MICHAEL LEDEZMA (NE NEUNGYULE)

TEACHING THE SKILLS OF THE FUTURE TODAY: TASK-BASED LEARNING IN ADULT ESL : LITERACY AND 21ST CENTURY SKILLS IN ELT

As the pace of social change continues to accelerate, educators are faced with a serious dilemma: How can we provide our students with the skills they will need to succeed in an unpredictable future? To address this issue, the OECD has developed the Learning Compass 2030, an educational framework designed to “help students navigate towards future well-being.” More than anything, the compass metaphor serves to emphasize the importance of student agency and autonomous learning as the bedrock of adaptability, and hence, success. So which tangible strategies are best suited to achieving these goals? Among the various candidates are task-based and competency-based learning approaches. Offering students a range of meaningful tasks that make practical use of authentic target language is the perfect complement to a skills-based program. In this workshop, I will walk you through the SURPASS adult ESL course book series and show you some concrete ways to combine competency- and task-based learning in the classroom. By synthesizing these approaches, we can help our students develop their language skills while also imparting the self-assessment and goal-setting strategies they will need to navigate a changing environment.

Michael Ledezma is the head native editor for the ELT content development at NE Build & Grow. He also contributes weekly articles to the NE Times and NE Kids newspapers. He has developed and taught special interest ESL courses for K-12 at private ESL institutions in Korea as well as in United States over eight years before he joined NE Build & Grow. He is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work focuses on political communication and methodologies for linguistic analysis of political speech.