2017 Fundamentals of PBLL: Badge Criteria


2014-2018 online-learning online-institute pbl pbll

Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning is an introductory online institute for world language instructors, world language curriculum directors, and professional development specialists. Participants who complete the online institute gain basic familiarity with theoretical and practical aspects of designing projects for the context of world language teaching and learning. The online institute progresses through five modules.

Participants who receive a badge have completed a Project Blueprint that specifies basic aspects of project design and have interacted with colleagues in activities or discussions on this topic. Participation in the institute and completion of the Project Blueprint provide evidence that the badge recipient:

  • learned about fundamental aspects of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) and some of the commonalities and differences between PBL and PBLL;
  • developed a world language project for a specific context and described it in a Project Blueprint document;
  • designed sample standards-based tasks that target specific areas of language learning and 21st Century Skills;
  • described an articulated sequence of project tasks and corresponding assessment;
  • participated in a collegial discussion on topics related to language learning project planning, design and implementation by posting responses to prompts related to PBLL in the majority (at least 8) of the “Get Involved” sections;
  • provided feedback to two colleagues on their Project Blueprints.





From PBL to PBLL

Lesson 1

Gold Standard Project Design Elements

Lesson 2

From PBL to PBLL: What Teachers Need to Know to Adapt Gold Standard PBL to the Language Education Context

Lesson 3

Starting with the End in Mind:  Defining Student Learning Outcomes 


Designing Engaging Projects

Lesson 4

Evaluating Your Project Idea & Engaging Students in Project Development: The Product Square

Lesson 5

Engaging Students with Career Pathways Through Sustained Inquiry

Lesson 6

Project Showcase: Informing Social Movements by Connecting Learners' Sustained Inquiry with Their Knowledge and Experience



Pathways to the Professional World Through PBLL

Lesson 7

Working in a Professional Environment: Developing Interculturality Through PBLL

Lesson 8

Using Career Pathways to Develop Authentic Learning Tasks for PBLL

Lesson 9

Scaffolding Project Management & Logistics



Scaffolding the Learning Experience

Lesson 10

Scaffolding Sustained Inquiry in the Interpretive Mode

Lesson 11

Scaffolding Collaboration in the Interpersonal Mode

Lesson 12

Scaffolding Product Creation in the Presentational Mode



Assessing Learning & Project Impact

Lesson 13

Formative Assessment in PBLL

Lesson 14

Evaluating Project Design

Lesson 15

Finalizing Your Project Blueprint  

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