Project-Based Learning for ELLs

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Project-based learning (PBL) offers many benefits to English language learners (ELLs), including hands-on activities, peer interaction, rich language use, and a chance to explore personal interests.

ELLs may need some additional support or guidance in order to make the most of PBL, and the following resources share ideas on how to make it a successful experience for all students.

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Resources for educators

The following resources offer ideas for project-based learning with ELLs:

Resources for families

21st-Century Learning at Home: A Guide for Families and Caregivers of English Learners to Support Project-Based Learning at Home

This guide from the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium is designed for families and caregivers to support and lead English Learners through projects at home. The activities within the guide promote communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking while engaging with a child’s culture, family background, and home languages. Each project has the following sections:

  • the purpose of the project
  • materials suggested
  • questions for children
  • instruction to complete each section
  • additional activities and resources