated tasks
Cite as: Vellanki, S. S., & Bandu, S. (2021). Engaging Students Online with Technology-Mediated Task-Based Language Teaching. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (1) 107 126.
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