Off to the library!
In this task the learner does...
two learners are given different directions and need to agree on the shortest way to go to the public library, as part of their visit to London.
Willis task cycle
Focus on meaning
Focus on form
Reliance on learners' own resources
To solve a communication problem or gap
To make a decision or choice
To reach an agreement
To request information
Language Skills Practiced
Pronunciation of English vowel contrasts /æ-ʌ/ contained in minimal pairs
Linguistic competence (ability to communicate with grammatical accuracy)
Discourse competence (ability to communicate in cohesive and coherent ways)
Strategic competence (ability to solve communication issues as they arise)
Mode of Communication
Face-to-face (in person)
Type of Participation
Small group work
Focused or Unfocused
Focused task (specific language focus)
English vowel sounds /æ-ʌ/
Kind of Input
Authentic/genuine (input created by native/native-like speakers for native/native-like speakers)
Original/educational (input created by teachers for L2 students)
Type of Input
Aural (listening) input
Type of Output
Type of Task
Comparing and Contrasting
No prior knowledge required/assumed
Two/multiple-way information flow (dialogic)
Yes - the Common European Reference Framework (CEFR)
Learner Individual Differences
High willingness to communicate
Foreign language learners
Second/additional language learners
School setting - Primary and secondary school
Research setting - University lab/class
Second/additional language context
Foreign language context
Used in Research?
In the process of submitting the article where the experiment with these tasks is explained
Available on IRIS?
Part of a series?
Yes (please provide details) I have a number of pronunciation activities with the same pronunciation-targets which are difficult for L1 Catalan/Spanish learners of L2 English.
Universitat de Barcelona
Teacher - Lecturer (1st and 2nd year, Phonetics & Phonology I (segmentals) and II (suprasegmentals)
Researcher - Second language pronunciation learning and teaching, L2 speech acquisition, task-based pronunciation teaching, individual differences
I am the sole creator of this task