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
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Radio broadcasts
  • TV programmes
  • Film
  • Documentary

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:

Teaching Projects