Engaging ESL Students Through a Project-Based Learning Activity

Abstract

Due to the increased influence of multimedia and technology on contemporary students, one of the most difficult challenges facing many language teachers is to develop effective strategies to integrate online technology into the classroom. To help achieve greater integration, ESL teachers can employ the basic tenets of Project-based Learning (PBL). This presentation details the implementation of a web-based project undertaken by pre-university students at the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics in Thailand. As websites are already a familiar medium among students, they can be utilized as a powerful tool to facilitate self-directed learning and enhance student achievement. Creating their own personalized website enables students to become active in their learning, develop critical research skills, and conceptualize a project from beginning to end. This presentation provides a practical approach to implementing the main principles of Project-based Learning as well as outlines the benefits and challenges of this type of classroom project.



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Vorodom Viravong, Mahidol University International College, Thailand
Gary Waddell, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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