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'.
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.
A series of integrated skills lessons by Jackie McAvoy on recording and producing video and audio clips in the classroom.