I attended a presentation by Joanne McCuaig on Task-Based Teaching at the recent Kotesol Conference. I liked the ideas that I heard, which included: photo-essays, advertisements, and a Buy Nothing Day thing. However, I walked away feeling a bit confused and unclear as to how to actually set it up and go about it. It's a little overwhelming. And I wished she had expanded upon it a bit more and given me some of the practicalities, instead of letting us talk amongst ourselves for 25 of the 50 minutes. Like a grading grid, or examples of post-task activities.
And, in most of my classes, I have this gargantuan book with what feels like 1000 pages to cover in a single semester, so I wonder how spending so much class time on a task would really fit into this. One day I would like to do a class that is all task-based. It would be a good challenge and a new direction for me in how I teach ESL. Maybe one day!