Intensive Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Design Studio

    • June 18-20, 2024
    • Project Lead(s): Rachel Mamiya Hernandez & Naiyi Xie Fincham

    Intensive PBLL Design Studio for UH-system EA language faculty

    The Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Design Studio is a professional learning program offered by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) in collaboration with the National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). The goal of this program is to integrate PBLL curricula in East Asian (EA) language courses across the UH-system. The NFLRC offers a 10-hour online self-directed course specifically on PBLL. After completing this course, EA language faculty will participate in a summer in-person NFLRC design studio to receive one-on-one guidance on their projects, which will later be featured in a virtual summit.

    Informational Webinars

    Attend one of two informational webinars to learn about the details of this program and requirements for successful teams to participate in a project design experience on site at the UHM Center for Language & Technology. Attending one of the informational webinars is one of the requirements for the onsite experience:

    • Thursday, January 25, 3:30 pm, Hawai‘i Standard Time
    • Thursday, February 8, 1:30 pm, Hawai‘i Standard Time

    The webinar will take around 30 minutes. Click here for webinar recording.

    Questions? Please contact for more information.



    Envisioning PBLL

    Self-paced course to learn about essential design features of high-quality project-based language learning experiences, and generate project ideas using the Product Square. 

    Eligibility: East Asian language faculty throughout the University of Hawaiʻi System and the University of Guam are eligible to register (FREE).

    Key Dates:

    November 15, 2023: Registration opens
    January 8, 2024: Course opens
    March 31, 2024: Deadline – Digital badge criteria completed & digital badge requested
    April 7, 2024: Badges awarded


    Intensive PBLL Design Studio

    Application prerequisite: Envisioning PBLL MOOC digital badge

    A learning design experience to fine-tune the essential features of a high quality project design with support from mentors (NFLRC faculty) and to start planning for implementation in Fall 2024. 

    Eligibility: East Asian language faculty in the UH System or University of Guam. Those who reside outside of O‘ahu, are eligible for partial travel funding

    Key Dates:

    March 7, 2024: Applications open 
    April 15, 2024: Applications close
    April 30, 2024: Acceptance notification
    June 18-20, 2024: Intensive PBLL Design Studio at the UHM Center for Language & Technology


    Virtual Summit

    Public online event

    An online showcase event where participants of the Intensive PBLL Design Studio share their experiences with PBLL and provide an overview of their project and an update on their progress with the broader community. 

    Key Dates:


    Financial Support

    Accepted University of Hawaiʻi East Asian language faculty, I-2 to I-5, not home based at Mānoa, may be eligible for a $350 travel funding to cover expenses to participate in this workshop. University of Hawaiʻi East Asian Language faculty members, I-2 to I-5, may be eligible for a summer overload of up to $1,000. Accepted University of Guam East Asian language faculty (one) may be eligible for travel funding to cover expenses to participate in this workshop.

    2024 PBLL Summer Design Studio Purpose

    To empower participants to develop and implement high quality models of experiential, project-based language learning in postsecondary contexts in a variety of East Asian languages.

    2024 Learning Outcomes

    Participants will develop and refine their professional knowledge and skills as they:

    1. Design projects that engage learners in exploring global issues, social justice, cultural contexts, and content from other academic disciplines as the foundations of a compelling PBLL experience.
    2. Explore scaffolding strategies for making language, content, and culture accessible; for facilitating the development of 21st century success skills; and for supporting language output.
    3. Develop assessment plans to evaluate learner performance. Describe how learner reflection will be built into the project plan.