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Nature and Enactment of Tasks for Early English as a Foreign Language Teaching

A Collaborative Research Project with Teachers

Constanze Dreßler

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Constanze Dreßler, Nature and Enactment of Tasks for Early English as a Foreign Language Teaching (2018), Narr Francke Attempto, 72070 Tübingen, ISBN: 9783823392248

Beschreibung / Abstract

This ethnographic case study is set within a collaborative research project in which teachers and researchers investigate early English as a foreign language (eEFL) tasks in five German primary schools. The aim is to explore how eEFL tasks can be defined and enacted in daily classroom practices. Results are obtained through an interpretation of multiple sources with a set of different qualitative analyses within an interdiscursive, multi-perspectived research agenda. Results show that teachers use several task formats and emphasize that topics be personally relevant and meaningful to students. The results suggest that eEFL tasks can emerge during an interplay of four key teaching practices: doing school, providing space for learners to communicate, building a vocabulary and teaching the spoken language. Within such a teaching practice teachers can enable their students to use English as a means of communication.

Beschreibung / Abstract

This ethnographic case study is set within a collaborative research project in which teachers and researchers investigate early English as a Foreign Language (eEFL) tasks in theory and practice in German primary schools. Results are obtained through an interpretation of multiple sources within an interdiscursive, multi-perspectived research agenda. The results suggest that eEFL tasks can emerge during an interplay of four key teaching practices: doing school, providing space for learners to communicate, building a vocabulary and teaching the spoken language.

Beschreibung

Constanze Dreßler war wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für die Didaktik der englischen Sprache und Literatur an der Justus-Liebig-Universität. Sie hat danach ihr zweites Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Grundschule abgelegt und arbeitet nun als Grundschullehrerin.

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Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • BEGINN
  • Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The research context and its influence on the overall research methodology
  • 3 Task-as-workplan: Focus on task concepts present in the literature
  • 4 Task-as-workplan: Focus on project teachers’ task concepts
  • 5 Task-in-action: Focus on task formats in Grades 1-4
  • 6 Task-in-action: Focus on the project teachers’ enactments of tasks
  • 7 The nature and enactment of eEFL tasks within the project setting
  • 8 Task-in-reflection
  • 9 Broadening the perspective on eEFL tasks
  • 10 References
  • 11 Appendix
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables

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