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    2019 Summer Institute: Exploring Project-Based Language Learning

    • July 22-26, 2019
    • Project Lead(s): Stephen L. Tschudi
    • Facilitator(s):

      Stephen L. Tschudi & Lauren Elise

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    Language teachers! Thinking you might have missed the boat on Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)? It’s not too late! Come catch our Summer Institute on the road in Minnesota, July 22-26, 2019! This Institute is designed for educators with little or no background in PBLL. This summer institute is a special collaboration with the NFLRC and the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota.

    Project-based language learning (PBLL) connects the language classroom to the world beyond through learners’ focus on challenging problems or questions as an organizing principle for learning. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine established principles and standards for high-quality project-based learning (HQPBL) as well as issues and concerns specific to PBLL, such as how to apply the concept of “sustained inquiry” at the Novice level. Participants will engage in guided project idea generation and peer critique, exploring how better to connect with community partners and a public audience.

    In the second part of the institute, the participants will choose one of their favorite project ideas and flesh it out by aligning to standards, establishing learning outcomes and corresponding assessments, developing one or more assessment rubrics, and designing scaffolding for language, content, interactions, process, product, and use of technology.

    After this institute, you will be able to: 

    • Develop and outline a compelling and contextualized project-based language learning project;
    • Foster language proficiency development through appropriate communicative events embedded in project-based language learning experiences; 
    • Employ effective scaffolding strategies that contribute toward final achievement of learning outcomes; 
    • Use the 7-category observational checklist that describes best practice in Imm/DL classroom instruction to improve teaching and learning; 
    • Design and implement effective assessments; and 
    • Use appropriate technology for locating project partners and culturally authentic materials.