In a survey we carried out a few years ago, we asked teachers who were implementing task-based learning in their lessons what their biggest problems were.
Nearly everyone mentioned TIME! or rather LACK of it! Time to think up new tasks and prepare lessons, and time to fit tasks into the text book syllabus. And then other teachers suggested answers to these problems.
One answer was - work with a colleague - collaborate with other teachers: brainstorm on tasks together, think up a few tasks on the text book topics, each of you try out one task, discuss how it went, think of improvements, and then try each others'. This way, you share the preparation and gain a set of tasks you can use again and again.
How to make time for tasks in class - when you have to cover the text book syllabus - is a problem many teachers have faced and continue facing. So I have written a fourth article for this site suggesting ways of overcoming this problem. This fourth article will be posted at the end of June.
Please - when you have read it - let me know if you have any other ideas for saving time, or any problems with the solutions I have suggested. I will respond when I get back from my holidays in Scotland in mid July.
All the best - and keep the comments coming!
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