Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) is an educational framework for the theory and practice of teaching second or foreign languages. Based on empirical research, TBLT adopts meaning-based, communicative tasks as the central unit for defining language learning needs, determining curriculum goals, designing activity in the (language) classroom, and assessing language competencies.
IATBLT vzw is an international and worldwide organisation of scholars interested in and active contributors to the field of task-based language teaching (TBLT). IATBLT vzw aims to promote principled approaches to TBLT, and especially to
(a) promote research, applications, and development of TBLT,
(b) help to disseminate results and resources, and
(c) promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the field.
IATBLT vzw aims to pursue these objectives using all the means at its disposal, in particular to:
oversee the running of an international conference on TBLT every two years, and
promote the dissemination of information by other appropriate means including its website.
All participants who registered for the last biennial conference (Ottawa, 2019) automatically become a member of IATBLT vzw for a period lasting two years (until the eve of the next conference).
Those interested in becoming a member without having registered for the last biennial conference can become a member by sending an e-mail to and paying the membership fee. The e-mail message should contain name, address, date and place of birth, nationality and affiliation of the applicant. Until the next TBLT conference, the membership fee amounts to 20 USD; students pay only 10 USD (students should mention in their message at which university/school they are enrolled and should specify the program they follow).
The membership fee must be paid by bank transfer (cash or checks are not accepted) to the bank account of the IATBLT vzw (IBAN: BE05 7370 4450 6875 ; BIC: KREDBEBB) (please mention new member IATBLT + the name of the new member in the message of your bank transfer)
University of Auckland
University College London
KOEN VAN GORP
Michigan State University
University of Hawai'i
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
KRIS VAN DEN BRANDEN, Katholieke Universitet Leuven
MARTIN BYGATE, Lancaster University
JOHN NORRIS, Educational Testing Service
LAURA GURZYNSKI-WEISS, Indiana University
YOUJIN KIM, Georgia State University/KAIST
ROGER GILABERT, University of Barcelona
EVA KARTCHAVA, Carleton University
BARBARA HINGER, University of Innsbruck
BILL DUNN, University of Alberta
ALISON MACKEY, Georgetown University and Lancaster University
NATSUKO SHINTANI, Kobe Gakuin University
The new Executive board was ratified by the IATBLT members at the General Business Meeting during the 2019 TBLT Conference. An audio recording of President’s Report for 2019 is available.