Welcome to the JALT Task-based Special Interest Group
The JALT Task-Based Learning (TBL) SIG is a Special Interest Group aimed at teachers who currently use, or are interested in using, task-based approaches in the classroom. In particular, the SIG focuses on issues related to Task-Based Language teaching and learning in the Asian EFL context, where TBLT has yet to enter the mainstream of language pedagogy. We hope that the SIG will serve as a useful forum for the exchange of practical teaching ideas, theoretical discussion, and academic studies of TBLT issues. SIG activities include:
(i) a regular publication
(ii) a mailing list for members
(iii) an biannual conference
Now in its third year, and with a growing membership, the SIG has already established itself as a presence in Japan. We have been fortunate enough to have Jane and Dave Willis write for our publication OnTask, and last May we held our second conference. This international conference featured guest speakers David Carless and Michael Thomas, and was attended by 100 people with 60 presenters from 15 different countries.
If you are interested in becoming a member and/or playing an official role in the management of the JALT TBL SIG please contact Justin Harris, SIG coordinator, at [email protected]. We are also looking for written submissions, both theoretical and practical, for our OnTask publication. Submissions should be sent to Colin Thompson, Publications Chair, at [email protected].