Project-based Learning for World Languages

What is Project-Based Learning?


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The 8 Essentials

of PBL

1) Teaches Significant Content

2) 21st Century Skills

3) A driving question

4) In-Depth Inquiry

5) A need to know

6) Student voice and choice

7) Revision and Reflection

8) A Publicly presented product
Infographic courtesy of Buck Institute for Education

  • Project-based learning, or PBL, is the use of in-depth and rigorous classroom projects to facilitate learning and assess student competence (not to be confused with problem-based learning). Project Based Learning was promoted by the Buck Institute for Education in the late 1990s, in response to school reform efforts of that time.[1] Project-based learning is an instructional method that provides students with complex tasks based on challenging questions or problems that involve the students' problem solving, decision making, investigative skills, and reflection that includes teacher facilitation, but not direction. PBL is focused on questions that drive students to encounter the central concepts and principles of a subject in a hands-on method. Students form their own investigation of a guiding question, allowing students to develop valuable research skills as students engage in design, problem solving, decision making, and investigative activities. Through Project-based learning, students learn from these experiences and apply them to the world outside their classroom. PBL emphasizes creative thinking skills by allowing students to find that there are many ways to solve a problem.

Please refer to the following links for more information:

My PBL-WL website is found here.


To join my Edmodo group for PBL-WL, you will need an account on - then use this link to join the group.

See my Diigo group of resources on PBL to futher your inquiry.

See my posts @Edutopia

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Using PBL to Teach WL

Here are the videos from my presentation:

More information for further inquiry:

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Infographic courtesy of Powerful Learning Practices Network

Connected Learning

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Infographic courtesy of Open Colleges (link embedded)


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Please also see Toni Theisen's resources on 21st Century Skills - TONS of good info!