Tasks: Effective Ways of Accommodating Learners’ Identities in Higher Education Oman

  • Muhammed Ali Chalikandy
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 15)


Learners in higher education in Oman, like learners the world over, have multiple identities and mixed abilities. Therefore, neither a whole class approach nor one-on-one teaching can always be truly effective as the former neglects individual differences in the classroom and the latter is not practical because of the large number of students. Individualized teaching requires meticulous preparation and careful planning; furthermore, classroom management becomes a great concern. Given the nature of these challenges, this chapter argues that task-based learning/teaching can accommodate learners’ multiple identities and individual learner differences and needs in the classroom as tasks provide learning opportunities for each individual learner and can create supportive group work situations by encouraging learners to interact with their peers. This chapter offers examples of some of the ways in which tasks can be employed to accommodate Omani higher education learners’ multiple identities and differences in the process of learning a second or foreign language.


Individual Identity Tasks Learning Learner differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammed Ali Chalikandy
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishAl Buraimi University CollegeAl BuraimiOman

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