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Navigating twenty-first life seems to involve one complex project after another! Find out how to transfer this reality to the adult education classroom via meaningful classroom projects that not only draw on and develop an array of language and literacy skills, but also enhance "soft" employability skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, ability to collaborate, and self-management.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Instructors of all levels of adult ESOL, as well as adult education teachers and instructional leaders

This session will define project-based Learned (PrjBL) and provide a rationale and strategies for implementing this approach with adult learners at various levels of literacy and language proficiency. Participants will explore the PrjBL process step-by-step, identify adaptations for different levels, and discuss how to apply these takeaways to their context. Sample projects from current classroom teachers as well as from the national Teaching the Skills That Matter Toolkit will be provided. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate key elements of project-based learning (PrjBL)
  • Identify how PrjBL is a means to rigorous, content-focused instruction that develops key "soft" skills, academic skills, language, and content knowledge
  • Consider how PrjBL can be implemented in various adult education classes, including ESOL
  • Access resources for further learning about PrjBL
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Not required, but attending the session on Problem-Based Learning on December 8 is recommended. 

Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Zoom features and breakout rooms. 


United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners