Learner-Centered Tasks in the Foreign Language Classroom


  • Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson

    1. National University of Singapore
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      Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson (Ed. D. Arizona State University) is Lecturer of Japanese Studies of National University of Singapore.


ABSTRACT  The article first discusses communicative language teaching and self-directed learning, then introduces an analytical framework for designing a task, using Nunan's framework. This is followed by a case study done in the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore involving 220 first-year Japanese language students. The case study is a description and analysis of a task which is communicatively based, learner-centered and which promotes self-directed learning. Then some suggestions are made for course and task designers.