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Project-Based language learning

What is this course  about?

This course has been designed for teachers of second or foreign languages who want to learn more about Project Based Learning (PBL) and how they can integrate this methodology into their lessons and school curriculum. PBL instruction offers students an opportunity to be more engaged and motivated in the lessons, provides students with a deeper understanding of the topic, builds up key life skills like critical thinking, communication and cooperation and can potentially close the achievement gap by engaging lower-achieving students too.

Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL), or PBL in Second Language Acquisition, has the ability to integrate, content, language and skills, being a a very suitable approach for CLIL too. It exposes students with a large amount of authentic target language input and real opportunities for communication. It also promotes the integrative use of the four main communicative skills: writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. In SLA PBL has been reported to improve the authenticity of experience and language; to enhance language skills through repeated opportunities for output, modified input, and negotiated meaning.

In this hands-on course participants will gain an understanding of what Project Based Learning is, which steps and tools are best for integrating PBL into their lessons, how to monitor and assess students using PBL and reflect on how they can integrate PBL into their own concrete teaching practices and context.

 

The course will use PBL methodology itself so as participants can better learn it by experiencing it first hand. They will be exposed to regular reflection interactions, research, specific benefits and challenges for the teaching and learning of a second and foreign language, best practices and overall experiences with a common goal to understand and apply PBL instruction into a concrete final product, a PBL unit that will relate to their real teaching context. Participants will be presented with authentic thought-provoking SLA projects, they will receive coaching on the ideation, design and implementation processes and will work in teams to create their own projects that they will present, receive feedback and take home to use it in their classes.

By the end of this course, participants will have gained greater insight into PBL projects for the area of SLA and how to integrate PBL into their lessons.  They will become more confident in their own teaching, will learn how to brainstorm ideas on projects with a team of teachers and collaborate with peers to develop and implement them. They will learn how to scaffold and differenciate using PBL instruction, they will take away ideas on how to integrate PBL into their classroom and school curriculum and will create a PBL unit to a fair level of development.

Teacher participants will have access to a digital platform where they will be able to exchange ideas and materials before, during and after the course and the facilitator will be available for 3 months after the course to follow up on the participants’ progress.

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price 

420 Euros 

  • Classes are Monday to Friday, 5 hours a day. 25 hours

  • Maximum 12 participants

  • The Language used is English or Spanish

  • 1 cultural afternoon activity 

480 Euros - erasmus + 

  • Classes are Monday to Friday, and there is a Saturday cultural trip. 30 hours.

  • In collaboration with Europass Teacher Academy

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  • Understand what PBLL instruction is.

  • Learn about the general benefits and challenges of PBLL for students and teachers.

  • Adopt, adapt or/and create high quality PBLL units.

  • Apply the design and implementation steps for PBLL.

  • Acquire soft skills to effectively facilitate PBLL.

  • Use PBLL to positively use differentiation in your class.

  • Understand the peculiarities of using PBLL instruction for the teaching and learning of a second or foreign language and how to navigate them as the facilitator.

  • Understand how to better participate and promote peer teacher collaboration at your school.

  • Learn about how collaborative technologies can be used to facilitate PBLL.

  • Gain insight into how to implement PBLL school wide.

  • Critically assess the suitability of PBLL for your classes.

  • Learn where to find high quality resources such a model PBLL units.

is it for you?

  • Teachers of Primary, Secondary, Vocational, Adult education, Higher Education, Special needs in the area of second or foreign languages.

digital platform/follow up

Teacher participants will have access to a digital platform where they will be able to exchange ideas and materials before, during and after the course and the facilitator will be available for 3 months after the course to follow up on the participants’ progress.

location

Most of our courses are held in the beautiful historical town of Sevilla in the south of Spain, worldwide renown for flamenco music and dance, the setting of the opera Carmen and mind blowing tapas. 

cultural activities

The course includes 1 cultural activity around Sevilla during the week to explore the interconnections with your own culture and take the opportunity to get to know your peers better. On Saturday we offer a full day trip out of Sevilla to discover the wonderful region and white villages.

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certification

After finishing the course all participants will receive an attendance certificate from our collaborator Europass Teacher Academy, that will include the concrete topics covered, the start and finish date, number of hours.

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