International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Effectiveness of Task-based Teaching: Instruction Using the Popular ‘Survival Game’ Activity
Tu, Hui-ling

Communicative competence expects language learners to use their L2 for differentpurposes; to vary language usage based on setting / participants; to produce various textual forms; and, to communicate despite limited vocabulary. This expectationcreates practical opportunities for task-based teaching / instruction (TBT/ TBI) utilizingpair work, role play / group work, and project work activities to facilitateCommunicative Language Teaching (CLT) through cognitively demanding situations.TBT / TBI is characterized by classroom language activities which engage learners and derive overall language skills improvement from the cognitive process such as problem-solving (i.e. listing, classifying, sequencing, etc.). Certain types of classroom activity may generate individual speaking / group interaction in an EFL classroom setting. One such activity “Lost on the Moon”, adapted from the popular “N.A.S.A.Survival” task-based survival game, is suggested for students to reach consensus and encompasses active participation essential to group cohesion in a hypothetically hostile environment.

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