Projects provide an active, interactive, and creative way for teenagers to use their language and express themselves. They engage learners in multi-sensory experiences that contextualize both content and language. Projects provide concrete examples of what they have been learning in other classes or experiencing in their lives, and they can share these projects with others. Projects also can help teenagers develop the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the characteristics of successful projects for teenagers and describe a number of engaging projects, such as, writing and performing skits or TV sitcoms, surveying classmates, developing and conducting quiz shows, and creating comic strips or TV sitcoms. These activities appeal to a variety of learning styles and can be done individually or with others.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she co-directed the M.A. TESOL Program and established and directed the Ph.D. Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is coauthor of the professional development book Teaching Young Learners English, and a series editor for the Our World suite of materials for young learners, including Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, and Impact, a program for teens.