The integration of language and content: action research based on a theory of task design

Alan Jones, Samantha Sin

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The article discusses a project to integrate the teaching of selected generic skills with the teaching of accounting content in a first year accounting unit. Integrated materials were collaboratively designed, trialled in semester 2, 2002, and evaluated immediately afterwards. New materials were presented as an integral, assessable component of the syllabus. The intervention produced a marked improvement in student learning, which was assessed using objective criteria combining considerations of content and expression. The materials were essentially adaptations of the task-types used in communicative language teaching and testing, designed to ensure that students focused on content rather than form. It was hypothesized that, if form is driven by meaning, an improvement in language proficiency would accompany improved understanding of content, both achievable through a sustained focus on meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • applied linguistics
  • language & education
  • languages -- study & teaching
  • linguistics
  • oral communication, accounting -- study & teaching (internship)


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