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 Course Summary

Are you a teacher of foreign languages or ESL? Do you struggle to motivate your students and make them talk more in class and in real-life situations?
Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is reported to increase motivation levels in students while they acquire real communicative skills in the target language in your classes. It is not uncommon that students to struggle to see the real connection between foreign language classes and the authentic use of language in a way that is meaningful to them. Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is a teaching approach that can help them make those connections and feel more motivated to get out there and communicate in authentic situations and with real people of the target language.
During this course, you will gain an understanding of what PBLL is, an innovative approach that integrates language, content, and 21st-century skills by using engaging projects. This approach can be very effective in a CLIL context too. You will explore which steps and tools are best for integrating PBLL into your lessons, and how to monitor and assess students and you will reflect on how you can integrate this approach into your concrete teaching practice and context. You will be presented with authentic thought-provoking ESL/EFL/FL projects and will work in teams to create your own project.
By the end of the course, you will be able to design and implement motivational projects for your second language classes. You will know where to find resources to reuse or adapt and will create your own sample project for your classes. You will feel more confident facilitating collaborative activities with your students and will learn how to assess projects in a way that promotes both collective and individual accountability.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL)
  • Brainstorm project ideas for your class
  • Use a PBLL framework to find, assess and create PBLL units.
  • Promote efficient teamwork among students
  • Create a PBLL unit for your class



Carolina is an experienced educator with 21 years of teaching career in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary education in Europe, the USA, and Australia. For the last 5 years, she has trained teachers around the world and has collaborated with educational foundations and whole schools internationally.
Carolina has a B.A. in English Language and Literature, an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Education. Some of her topics of expertise are Project-Based Learning, Project-Based Language Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Digital tools for education, CLIL, Life skills, Pedagogy, and E-Pedagogy among others.
She has presented at academic conferences, professional events for teachers, and doctoral seminars around the world, online and face to face.


Course Programme

Day 1: PBL: A vintage innovation
-Presentations; Course Introductions
-Team building activities
-Exploring what Project-Based Learning is and what benefits does it bring to your foreign
languages class.

Day 2: PBLL: Projects that speak in tongues
-Discover the benefits, challenges, and solutions of Project-Based Language Learning.
-Explore ways to use PBLL to enhance your CLIL classes
-The four phases that you can use to structure your PBLL unit.
-Examples of PBLL units
-Teacher personal project: PBLL unit (template provided)

Day 3: Assessment, Feedback and Reflection
-Monitor and support student learning effectively throughout all your project.
-Discover the different types of assessment, feedback and reflection strategies for PBLL
-Learn about how you can implement them effectively in your classes.
-Teacher personal project: PBLL unit (template provided)

Day 4: Soft Skills and technology
-Explore free digital tools
-PBL and soft skills go hand in hand
-Teacher personal project: A PBLL unit (template provided)
-Critical Friends protocol (Peer feedback)

Day 5: Yes, you can design motivational projects!
-Teacher personal project (time to prep)
-Participants’ presentations on their personal projects and peer feedback
-Final Reflection.

Confirmed Dates

28th  November –  2nd December 2022




25 hours course




Project-Based Language Learning: make them talk!
Project-Based Language Learning: make them talk!
400.00 €
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