At Home in the World: The Benefits of Project-based Learning in (and out of) the L2 Classroom (Panel) (NeMLA 2019)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (3/21/2019-3/24/2019 conference in Washington D.C.)

The aim of this panel is to explore the potential of project-based teaching and learning as a way of increasing students’ proficiency and sensitivity to language and culture. More specifically, it proposes to reflect on the ways in which individual and group projects (such as research projects, translations, interviews, events programming, etc.) can help students obtain a better understanding of French language and society by developing their translingual and transcultural skills. The panel will examine how language instructors can enrich their teaching experience by providing students with an opportunity to work on projects – both inside and outside of class – that enable them to share their language skills with others (through community service activities, for instance). By focusing on the collaboration and pedagogical opportunities provided by project-based learning, this panel will examine strategies for breaking down the boundaries between the classroom and the outside world, and will reflect on how projects can impact students’ motivation, while developing and promoting literacy among students. It will also examine the ways in which project-based learning can help rethink the language classroom in order to promote more active and engaged learning and to prepare students to work at the intersection of cultures and languages by developing their cultural awareness alongside their linguistic knowledge.

Primary Area / Secondary Area: French and Francophone / Pedagogy & Professional