Navigating Project-based Learning in Level 1 Spanish Classes


Project-based learning sounds very daunting to do in one’s native language, let alone transferring the principles to a second language classroom. Can project-based learning be accomplished in the world language classroom?  Yes, it can and many teachers engage in this level of learning at the higher level. However, the vexing question for me was: can PBL be accomplished and sustained with my Spanish I, Novice-mid-intermediate students?

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When I attempted to “solve for x” I was overwhelmed with crushing amount of information that I thought students had to know, in order to “PBL.” At the heart of Project-based learning lies a problem. This was essentially my PBL, and the questions inevitably led to an instructional shift, a “can do” attitude (yes, ACTFL pun!), and a curriculum whose currents intersected at the nucleus of a student-centered curriculum. This nagging question of student ownership, discovery, and design sparked my journey into developing curricula that married language acquisition with inquiry-based practices.

ACTFL Attendees 

So, if you are interested in learning about how to incorporate project-based learning principles into your novice curriculum or wanting to refine the tools already in your toolbox, join me Saturday, 11/18/2017 in Nashville.

The session will take place at the Music City Center, Room 106c at 11:15-12:15. Following the session, I will post all materials referenced during the presentation here in this post. See the agenda for topics below. These questions posed will be answered through the concrete resources that participants will have access to following the presentation.

Materials to be distributed at presentation 

  1.  ACTFL Unit Plan
  2. Guided Inquiry/ Internet Scavenger Hunt
  3. Vocabulary Packet/ideas
  4. Communicative activity
  5. Simple reading connected to topic
  6. Brochure example and rubric
  7. Presentational rubric
  8. Samples of products

Distance-Learning Participants

Not able to make it to ACTFL? No problem! You will have full access to the materials on this page!

Project-based learning materials from ACTFL

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 Novelas para la clase de español

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