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A little over a year ago a I was a member of a small team that started working on a Project Based Learning module at Sabancı University School of Languages. The project is now live with over around 160 students in about 40 teams. A team of 10 teachers are facilitating the project.
Much of the literature and experience of PBL is based in K12 schools. The context of our PBL project is a university English language program in which we prepare learners for their English language medium undergraduate studies . Our aim is firstly to develop our learners’ language skills. Secondly, through PBL we wish to develop skills and attributes that will equip our learners for their academic life and future careers.
We also wished to try something different, interesting and challenging both for our learners and for ourselves. It has involved pushing us, again teachers and learners, outside our comfort zones. In the spirit of PBL we, as a teaching team are embarked on a parallel project to enhance and develop our teaching skills, knowledge and attitudes through the creation, delivery and reflection on the PBL module. This can only lead to interesting outcomes.
The Project has clear goals and outcomes for the learners. However the only thing we can be sure of it that we can’t predict what will ultimately arise from the PBL experience and this is exciting.
A blog, aimed at both teachers and learners, to support the project can be found here. Please be aware that parts of the blog still need a bit of work before they are finished.
In this section … well let’s see what happens.