Target Task Analysis

  • Emma Riordan


Teachers use language in ways that are not at all likely in everyday life. Instructing someone to turn around or stop talking, or praising an interlocutor for their correct response to a question you have posed would not be acceptable in situations of general language use. These are common, even expected, tasks that the teacher carries out in the classroom, and despite high levels of proficiency in the target language, there is no guarantee that an NNSLT has ever had to perform these functions. This chapter provides a topology of tasks that are specific to the classroom, and in particular the language classroom. I have categorised these in terms of
  • regulatory tasks,

  • informative tasks, and

  • eliciting responses and providing feedback.

The significance of the specificity of teachers’ classroom language use is outlined and the implications for teacher training are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma Riordan
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  1. 1.German Department School of Languages, Literatures and CulturesUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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