Author: Adrian Tennant | Published on 1 March 2023
Question: Why should I write my own tasks?
Answer: It might help specific learners.
Here are some reasons you might decide to write your own tasks:
- an activity in the textbook isn’t suitable for your learners
- your learners need more practice
- you want to develop a topic further
The first thing you have to do is ask yourself: “By the end of the task what should my learners be able to do?”
Once you have decided on the aim it is easier to check that your task will work.
So, here are the stages you need to follow:
- think about why you want to write a new task rather than use one from the textbook or another source.
- decide on the aim – what the learners will be able to do
- write the task
- show it to a colleague to check and make comments
- try it with your learners
- evaluate the results
- make any changes to the task
- store it safely and then use it again
Will you try to write your own tasks in the future? Why / why not?