A Holistic Approach to task-based Interaction. (2009)

Author(s): Seedhouse P, Almutairi S

    Abstract: This paper proposes that interaction generated by tasks has previously been very difficult to analyse because of its highly indexical nature. Task-related actions and non-verbal communication could not be related easily to talk. A technological solution to this problem is presented, using a combination of task-tracking hardware and software, video recording and transcription. This enables a holistic approach, i.e. one in which all elements of behaviour can be integrated in analysis. Micro-analyses of multimodal data are undertaken, which provide revealing insights into the processes of task-based learning. A framework for describing and analysing task-based interaction from a holistic perspective is outlined.

      • Journal: International Journal of Applied Linguistics
      • Volume: 19
      • Issue: 3
      • Pages: 311-338
      • Publisher: Wiley
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: task-based learning and teaching (TBLT) • spoken interaction • Conversation Analysis (CA) • task-based interaction • non-verbal communication


      Professor Paul Seedhouse
      Professor of Educational and Applied Linguistics