Authors and summary: Written by Larsen Freeman on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) and content-based, task-based, and participatory approaches.
Thoughts: This was very informative. I really like the task-based and participatory approach described. I would certainly agree that I am more motivated to learn when creating something of real value or purpose. It also is an easier way to connect lessons to the students' cultural, social, or economic realities as the curriculum can react to what is going on in their lives, especially with the participatory approach.