What are Nunan’s guidelines for a Task-Based unit to pass the test of authenticity?

According to Nunan (Nunan, D. (2004), p. 3. Task-Based Language Teaching. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), for a task to pass the test of authenticity, it

  • Has a defined communicative outcome
  • Makes meaning paramount
  • Makes task completion a priority
  • Enables learners to use the target language to negotiate meaning/understanding
  • Has some relationship to students’ reality
  • Enables students to reflect on their success in terms of the defined outcome

What is the most relevant bullet point to you?

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To me, it’s the fourth bullet point because it’s about empowerment, about use of the language, about negotiation, about meaning: 4 main ingredients to sustain a truly powerful relationship in a teaching-learning language context.

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