VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Using Content-based Instruction Projects for Language Learning: Insights from the Social Constructivism Perspective
Hang Thu Le Nguyen

Building: A12
Room: Room 305
Date: 2018-10-13 09:35 AM – 10:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-16

Abstract


This article reports on how the educational philosophy of the Fast-track  (Bachelor honor type) TEFL program was framed and how the teaching methodologies are innovated, based on the Social Constructivism learning theory and adopting the Futuristic approach in education and the model for learning in the 21st century. The article presents a number of CBI project-based learning activities that have been implemented in teaching Speaking skills for the first year students. These projects have been conducted in a learning environment that facilitates student-centered, engaging, inter-disciplinary and contextual learning. Through these projects, the students can improve their language skills and at the same time, develop essential transferable skills, such as teamwork, planning and time management, problem solving, critical thinking and media literacy. The article also shares the results of a recent research on one of these projects, as an example of how each project in the program is designed, implemented and evaluated. In short, this article explains the three levels of espousal, enactment and experience of an educational philosophy that has proved to be effective in the current language learning context in Vietnam.

 


Keywords


Social Constructivism, Futuristic approach to education, 21st century learning model, Poject-based learning, CBI