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ERIC Number: EJ1090044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1094-3501
Becoming Little Scientists: Technologically-Enhanced Project-Based Language Learning
Dooly, Melinda; Sadler, Randall
Language Learning & Technology, v20 n1 p54-78 Feb 2016
This article outlines research into innovative language teaching practices that make optimal use of technology and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for an integrated approach to Project-Based Learning. It is based on data compiled during a 10- week language project that employed videoconferencing and "machinima" (short video clips featuring virtual world avatars) to introduce young language learners (7 to 8 years old) to concepts of good and bad habits related to personal hygiene, physical activities, and eating. Within the Project-Based Language Learning approach (PBLL), the students gained new information about the topic under study, and this information was then used to communicate face-to-face (with classmates) and online (with telecollaborative partners) in the target language of English in order to resolve problems related to the topic. The authors provide a detailed overview of the project workflow as part of a qualitative study into the efficacy of the proposed pedagogical framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Spain
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