Perceived benefits and challenges with the use of collaborative tasks in EFL contexts
Drawing on interview data collected at a Thai university, this chapter gives voice to the experiences of instructors who have used tasks as the basis of EFL instruction. After highlighting the instructors’ positive impressions, this chapter focuses on their perceived challenges with task-based language teaching, specifically whether it elicits the type of interaction that is believed to facilitate language development. Drawing on the findings of classroom-based studies carried out in a variety of EFL classrooms in Asia, this chapter examines whether task research has addressed these perceived challenges. Through reference to task studies carried out in other instructional settings, strategies for positively impacting the quality of peer interaction and avenues for future research in EFL contexts are provided.