Why did I come to like(PBLL)?
After getting frustrated with “traditional” textbooks, language courses, and approaches to learning and teaching languages, I began to search for better learning and teaching approaches and methods.
Not just skills and strategies, very important parts of language learning, but I was searching for a way of learning that allowed me to choose what I wanted to learn, how I wanted to learn, how I wanted to show what I learned, accounted for my knowledge, skills, and abilities, considered the interconnections of learning, and left me with a sense of accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment because I did something with what I wanted to learn.
I also wanted a method that considered the process of learning. That journey led me to discover.
What is PBLL?
To put it simply:
PBLL is a process of real world activities chosen by the participants and /facilitator, scaffolded to aid language acquisition by the , in order to construct a product that is communicated with the world. Projects are engaging and motivating, challenging and fun, and effective and rewarding.
Participants develop language fluency, interdisciplinary knowledge, and 21st-century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication)
In order to complete the product:
- Learners are the leaders in choosing the product, process, and tasks.
- Language is learned just in time to complete the tasks.
- Learning is interdisciplinary: learn more than just language.
- Several mini-projects/stages are completed along the way.
- Consistent process of investigation, collaboration, critique, assessment, and revision.