If you want to do your own English project you can for example let your students produce a short film, web site, blog, tour, quiz show, play, brochure, newspaper or magazine. Have a look at some project samples in the side bar >>> and read our experiences below.
by the teacher.
by the teacher.
The first short film project that was done brought mixed success regarding the participation of team members and the quality of the English in the finished products, but once we found a solution to these problems two subsequent short film projects were very successful. The films were posted on our departmental YouTube channel and we organised a short film festival with the best films and an awards ceremony afterwards.
This blog describes the short film project from scope, planning, overview, preparation and lessons to finalising and follow-up, evaluation and deliverables.
You don't have to be an expert to make a weblog like this one on blogger.com, but the teams need Internet access for the duration of the project. You don't need Internet access if you let the teams build a web site locally, but using a local web builder requires more expert knowledge.
We have done this kind of project twice introducing sights in the Academy and the students' activities. We assigned the teams to write at least the following 5 sections on their blog: a team introduction, a description of the sight / activity, at least 5 photos with captions, a link section with at least 5 relevant English-language links and an interview with a supervisor of the location / activity.
Instead of building a web site or a blog, you could also build your site as a wiki, easily created and maintained by a group of students collaboratively.
If you have no or limited access to technology, there are still many types of projects you can do:
Before we had our language lab with computers we used to do projects without or with limited technology support. Each team selected 4 sights in the Academy, researched its history and background information in the library and wrote a description of the sight. Another project comprised writing about 2 famous people in the Academy's Hall of Fame.
For the tour around the Academy and the Hall of Fame we asked the foreign and local English teachers to act as visitors, listen to the teams' presentations and ask them questions about it. Whenever real foreign visitors came to the Academy later, our students were sometimes assigned to show them around.
The only ICT support we used in these projects was MS office for the later drafts of the written work. I later added the sight descriptions with a team photo to the Academy's website (some were replaced by weblogs built in later projects), but we never published the Hall of Fame work because of the low quality of the research. From this project we learnt to check the references earlier on in the project.