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Using tasks within neoliberal educational environments

Norris, L. (2020) Using tasks within neoliberal educational environments. In: Lambert, C. and Oliver, R., (eds.) Using Tasks in Second Language Teaching: Practice in Diverse Contexts. Channel View Publications, pp. 82-98.


This chapter examines tasks, and the implications for their use, within educational environments that are increasingly shaped by the values of the market-based economy and neoliberal ideology. The chapter begins with a brief description of aspects of neoliberal educational policy and reform that impact teachers’ work and students’ learning and achievement. Attention is then focused on tasks and task-based language teaching (TBLT). Characteristics of tasks are identified and examined with a view to investigating their compatibility within the neoliberal educational environment. Examples from the Australian educational context are used to illustrate this relationship. The chapter includes a discussion of challenges and constraints, but also of the possible benefits, associated with prioritising tasks within school language learning contexts that are constrained by the forces of neoliberalism

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Channel View Publications
Copyright: © 2020 Channel View Publications Ltd
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Other Information: Volume 143 in the series Second Language Acquisition
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