Project-Based Learning for Language Teachers

Price: 20,00 

Course Details

Teacher Trainer Carolina Castro
Course Category Classroom management
Duration Approx. 4 hours
Certificate Europass Course Certificate

Course description

If you teach English or other languages (LOTE) as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL), you may be looking for ways to motivate your students while helping them acquire real communicative skills in the target language in your classes.

It is not uncommon that students struggle to see the real connection between foreign language classes and the authentic use of language in a way that is meaningful to them. Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is a teaching approach that can help them make those connections and feel more motivated to get out there and communicate in real-life situations and with real people of the target language.

During this course, you will gain an understanding of what PBLL is, an innovative approach that integrates language, content, and 21st century skills by using engaging projects. This approach can be very effective in a CLIL context too. You will explore which steps and tools are best for integrating PBLL into your lessons, how to monitor and assess students and you will reflect on how you can integrate this approach into your concrete teaching practice and context. You will be presented with authentic and thought-provoking ESL/EFL/FL projects and will work in teams to create your own project.

By the end of the course, you will be able to design and implement motivational projects for your second language classes. You will know where to find resources to reuse or adapt and will create your own sample project for your classes. You will feel more confident in facilitating collaborative activities with your students and will learn how to assess projects in a way that promotes both collective and individual accountability.

Course structure

Topic 1: From PBL to PBLL

Let’s explore what Project Based Learning is and why and how to apply it to your foreign languages class.

Topic 2: Design motivational projects

Imagine what you want your students to be able to do and use it for your project design. We will explore the 4 phases of PBLL using the Gold standards framework.

Topic 3: Assess for success

Monitor and support student learning effectively throughout all your project. Discover the different types of assessments for PBLL and how can you implement them effectively.

Topic 4: Project Management in class

Manage your teams, their inquiry process, and product creation like a pro project manager, be it face to face or virtually.

Topic 5: Enhancing PBLL with digital technologies / Fully online PBLL

Discover how to effectively use PBLL and more with free digital tools in blended situations and learn some tips to take PBLL fully online! Present a draft of your next PBLL project to your peers for feedback.