Centre for Language Education Research (CLER) Seminar and Welcome event: Teaching beginner learners of French through input-based tasks

This talk describes a study that investigated the effectiveness of input-based language tasks with 13-year-old beginner learners of French.

The study addresses a number of issues:

  • whether task-based language teaching can be used effectively with beginner learners
  • whether grammatical explanations are essential for learning
  • to what extent an input-based approach facilitates language learning

Dr Rosemary Erlam is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Her research interests include second language acquisition, task-based language teaching, language teacher education and language assessment. Rosemary was formerly a French language teacher and much of her research has been conducted in the foreign language teaching context.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception hosted by the new Director of the Centre for Language Education Research (CLER), Professor Maggie Kubanyiova.