2018 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute

    • 2018: Jan 31 | Feb 7 | Feb 14 | Feb 21 | Feb 28
    • Project Lead(s): Julio C Rodriguez
    • Facilitator(s):

      Cherice Montgomery, Marta Gonzalez-Lloret, Stephen Tschudi, Ruslan Suvorov, Hui-Ya Chuang, Jim Yoshioka

    Become part of a network of colleagues who have a common interest in quality PBLL implementation as experts guide you through the generation of project ideas and the skills you will need to create a project. Learn about the elements of high quality, rigorous Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) and explore PBLL’s connections with pragmatics, task-based language teaching, and performance assessment.

    Complete Option 1 as part of a facilitated cohort or Option 2 via self-paced study. Successfully complete all assigned tasks to earn an NFLRC Digital Badge, which qualifies you to apply for the NFLRC PBLL Intensive Summer Institute offered in Honolulu in 2018.

    Option 1 (facilitated – limited enrollment) – registration closed




    Session dates

    Jan 31 | Feb 7 | Feb 14 | Feb 21 | Feb 28 

    Session times (Five 90-minute live webinars)

    10 am Hawai‘i | 12pm PST | 1pm MST | 2pm CST | 3pm EST


    Cost: $25 (non-refundable) – grants access to webinar and to the PBLL online module through December 31, 2018

    The registration deadline for Option 1 (January 30, 2018, 5:00 pm Hawaii time) has passed. 




    Option 2 (self-paced) – registration closed




    First Module (five in all) opens February 2, 2018


    Cost: $25 (access to the PBLL online module through December 31, 2018)

    The registration deadline for Option 2 (May 31) has passed. 




    Tech requirements

    In order to participate in the online institute, you will need the following:

    • Computer with web browser and internet connection

    • A Gmail account (or a university/school/organization-affiliated Gmail account) [If you do not have a Gmail account, you can sign up for one for free – https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/27441]



    Module 1: From PBL to PBLL

    Lesson 1

    High Quality Project Design

    Lesson 2

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

    Lesson 3

    Generating Project Ideas 

    Module 2: Designing Engaging Projects

    Lesson 4

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

    Lesson 5

    Product Square Showcase

    Lesson 6

    Pragmatics: Appropriate Use of Language in the Real World

    Module 3: Pragmatics in PBLL

    Lesson 7

    Enhancing PBLL through Pragmatics

    Lesson 8

    Starting with the End in Mind: Defining Student Learning Outcomes

    Lesson 9

    Formative Assessment in PBLL

    Module 4: 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

    Module 5: Assessing Learning & Project Impact

    Lesson 13

    Rubrics for Assessing Student Learning

    Lesson 14

    Assessing Pragmatics

    Lesson 15

    Evaluating Project Design



    Option 1:

    • Five 90-minute synchronous sessions (7.5 hours)

    • Fifteen lessons total (three lessons per each session) in the online module. The activities for each lesson include:

      • A core reading

      • A short quiz

      • A forum discussion

    • Badge criteria

    The estimated average time for completing each lesson is 1 hour (combining synchronous session time and asynchronous reading, discussion, and quiz time) and for completing all online institute badge requirements, 10 hours.


    Option 2:

    • Fifteen lessons total (three lessons per each session). The structure of each lesson:

      • A 20-minute video lecture (archival video from the live webinar)

      • A core reading

      • A short quiz

      • A forum discussion

    • Badge criteria

    The estimated average time for completing each lesson is 1 hour (combining synchronous session time and asynchronous reading, discussion, and quiz time) and for completing all online institute badge requirements–10 hours.



    All materials and resources for the online institute are included in the online module.



    Will I get a certificate after completing this institute?

    You will earn a digital badge granted by the National Foreign Language Resource Center that specifies the following: (a) the description of the institute goals and objectives, (b) the activities you participated in, and (c) evidence of your performance



    Will I receive university credit?

    At this time, university credit is not available for this institute. However, if you complete the institute requirements, you will receive an NFLRC Digital Badge that acknowledges your work.


    What resources will I need for this institute?

    The NFLRC provides all the materials you will need.


    I’m taking the facilitated version. What if I miss a webinar?

    You will need to learn the missing material on your own time afterwards. The webinars will be recorded. Please be advised that video materials and online institute activities will not be available until approximately one week after the date of the corresponding webinar session, and you will not be able to interact and ask questions as you would during the live facilitated session. 

    If you think you will have to miss more than half of the live Facilitated sessions, we ask you to change from Option 1 (Facilitated) to Option 2 (Self-Study) to make room for those who can participate in Option 1 (Facilitated) fully. If you need to change options, please contact us at nflrc@hawaii.edu.


    Why is there a registration fee? If I don’t use the PBLL online module, can I get a refund?

    In order to pay for expenses related to our ongoing PBLL professional development offerings, we have decided to start charging registration fees, starting from the 2016 Fundamentals of PBLL Online Institute.

    It is the registrant’s responsibility to check their schedule and workload to determine whether they will have sufficient time to complete all 15 lessons and any digital badge requirements before the deadline. Once a person has registered and access to the PBLL online module has been granted, no refunds will be given.


    Whom should I contact if I have any questions about the Online Institute?

    Please send all your inquiries to nflrc@hawaii.edu.


    I received a Fundamentals of PBLL digital badge in a previous year. Can I attend this year’s online institute for free?

    Yes, digital badge holders can take subsequent Fundamentals of PBLL online institutes for free. Please contact us at nflrc@hawaii.edu, and we will make the arrangements for you.