task types

The Task types listed below in bold are generic terms to help the Teacher generate a variety of tasks, while below each of these there are some more specific examples. Simple tasks may involve only one type of task while more complex tasks may involve more. The six types can be further categorised into “closed” or “open” tasks. “Closed” tasks have restricted information, are highly structured and have very specific goals. For example, “Play this game and identify the objects listed on this piece of paper and write their translation down”. “Open” tasks have less restrictions, are less structured and don’t have such a specific goal. For example, “What type of computer games do you like?”. The types of task are:

Listing

Brainstorming games/ characters.
Note taking on difficult language items within a game.
Predicting useful language items within a game.

Ordering & Sorting

Sequencing cut up game walkthroughs.
Ranking games in order of difficulty.
Categorizing different games.

Comparing

Comparing game screen shots with walkthrough text.
Noting similarities/ differences between games.

Problem solving

Analysing actions & consequences of a game sequence.
Discussing game strategy.
Reasoning & decision making.

Personal

Describing personal preferences/ opinions of games.
Discussing varying attitudes to gaming.
Exploring differing reactions to games.

Story telling

Narrating a game story.
Writing the narrative of a game.

Creative

Brainstorming a elements of a learner designed game.
Fact-finding internet articles on games.
Producing walkthroughs.
Composing narrative stories from game sequences.