Technology-mediated task-based language teaching: A research agenda

Bryan Smith, Marta González-Lloret

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This paper discusses key concepts in the emerging field of technology-mediated task-based language teaching (TMTBLT) and provides a research agenda for moving this sub-field forward in a theoretically sound and data-driven way. We first define TMTBLT and discuss the importance of considering technological affordances and specific learning contexts when matching individual technologies with particular tasks. We then explore the notion of task, specifically task complexity and sequencing, and how the introduction of technology may interact and modify tasks' features. Next, we examine the use of mobile apps and social media within a task-based language teaching (TBLT) framework and highlight areas primed for exploration or in need of reconciliation. Finally, we call for TMTBLT studies to capture and evaluate learner process data. Within each area above we propose a series of specific research tasks that incrementally build on previous research in both face-to-face and technology-mediated environments, which may help us better understand how tasks and technologies intersect to promote language learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-534
Number of pages17
JournalLanguage Teaching
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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