I can't remember how often I have talked about Nelson Mandela in my English classes about the topic "Freedom". This is my humble tribute to a man who has inspired so many young people around the world.
Project work is not a new methodology. A lot of teachers have been using it in their English language lessons as an effective of teaching both the target language and its culture. However, for some teachers it is still a a new methodology. So, why project work?
Projects can motivate students, especially teenagers.
Shy students have the opportunity to do great work in a group, as students with otherwise lower grades.
Projects can teach students to work together, to be part of a group, to share.
Projects can link to the lives of learners; they are meaningful, not just prescriptive or pedagogic.
Projects offer an opportunity for students who are keen to move ahead.
Projects encourage creativity.
Projects can intregate the 4 skills.
Projects involve students in language learning.
Well, these are just a few reasons why project work is such a important activity. As a famous Chinese proverb says "Tell me and I forget. Show and I remember. Involve me and I understand".
The following is an example of a project work on "Human Rigths" for level 5 students:
February is Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada. It is a time to remember some of the greatest leaders in African-American history, who fought for racial equality and civil rights. As studying a foreign language means also studying its culture, I celebrated Martin Luther King Day with my students. I used the material and activities below, practising student's reading, listening and writing skills.