Using Tasks to Assess Spanish Language Learning

  • Leonardo Herrera Mosquera Universidad Surcolombiana
Keywords: Task, Task-Based Teaching (TBT), Task-Based Assessment (TBA).


The methodology of Task-based teaching (TBT) has been positively regarded by many researchers and language teachers around the world. Yet, this language teaching methodology has been mainly implemented in English as a second language (ESL) classrooms and in English for specific purpose (ESP) courses; and more specifically with advanced-level learners. The present experimental research study aimed at proving the feasibility of a Task-Based Assessment (TBA) approach in a different learning context: A beginning Spanish class. That is to say, contrary to the traditional TBT-TBA implementation, the experiment was conducted in a foreign language class with students bearing a low level of language proficiency. The research produced positive results in terms of students’ linguistic and communicative performance.


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Herrera Mosquera, L. (2011). Using Tasks to Assess Spanish Language Learning. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, (6), 147 - 158. Retrieved from
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