Dr. Marita Schocker

Dr. Marita Schocker

Dr. Marita Schocker

Marita Schocker is Professor of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in the Department of English at the University of Education, Freiburg, Germany. Both her Ph.D. and her Post-doc (Habil) were empirical studies dealing with professional EFL teacher education. Before this she worked as a secondary teacher of EFL and German for more than a decade and is regularly involved in pre-service and in-service teacher education. Her research interests include task-supported language learning (TSLL), the teaching of English to young learners, the development of intercultural communicative competence, and professional teacher education with a focus on exploratory practice. She has co-written books on TEFL in the secondary classroom (2004) and task-supported language learning (2011 and 2013) (with Andreas Müller-Hartmann) as well as TEFL in the primary classroom (2009) (with Michael Legutke and Andreas Müller-Hartmann). She has developed materials and advised various publishers on materials development for EFL primary and secondary classrooms. She has co-edited books on qualitative research in foreign language learning and teaching (2001) and EFL teacher education in a blended-learning format (2008). She currently teaches TEFL, TSLL, research methods and a post-graduate blended-learning masters’ programme, E-LINGO – Teaching English to Young Learners,which she developed with partners at the University of  Freiburg.

Abstract:  Materials development: discussing task examples that illustrate task principles with a focus on integrating learner needs (PDF)


Dr. Leila Ranta and Dr. Justine Light

Dr. Leila Ranta

Dr. Leila Ranta

Dr. Justine Light

Dr. Justine Light

Leila Ranta is an associate professor in the TESL program in the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She has been involved in ESL teacher education in Alberta for over 20 years.

Justine Light is an English for academic purposes instructor in the English Language School and adjunct professor in the TESL program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.

Abstract: Task-Based Language Teaching, Canadian Style (PDF)