The Journey of Task-Based Learning and TPACK in Higher Education in the UAE

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Nadine Jaafarawi, Zayed University

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Book Chapter

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English Language and General Studies Education in the UAE: Theoretical, Empirical, and Practical Perspectives

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Online educational tools are shaping the education of today. Research has shown that students respond to the language they speak. Nowadays, the use of tablets, phones, and other forms of media is prevailing in real-time practices as well as in a typical student’s life. Therefore, educators are encouraged to use online educational tools in their classrooms to produce a desired output in learning and to support technology, pedagogy, and content. In this study, the author will highlight the teaching methodology (Task-based teaching and learning) she uses in her ESL classroom in the UAE, using TPACK and three online educational tools. Moreover, the purpose of this study is to shed light on the importance of task-based learning in the context of online education and manifest the different phases and online tools utilized in a typical ESL classroom. Also discussed in this chapter is a methodological framework for implementing TBLT and a pedagogical and theoretical framework (TPACK). Later, the author will share her input on how she used TBLT in her classrooms, with emphasis on the online educational tools she used (mainly Padlet, Plickers, and Think-Pair-Share). This chapter also discusses unique challenges teachers and instructors face when implementing TBLT in its online form and propose solutions for how these can be overcome to maximize language learning.




Springer, Singapore

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Task-based learning and teaching, Online educational tools, TPACK, ESL

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