Experiential, Hands-On Learning.
What is PBLL?
Project-Based Language Learning is heavily based on experiential, hands on learning. It is student-centered and allows for student autonomy. Second language learners can strengthen their speaking, writing, and reading skills in a new language while acquiring knowledge and new skills on a specific topic.
PBLL is, by nature, a more investigative style of learning in comparison to typical lecture or classroom style learning. Long-term projects create situations which students experience while they are investigating multiple components of that project.
Through experiential learning, students partake in observation, application, analysis, reflection, and collaborative work. Students are encouraged to think intuitively, use logic to problem solve, find new ways to learn, and fully understand the information.
Individuals gain a deeper understanding of concepts through hands-on experiences. PBLL fosters sustained inquiry rather than simply looking up answers or finding one simple solution. Hands-on learning increases motivation and allows students to establish their own voices throughout the project.
Hands-on learning also allows students to deal with authentic situations and think creatively. PBLL incorporates this aspect of learning, therefore, readily preparing students for their future experiences outside of the classroom.