Tasks: context, purpose and use
The 3rd Biennial International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching
13th-16th September, 2009

Under the auspices of the International TBLT Consortium and the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, you’ve still got more than a year to cobble together a decent excuse to visit the Lake District for this TBL extravaganza.

The first international TBLT conference was hosted in 2005 at the University of Leuven in Belgium and the second international conference on TBLT was hosted in 2007 at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. As in the two previous conferences, the organisers look forward to bringing together researchers and educators from around the world to share and learn from one another’s innovations and research in task-based language teaching, that is, of course, assuming that there’s anyone out there who still has anything new to say about this methodology.

Plenary Speakers at the event will be Geoff Brindley (Macquarie University, Australia), Zoltán Dörnyei (University of Nottingham, UK), Bernard Mohan (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Lourdes Ortega (University of Hawaii, USA).

The conference will be held in the university’s self-proclaimed ‘well-equipped’ conference suite. The nearby city of Lancaster has a distinguished historic castle and boasts several jewels of Georgian architecture, you’ll be pleased to know. It’s within 30 minutes of the Lake District, beloved of walkers, fell runners, rock climbers, painters, poets and writers. The campus is also close to a spectacular coastline stretching from Glasson Dock, a couple of miles away, through Morecambe Bay to the coast of the Southern Lakes, and also lies within easy reach of the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales. Seriously, though, this is a lovely part of the world and if you can swing funding from your boss this could make for a pleasant experience all round

For more details, visit the conference website.

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