What is the difference between a task and an exercise?

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  1. Good comparison of the two, though I would differ in one or two points: I believe exercises to be beneficial – I write online exercises that learners can use to test their language awareness – and I also think it’s up to the teacher to make those exercises as authentic and useful as possible. An online exercise written for an anonymous readership can never attain the degree of practical applicability ofone geared to your specific learners, obviously. In my classes I would also always focus on tasks.

  2. Hi Anne!
    I still use exercises in my classes when I teach grammar or vocabulary… Exercises are still a good way to focus on accuracy. However, the big part of my teaching is allotted to tasks as they are more communicative and related to everyday life!

  3. Maryam Talebi says:

    It was great .thanks a million.

  4. Daniel Rodriguez says:

    The more you use the language in real tasks the more you will be able to use it in the real world.
    Certainly it is important to know how to make a sentence using the verb in the right way, but we can learn doing so by just using the language in the real or pedagogical tasks. These are meaningful experiences that the students appreciate so much than just to learn grammar, spelling or vocabulary in an isolated way.

  5. Cristina Polla says:

    This is a really good explanation of what is the differences between a task and an exercise. I like to use both when teaching English because I believe they are useful for students and teacher, though in different ways.

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