1997．第7卷第1期（Vol. 7 No. 1）．pp. 139159
Hong Kong Primary Teachers’ Perceptions of the Difficulties in Implementing Task-Based Language Teaching
David R. CARLESS & Anne GORDON
Task-based teaching is now being carried out in Primary One classes in the majority of Hong Kong primary schools by means of the Target Oriented Curriculum initiative. This paper sought to investigate the difficulties that a cohort of English teachers, participants in a HKIEd inservice course, anticipated and experienced when carrying out task-based teaching in their schools. The research method involved distributing parallel questionnaires before and after the subjects carried out task-based teaching and then comparing the teachers'perceptions of anticipated and actual difficulties. The main conclusion, tentatively positive for proponents of TOC, was that the difficulties perceived by the teachers before they did the task-based teaching were greater than those that they actually experienced in the classroom.