ERIC Number: ED464498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Constructivist Inspiration: A Project-Based Model for L2 Learning in Virtual Worlds.
Sidman-Taveau, Rebekah; Milner-Bolotin, Marina
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v6 n1 p63-82 Fall 2001
Project-based learning can be used when creating simulated authentic cultural experiences via virtual trips on the World Wide Web. Project-based learning is a comprehensive, constructivist-based approach that engages students in the investigation of authentic problems. This paper focuses on the theoretical basis for project-based learning and describes an instructional model developed and employed by researchers at a large southwestern U.S. university. The model was put into practice with several Web-based Spanish language lessons for first-year Spanish students. Thousands of students engaged in virtual cultural experiences by taking a virtual vacation on the World Wide Web. Afterwards, students submitted enthusiastic comments (via student reflection forms) and described a variety of types of language and cultural learning experiences. Creative student products demonstrated their engagement in the lessons and their application of grammatical and lexical topics from the course. Extensive use of on-line language and cultural resources was also evident. Several challenges arose during the lessons (e.g., carrying out the constructivist-based elements, conducting formative assessment, and focusing on final products rather than processes). (Contains 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Foreign Language Education Program.