Projects can help students to make their own choices about what they learn, involving different skills and promoting creativity.
The advantages of doing projects in the classroom are many:
- Projects encourage cooperation and sharing.
- They promote learner independence.
- Project work is topic-based.
- It involves research / questionnaires
- They lead to a presentation.
- They involve different skills.
- They may be very creative and include artwork.
- They cater for different learning styles and personalities.
- They require use of all language skills.
Projects can be presented as:
- Wall displays
- Radio broadcasts
- TV programmes
As students get older, more independent and used to doing projects there can be less input from teachers. But often it is more convenient and effective to give students a framework for project work.
The following pages offer advice and suggestions for doing projects with teenagers in the English language classroom:
Twelve writing activities which are all part of a project to make a magazine called 'One World'.
In this integrated skills series by Jackie McAvoy, students produce TV and radio programmes. There are comprehensive teaching notes and student worksheets, plus tips for recording and downloading videos.
Inside Projects for teenagers
Some useful information on how to tackle projects with your students.
A project based on the famous British radio programme Desert Island Discs.
A great project for the artistic, creative students in your class.
Some common reasons why teachers might avoid project work.