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The meta task of building PLNs for foreign language acquisition

Presentation about task design challenges given by Pilar Munday & Jaya Kannan from Sacred Heart University,CT,USA
at the XVIII International CALL Research Conference in Tarragona, Spain : July 6-8 2015
The theme of the conference was task design & CALL

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The meta task of building PLNs for foreign language acquisition

  1. 1. TASK DESIGN CHALLENGES Pilar Munday & Jaya Kannan ~ Sacred Heart University,CT,USA XVIII International CALL Research Conference Tarragona, Spain : July 6-8 2015 The meta task of building PLNs for foreign language acquisition
  2. 2. Overview 1. Teaching Scenario 2. Pedagogical questions 3. Challenges and possible solutions 4. Q & A
  3. 3. “A task is a holistic activity which engages language use in order to achieve some non-linguistic outcome while meeting a linguistic challenge, with the overall aim of promoting language learning, through process or product or both. Samuda, V., & Bygate, M. (2008). Tasks in second language learning. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. 4. TEACHING SCENARIO FOR TASK BASED LEARNING
  5. 5. THE ONLINE COURSE Learning objectives: ➢ to achieve a higher level of proficiency in Spanish by reviewing advanced grammar topics, which were practiced via social media ➢ to be able to reflect on both the advanced grammar as well as the social and cultural aspects learned throughout the course in a personal, public blog ➢ to identify some key concepts related to digital citizenship, such as digital footprint, content curation, privacy and ethics and develop their own personal learning network to be used to augment their knowledge of the culture and language of the Spanish speaking world
  6. 6. FINAL PROJECT Present a Personal Learning Network (PLN) that they had developed to augment their knowledge of the culture and language of the Spanish speaking world
  7. 7. Work flow of class
  8. 8. HOW DO WE DECIDE ON TASK TYPES?
  9. 9. TASK ELEMENTS HOLISTIC ACTIVITY
  10. 10. TASK ELEMENTS ENGAGE LANGUAGE USE
  11. 11. TASK ELEMENTS NON LINGUISTIC OUTCOME
  12. 12. TASK ELEMENTS LINGUISTIC CHALLENGE
  13. 13. HOW DO WE SHAPE THE TASK?
  14. 14. Need Analysis Model Technology tasks Language tasks Gonzalez-Lloret, M (2014) The need for needs analysis in technology-mediated TBLT. In Gonzalez- Lloret, M. & Ortega, L.  (Eds.) Technology and tasks: Exploring technology-mediated TBLT (pp. 23-50). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins
  15. 15. Need Analysis throughout the course Activities Tool Rationale Survey to establish knowledge and participation about Social Networks Google form Gauge student interest, mastery about these networks in native language Discussion about different websites Google Plus Communities Students can start learning about their own interests Video interviews with instructor and students to discuss activities to be completed Google Hangouts Students can ask questions about elements of activity which are not clear. Video can be posted on class website to clarify activities
  16. 16. HOW DO WE MONITOR AND EVALUATE THE TASK?
  17. 17. ASSESSMENT Continuous loops of: ➢ Query from instructor to verify learning ➢ Response from student through the task of communication within the Google Plus communities or demonstration of learning through the task submission ➢ Feedback from the instructor to clarify, provide intervention, or guide the student forward in the process of developing the PLN
  18. 18. ASSESSMENT Role of self regulated learning
  19. 19. CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS (?)
  20. 20. CHALLENGES ➢ Emotional response to technology based networked learning ➢ Difficulty of students to see links between mini tasks and vision of meta task ➢ Comprehension of task instructions ➢ No continuity of feedback
  21. 21. CHALLENGES & POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS ➢ Emotional response to technology based networked learning ➢ Difficulty of students to see links between mini tasks and vision of meta task ➢ Comprehension of task instructions ➢ No continuity of feedback → ➢ Be flexible ➢ Make the PLN not the final task ➢ Be mindful of continuity ➢ Give more value to “responses” in discussion boards or blog posts
  22. 22. See your project grow!
  23. 23. Thanks! Any questions? You can find us at: @mundaysa on mundayp@sacredheart.edu @jkannan_2000 on kannanj@sacredheart.edu
  24. 24. Credits ▷ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ▷ Photo by Death to Stock Photos. License here.

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