Problem-based learning with English learners
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on June 14, 2019 - 8:19am
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Hello colleagues, I have found that engaging learners in projects has been a most meaningful aspect of my practice as a teacher. When we identify a problem or issue learners care about, the projects are that much more effective. Projects that we've worked on include digital stories, researching and then presenting on the lives of historical figures, conducting surveys and then presenting the results on topics of interest to learners, researching the electoral college, researching the best employment opportunities in our community, creating videos or posters on topics of interest or concern to learners, etc.
If you are interested in exploring problem-based or project-based learning, check out this resource in the LINCS Collection. As noted in the review ...
"The most useful feature of this resource is its comprehensive presentation of concrete guidelines and considerations for instructors to use in each phase of the PBL activity, including
- a list of criteria to use in assessing the effectiveness and appropriateness of this approach;
- suggestions on how to correct errors in its implementation;
- print and online sources to use in planning PBL scenarios; and
- an example scenario."
You are invited to tell us here on LINCS about the problem- or project-based learning you've done in your class. Please feel free to pose questions to your peers as well!
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP