Task-Based Language Teaching

Course Code: TEJL-6
Day: Sat Time: 14:30-17:50 Hours: 42 Sessions: 12 Semester: Fall Instructional Language: English Special Notes: 【This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom.】 Location: Hybrid, In-Person (Tokyo), Online English Proficiency Level: Advanced

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Course Description

This is a core course for the Teaching English to Japanese Learners certificate program. There is currently an enormous interest in task-based teaching and learning. This course sets to provide a combination of theoretical and practical guide to designing, creating, and using tasks and tasks sequences, and to provide a focus on grammar and lexis in a task-based context. The course is designed for current and prospective teachers. 

Learning Objectives

1. Learn about and apply basic principles behind task-based learning and teaching.
2. Explore and discuss sample materials illustrating a three-way focus on meaning, language, and form.
3. Discuss examples of tasks and lesson plans from teachers in Japan and around the world, suitable for all learner levels.
4. Learn how to adapt course materials that would incorporate a task-based element, and get practical advice on how to overcome typical problems.
5. Create a syllabus for an English course.

Who should take this course

Teachers who want to gain a better understanding of how task-based teaching (TBT) works in practice. It aims to provide beginner teachers with confidence to start using tasks in their lessons, and help experienced teachers to widen their repertoire of tasks and tasks sequences.

Professional Training Certificate Core Course For:


Doing Task-based Teaching (David Willis and Jane Willis), 2007, Oxford University Press


Alexandra Shaitan

Instructor Biography

Alexandra Shaitan has a Master’s Degree with a focus on TESOL, from Temple University, Japan Campus, and a PhD (ABD) in Applied Linguistics and Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London. Alexandra has lived and worked in the UK and Japan for the past 20 years, teaching numerous academic courses to ESL learners at different educational institutions including pre-schools, high schools and universities. Her current research interests include bilingualism, language and identity, learner autonomy and task-based language teaching. She recently delivered a workshop on “Language and Identity” at the University of West London, the UK, as an invited speaker. Her calling and passion are sharing her teaching experiences with others.