Learner Development College and University Education Practice-Oriented Short Workshop

Student-designed and student-led online activities for English practice

Sat, Jul 9, 12:55-13:20 Asia/Tokyo

Location: G21

While there are many ways to reimagine language education, one way in which the presenter has attempted to do this is through Project-Based Learning (PBL) as this form of student-centered collaborative learning encourages active involvement in the learning process (Cocco, 2006 as cited in Kokotsaki, Menzies & Wiggins, 2016). This presentation will therefore describe a university course in which students engage in PBL through organizing their own online activities for English practice. While the presenter provides support when necessary, students are given complete control and are expected to take full responsibility as they work together to plan, prepare, and hold their English activities about three times a semester. Based on participant feedback about earlier activities, as well as the student organizers’ own reflections on their experiences, students in the course are encouraged to consider how to improve future activities. This presentation will first look at what is involved in offering such a PBL-oriented course, including the usual steps taken for organizing an activity. Next, examples of some of the activities held will be shown. Finally, based on students’ reflections and feedback, as well as the presenter’s own observations and reflections, potential challenges and benefits of such PBL will be discussed.

  • Andre Parsons

    Andre is an associate professor at Hokkaido University of Education in Hakodate. His areas of interest include learner autonomy, language learning beyond the classroom, advising in language learning, and extensive reading and listening. He is currently program co-chair for the ER SIG.