Project-Based Learning: Freedom and Excitement in the Classroom


Stephen V. Hoyt


10:30 am–12:00 pm ET
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Who Should Attend?

Secondary- and university-level teachers, university students, and student teachers worldwide


Deadline: 7 January 2013
Cost: Free for members; US$45 for nonmembers
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The level of excitement exhibited by students engaged in project-based learning (PBL) is hard to imagine. Several components contribute to this excitement: motivation, self-determination, and creativity.

  • Motivation is at the root of learning, and harnessing motivation is the key to successful learning.
  • Self-determination is elevated as students feel empowered to determine the content of their own learning.
  • Creativity is important because students enjoy making something that has their unique stamp on it.

This webinar presents the theoretical and practical considerations of PBL and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It also shows how teachers can integrate PBL into their instruction to motivate students. Several examples of successful student work in PBL are presented and resources are provided to assist teachers in developing their own projects.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will    
  • discover how to excite and motivate students
  • understand the elements of a good project
  • learn to implement projects at different proficiency levels 

Discussion questions

  • What are the essential components of PBL?
  • How can PBL be instituted at different proficiency levels?
  • What research supports using PBL?
  • How does cooperative learning function with PBL?
  • How can PBL be assessed?

About the Presenter

Stephen V. Hoyt has over 20 years’ experience in language education and has taught in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, as well as schools and universities in the United States. He has been a curriculum director, teacher, university professor, language software designer, and journalist.

For the past 11 years Dr. Hoyt has worked as an English language consultant and lead teacher in an intensive English program in Russia that was financed by the MacArthur Foundation and supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. His experience includes integrating project-based learning into urban classrooms and developing a program for 300 English teachers in the Republic of Tatarstan. 

Dr. Hoyt is a fluent speaker of German and is proficient in French, Spanish, and Russian. He earned his doctorate in English in 1986 from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, New York, USA. He currently teaches English at the New Economic School in Moscow.