Professor Koen van Gorp invited to give TBLT workshop at the University of Chicago

Dr. Koen van Gorp, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Second Language Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programs, has been invited to give a workshop on task-based language teaching (TBLT) at the University of Chicago Language Center.

The online event, “To task or not to task: Exploring the role of tasks in Task-Based Language Teaching”, will take place Tuesday, October 12th, from 2:00-3:00 PM. This talk will focus on tasks, and will address the following questions: What are tasks? Why should we use them in our classrooms? How do they guide teaching and facilitate learning? How do we focus on meaning and form during tasks? How can we assess them? 

“Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is sometimes seen as the latest bandwagon to jump on. Everyone talks about tasks; everyone uses tasks in their classrooms. In fact, TBLT has been an influential approach to second and foreign language education, and evidence for the impact of tasks on language learning is growing. Long (2015, 2016) states that it is probably the strongest empirically supported teaching approach.”

Koen van Gorp, presenter

More about the workshop and Dr. van Gorp can be found on the University of Chicago Language Center website. Please note that the workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. After you register, you will receive an automated message with the Zoom meeting information. Register here.