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PBL (Project Based Learning) engages students in a learning process that promotes not only the knowledge of the language but also allows students to develop competences that they will later need in life. It ensures that the students will be able to do something with the language rather than just to know about the language. This methodology provides a real, challenging and engaging environment for students that learn a second language. Students are encouraged to overcome a challenge that can only be achieved if they master the skills the teacher targets when developing the project. 

Over the five weeks participants will plan a project that can be carried into their classrooms

PBL – ESL – student`s motivation – authentic learning experiences



  This session is designed for language teachers of different levels ( primary and secondary) that are looking for innovative ways to teach. The session focuses on the practical activities in the classroom so it will be more relevant for teachers that are currently teaching.



Session objectives: 

 By the end of this session, participants will be able to design a PBL project by:

+ designing activities that encourage students' collaboration

+ designing student-centered activities

+ understanding that assessment as part of the learning process. Design some assessment tools.








Week 1: Get to know each other  

13-19 Jan. 2019


During the 1st week of the course participants will:


  • Introduce themselves on Google + sharing their location on google map.
  • Share collaborative experiences in the classroom posting on Google + 3 things they do in their classroom to encourage students interaction, 2 things they struggle with when it comes to students collaboration and 1 question they have regarding collaborative work in the classroom,
  • be introduced to  two main cooperative/collaborative work theories. Dr Spencer Kagan and Johnson y Johnson.


Task: React to quotes on Google +  and comment on at least two other participants. 



Week 2: Understanding PBL


20-26 Jan. 2019


During the 2nd week of the course participant will:


  • Participate on live session on Zoom
  • be introduced to the steps of PBL and backwards design approach to lesson planning. Readings and videos will be assigned.


Task: First project draft. Submit general idea of the project: objectives,  challenge , entry event and final product. Comment on at least one participant (Feedback assessment rubric will be provided)


Week 3: How do we teach L2 through PBL?


27 Jan.-2 Feb. 2019


During the 3rd week, participants will:


  • Participate on live session on Zoom
  • be introduced to the concept of scaffolding. Tips on how to teach L2 on each step of PBL will be given.


Task: plan project activities on Learning Designer platform. Comment on at least one participant. (Feedback assessment rubric will be provided)



Week 4: Assessment


3-9 Feb. 2019


During the 4th week, participants will:


  • Participate on live session on Zoom
  • Reflect on the difference between formative and summative assessment. 
  •  be introduced to some assessment tools to assess learning process on PBL: rubric, Checklist, self and groups assessment. 


Task: React to quote on google+ and comment on at least two other participants. 


Task: Design one assessment tool. Comment on at least one participante. (Feedback assessment will be provided)


Saturday Twitter Event


Week 5: Share lessons and successes  


10-16 Feb. 2019


During the 5th week, participants will:


  • Live meeting: Teachmeet. Participants will sign up to share successful experiences
  • Ideas Live Webminar. Tools and resources that can be used to design HOT activities. 


Task: course self-evaluation






Other technology tools:

 Learning Designer 


Registration starts in January  

Join this session at:


Google Classroom. Class Code: meoef2





Saint Paul´s School. Profesorado de Inglés

Escuela Normal Superior Arturo Capdevilla   





Name (last, first)

Email address

Location (country of residence)

Biodata (not more than 50 words)  


Mas, Maria Laura



Maria Laura Mas holds a CELTA, Cambridge,UK and is an Early Childhood graduate. She has been an Educational Director at some early childhood centers abroad (Chicago, Illinois) and collaborated with Joliet Area Association of the Education of the Young Child and served as an Advisory Board Member at the ECE program at College of Dupage. 

She is currently an ESL Teacher and a Teacher Trainer and English Coordinator at Saint Paul´s School in Cordoba, Argentina.


Paula Penelas



Paula Penelas is an English teacher with about 20 years’ experience in the Primary, Secondary and University levels. She has always tried to combine her knowledge and passion for literature, philosophy and the cinema with teaching English as a second language. She is currently teaching ESL, and English and American Literature, Geography and History at St Paul’s School and some Teacher Training Colleges in Córdoba, Argentina.


Fernanda Pascuet 



Fernanda Pascuet has been teaching English for 15 years. .She has experienced teaching young learner, teenagers and adults. She is interested in teaching language through new technologies and encourages students to be creative in the classroom.

Nowadays she is an ESL teacher at St. Paul's School in Cordoba, She is also working at the teacher training college Dr. Bernardo Houssay, and she has been working for the ministry of education since 2016 providing English courses for the Local Community.








Primary Contact (just one, please): 

The primary contact is responsible for getting all moderators into the training session, and for communicating deadlines, special events like our live webcasts, and other information to moderators.


 Maria Laura Mas



Statement of commitment: On your own session page, each moderator should type the words "I agree" followed by his/her name to show understanding of and acceptance of the following statement:


I understand that session moderators are required to participate in the 5-week moderators' training session from October 21 until November 18, 2018. The EVO session will be offered between January 13 and February 17, 2019.  I understand that EVO sessions are free of advertising and no commercial sponsorship is allowed. Finally, I understand that EVO sessions are free and open to all, and that no academic credit may be given for participation.


I agree. Maria Laura Mas

I agree. Fernanda Pascuet

I agree. Paula Penelas.

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