n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Taakgerigte aktiwiteite om die kommunikasievaardighede van addisioneletaal-leerders in Afrikaans te ontwikkel




This article provides a report of a qualitative research programme which was conducted with learners in the senior phase at a primary school. The aim of the research was to determine how task-based activities may contribute to the communicative abilities in the teaching of Afrikaans as an additional language. The focus of the research is specifically on the learning of Afrikaans as an additional language in the classroom context, and the acquisition process by way of spontaneous communication and interaction with target language speakers is not taken into account. The researcher discusses the task-based approach to additional language teaching by giving a literature review in this regard and specific attention is given to aspects of form versus function language teaching. Criteria used in the design of the teaching material as well as the teaching programme are described. Eventually the communicative potential of the task-based activities in the teaching programme is evaluated and the researcher proposes some ideas for the possibility of similar teaching and research programmes.


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