Volume 20 Number 1

Becoming Little Scientists: Technologically-Enhanced Project-Based Language Learning
Melinda Dooly, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Randall Sadler, University of Illinois at Urbana

This article outlines research into innovative language teaching practices that make optimal use of technology and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for an integrated approach to Project-Based Learning. It is based on data compiled during a 10-week language project that employed videoconferencing and machinima (short video clips featuring virtual world avatars) to introduce young language learners (7 to 8 years old) to concepts of good and bad habits related to personal hygiene, physical activities, and eating. Within the Project-Based Language Learning approach (PBLL), the students gained new information about the topic under study, and this information was then used to communicate face-to-face (with classmates) and online (with telecollaborative partners) in the target language of English in order to resolve problems related to the topic. The authors provide a detailed overview of the project workflow as part of a qualitative study into the efficacy of the proposed pedagogical framework.

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