Dr.HitomiMasuhara is Deputy Director of the MA in Applied Linguisticsand the MA in TESOL at the University of Liverpool and also Secretary of MATSDA (Materials Development Association). She has worked in Japan, Oman, Singapore and the UK and has presented at Conferences all over the world. Her publications include journal articles, book chapters and books (e.g. Materials and Methods in ELT (2013) Wiley, co-authored with J. McDonough and C. Shaw; Research for Materials Development in Language Learning (2010) Continuum, co-edited with B. Tomlinson and Developing Language Course Materials (2004) RELC, co-authored with B. Tomlinson). She has also been involved in the writing of eight coursebooks for Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Japan and Singapore. Her main interests include neural language learning, second language acquisition, teaching methodology, intercultural communication, materials development and teacher development.
Title: Principled and Enjoyable Task Based Materials
Task-Based Approaches have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. What exactly is a ‘task’ and what constitutes an optimal task-based procedure remain controversial. My presentation will provide demonstrations of Task-Based materials in order to explore key factors in relation to second language acquisition and materials development. It will also consider how various task types can be incorporated to increase learner enjoyment and promote language acquisition.