Published in newspaper ELT News in March 2002
Another winter evening in, comfortably sitting on my sofa with my lap top on my, well… lap, thinking of possible ways the popular TV ‘show’ can be adapted for our learners. As promised in the previous article, I should be providing you with a plan for organising possible activities. Just to recap- the Big Brother TV programme had given me an idea that it could be easily adapted for our language classes. I made the association between the TV programme's contestants’ TBL (Task-Based Life) and TBL (Task-Based Learning) in ELT. The semi-real situations/tasks that we could devise for our students are unlimited and could provide us with the golden key to the much-discussed authenticity issue in language classes. So how can we develop BB tasks and what’s their value?