A major addition to the growing body of work on communicative language teaching, this book provides a balanced introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of communicative task design. It is targeted toward all second and foreign language teachers, and is ideal for innovative teachers who wish to develop their own tasks, or adopt/adapt those of others. The purpose of the book is to integrate recent research and practice in language teaching into a framework for analyzing learning tasks. This framework should help foreign and second language teachers select, adapt or create their own communicative tasks. Intended for both practicing and trainee teachers of second or foreign language, the ideas presented can be employed in a variety of teaching situations with different levels of students. It should be useful for teachers of children and adults, and to teachers of English for Specific Purposes as well as those of general purpose English.