More about focus on form

I have just had an email from Ellen Maria Wright, who is about to work in Lithuania. This is the question that prompted her to write:


While I have many reading texts to use I am not so good at knowing what form to focus on ---- as you say,  " We need to look at a text carefully and decide what it can illustrate for learners." I am not so good at this part.


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Tasks & projects in ESP : English for engineers and other fields

Albert's Engineering students' needs analysis task, (see his posting), where his students went out and visited an IT company to talk to company employees to find out exactly what its employees used English for, is an excellent example of a real-world task with an outcome that is both useful and sharable with others. The students were able to make recommendations to their teacher about what to include in their course. So it gives them a feeling of empowerment and this should raise individual motivation.

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How to be a good story writer?

 By Raja sir

Values are given words and words are shared with the readers who try to get nearer to the values conveyed by the writer. Though I have taught Literature for more than two decades, I had never given importance to the fact how much others can benefit from my experience. Then came a prophet, Mr. Walter L Jones, and everything changed for me.

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Tasks for Engineering Students

This has reference to Jane Willis' replies to my questions about task-based teaching.


Hello Jane,

Thank you very much for your responses to my previous set of questions. You ended your reply with the sentence: “I hope this is helpful - please post other ways you have got your learners' feedback on tasks!” Let me respond to you with a long reply.

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Young Learners, TBA and teacher-led tasks

Hello everyone,

I've just posted a longish response to Jorgelina from Argentina about TBA and Young Learners at the end of my biography. Do have a look!



Jane's blog is now closed - see our Guest Writer's page to find out who our current blogger is.

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Wikis for collaborative writing projects

The last few weeks I've been having a look at wikis and thinking about how I can use them both for teacher development purposes and also for students.

I'm in the process of preparing a course for teacher trainers in Morocco and I really wanted to look at how we could use these within the course (it will be a blended learning course run over the space of some months) to support the trainers and also I wanted to experiment witha couple of ideas I had for using them with students for collaborative writing.

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Meeting My Student

This afternoon I will have my introduction to and first meeting with my first refugee ESL student, Abdi Abdi, a 40-year-old Somali man. Although Abdi has been in the country for 7 years, he has been unable to attend the ESL classes offered at Emily Griffith Opportunity School due to treatment for severe medical conditions, including cardiac and orthopedic surgery. He has had one in-home tutor to date. I will be his second. We will meet at least twice weekly. The volunteer coordinator will introduce us and we will assess his current fluency level.

Average: 2.3 (4 votes)

Evaluating tasks

- especially some based on my first article (about identifying tasks).

Albert - you asked five useful questions and I'll start with your last two:

4. What are the best ways to evaluate the tasks given in the class?

5. Should the tasks be evaluated by teachers or learners?

Everything you do in the classroom should be evaluated - not just tasks. And both by teachers and learners.

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