TKT UNIT 15 AND 16- PPP OR TBL

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What are PP and TBL different?

As a started my classes I was wondering what this letters mean and now I can explain to you a little bit about both of them.

PPP: PRESENTATION, PRACTICE AND PRODUCTION. It offers a very simplified approach to language learning. It is based upon the idea that you can present the language in neat little blocks, adding from one lesson to another.

  • Language is a system of structures used to communicate meaning.
  • Language is learnt through controlled practice of simpler structures, then more complicated ones. Mistakes should be avoided.
  • Oral skills are learnt before written skills.
  • Structures are practiced in controlled conditions.
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TBL: TALK-BASED LEARNING. It offers an alternative for teachers. In this lesson the teacher doesn’t pre-determine what language will be studied, the lesson is based around the completion of a central task and the language studied is determined by what happens as the students complete it.

  • Language is a tool for communicating meaning through use of functions, vocabulary, structures and discourse.
  • Language is learnt by using it.
  • Classroom activities are based around a series of problem solving tasks. To solve the problems, learners need to communicate.
  • Grammar, Vocabulary and pronunciation mayor may not be focused on in class after the task is completed.
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We can see that these two approaches differ in the view of language and language learning in their classroom practices. Besides all of this information, I have to say that PPP is a traditional way of teaching with hundreds of steps to be followed. Otherwise, TBL has like 4 steps and most of them are done by the students, this way they get to work on their own pace. I would rather use a TBL approach to make a motivated class and a meaningful learning.

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