Chapter 1. Towards technology-mediated TBLT
Computer and online-communication technologies have given rise to new tasks in the real world. The present collection* is based on two premises: (a) that rapid digital technological change fuels constant transformations in learning and language use, continually creating new language education needs, and (b) that these developments in turn demand suitable curricular and instructional responses, whereby tasks and technology are genuinely and productively integrated. In this introduction, we present our vision for how the canonical principles of task-based language teaching (TBLT) can be fitted integrally into the new language education and digital technology realities, and we outline a new framework that we call “technology-mediated TBLT” and which the book seeks to open up for new research. We also introduce each chapter and highlight connections among them as they provide relevant empirical evidence and help envision future needed research into technology-mediated TBLT.