Technology and Task Design. Discussion. Do you currently use webpages as a source for realia in your language class, or require students to refer to webpages (etc.) outside of class? What purpose do these websites serve? Are you satisfied with the outcomes? Are the students?
“When we choose authentic materials, there should be a purpose–not simply to decorate the page or to fill (or kill) time but to introduce learners to a specific cultural concept, to illustrate something that has just been taught (or that is going to be taught), to serve as a stimulus for an activity”
Terry, R. M. (1998). Authentic tasks and materials for testing in the foreign language classroom.
In J. Harper, M. Lively, & M. Williams (Eds.), The coming of age of the profession:
Issues and emerging ideas for the teaching of foreign languages (pp. 277-290).
Boston: Heinle & Heinle, , p. 282
This is an activity that a TA had planned for a class I observed once (in Spanish, obviously). While there are some positive aspects of the activity, it fails to meet a number of the characteristics of a successful technology-based task. Why?Sample activity