The Effects of Task-Based Teaching Approach on College Writing Classes



Task-based language teaching (TBLT) which lays stress on the natural and gradual acquisition of language through fulfilling various tasks is a learner-centered teaching methodology. It is an instructional approach that can fit neatly into English teaching classrooms. Its basic theoretical foundation is Krashen’s acquisition theory. Researchers both at home and abroad have carried out various researches in this field and proved that task-based teaching can enhance learners’ communicative competence. This paper takes advantages of Willis’s framework of TBLT and researches on the feasibility and effectiveness of TBLT. An empirical study for writing classes by implementing TBLT was carried out by the author for two hours every week for one semester. All the findings of this research indicate that task-based teaching approach can cultivate learners’ self-study awareness, improve learners’ writing competence and language proficiency significantly. In this study, TBLT approach is very effective for writing classes. 


Communicative competence; Target language; English writing; Task-based language teaching

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