Project-Based Learning Activities for Short-Term Intensive English Programs

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Project-Based Learning Activities for Short-Term

 Intensive English Programs


Patrick Foss, Nathaniel Carney, Kurtis McDonald and Matthew Rooks

Kwansei Gakuin University School of Science and Technology, Japan


Patrick Foss (M.Ed.), Nathaniel Carney (M.A.), Kurtis McDonald (M.A.), and Matthew Rooks (M.A.) teach in the EFL program at the School of Science and Technology at Kwansei Gakuin University in Sanda, Japan. Their research interests include fluency development (Foss), computer-mediated intercultural learning (Carney), meaningful language learning (McDonald), and comprehensible input (Rooks).


This paper examines the effectiveness of the project-based teaching approach in a short-term intensive English program for Japanese university EFL students. Four distinct projects are described and evaluated, and the benefits and limitations of the four projects are given. The paper shows that project-based instruction is a viable and flexible alternative to traditional intensive English coursework.

Keywords: project-based learning, intensive English programs, technology in EFL learning, English for Specific Purposes, curriculum development

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Category: PESL 2008