Project-based learning is an instructional approach that gives meaning to the languages our students are learning. Project-based learning is adaptable to meet your needs, from large projects like building a gate for a school and creating language materials for local taxi drivers to helping kids learn through their passions. Join Dr. Aileen Hale, Jennifer Gonzales, and Kyra Sage for their tips on integrating projects big and small into your language learning class. This episode features strategies appropriate for all ages and teaching contexts.
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Kyra Sage is a language coach, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, tech enthusiast, and educational content creator in Silicon Valley. She empowers relocated non-native English speakers in the USA to develop their English fluency and build a foundation of confidence in their new life in a new country. Since 2013, she has taught learners from South Korea, France, Israel, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Russia, and China!
Jennifer Gonzales is an independent teaching and learning consultant working in K-18 environments. She has over 20 years of experience mentoring and coaching educators and administrators through individual and systems-wide professional change initiatives related to assessment, instructional approaches to inclusion, continuous professional development, and school-wide behavior supports. She has worked with indigenous populations throughout the United States to promote learner-centered primary education that respects cultural practices using data to guide instructional decisions, and strategies to implement a whole-child approach to learning. In Tennessee, she worked with rural and urban schools to facilitate full inclusion models for students with disabilities, build district-wide positive behavior support systems, and train educators on using assessment and research to improve classroom instruction. Jennifer has also developed and administered a graduate teacher education program for art educators at Memphis College of Art and ran Number: Inc., a regional non-profit and contemporary art publication distributed throughout the Southeastern U.S. While living and working in Namibia, she trained teachers and education officials in learner-centered approaches to literacy instruction and methods for implementing the National Continuing Professional Development program. One of her greatest achievements in Namibia was leading a $74,000 State Department pilot program to train Teachers, Peace Corps Volunteers, and Senior Education Officers to implement learner-centered literacy strategies for primary English Second Language learners in low-resource environments. As an English Language Specialist and Fellow with the U.S. State Department Office of English Language Programs, she collaboratively led the development of two textbooks for the Ministry of Education in Djibouti. Jennifer approaches all education development through a lens of literacy, social justice, accessibility, and creative problem-solving.
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Dr. Aileen Hale, COO of www.TTELT.org, is a global education consultant with expertise in Teacher Training--ESL Methodology and Service-Learning; Curriculum Development; and Customized International Educational Travel. She has taught ESL/EFL for over 30 years and has trained teachers in Albania, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, S. Korea, and the United States. She is bilingual in Spanish and speaks French and Romanian.
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