Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
Experiential and Project-Based Learning in Foreign Language Education: The “How” That Can Change Everything in The Field
Language learning has been constantly changing and developing according to the needs and demands of society. From grammar-translation to communicative approach we have come a long way in order to realise that learning a language should focus on the things the students can do, on the productive and receptive skills and not on the memorisation of grammar rules and exercises that have nothing to do with real life. We now know that teachers should aim at creating not only students who know the language but mainly students who use the language and express themselves through it.
However, together with the needs of society, our students have changed too. We are called to educate children who are native users of technology, who are easily bored and many times lack the motivation to become interested or engaged in the learning procedure. It is our role as modern educators to provide them with this motivation and create a learning environment where lessons become holistic experiences that put the student in the centre of learning. This paper will show ways the language can be taught through an experience. It suggests examples of teaching English as a foreign language in a different way, by having students be part of a fairy tale or a film, time travel or through some interesting creative writing techniques. We will also cover different types of project-based learning and the positive effect that it has as a valuable learning tool on the students, their learning of the target language and the development of 21st century skills, such as problem solving, communication, creativity, information literacy and presentation skills.
Keywords: innovation; experience; projects; creativity; experiential; holistic.