Project-Based Language Learning Workshop (2016)

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    Work Time Resources

    PBLL Design Rubric (Handout)

    Product Square (Handout)

    Challenge Yourself (Handout)

    What is Project-Based Language Learning (Short Article) 

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    Challenging problem or question

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    • Guides project work

    • Creates interest and/or sense of challenge

    • Reminds them “Why we’re doing this today”

    • Guides planning and reframes content standards or big ideas

    • Captures and communicates the purpose of the project

    • Initiates, focuses and sustains inquiry

    Criteria for evaluating your question:

    1. Will my students understand it? (Bonus: …and find it intriguing?)

    2. Is it open-ended and does it require a complex answer?

    3. To answer it, will my students need to learn important content and skills?

    4. Does it focus on an authentic issue, problem or challenge? (Bonus: …and create a local/global context for the project?)

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    Aligning product to challenging problem or question

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     Same product, same focus

     Presentation, water quality in our region


    Different product, same focus

    Presentation/ photo essay, water quality in our region


     Same product, different focus

     Presentation, water quality in various parts of our region

    Different product, different focus

    Presentation/ photo essay, water quality in various parts of our region


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    Authentic ideas: sample projects or project inspiration

    NFLRC Project Repository

    What does it take for a project to be “authentic”

    Spanish project ideas transferable to other languages @sraspanlish

    Arabic project example

    Sample Project Squares

     21st Century Skills Map

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