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    • ISSN: 2010-3689
    • Frequency: Bimonthly (2011-2014); Monthly (Since 2015)
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
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Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
University of South Australia, Australia
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJIET. The journal publishes good papers which focous on the advanced researches in the field of information and education technology. Hopefully, IJIET will become a recognized journal among the scholars in the filed of information and education technology.
IJIET 2015 Vol.5(2): 84-88 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2015.V5.481

Let‘s Go Traveling – Project-Based Learning in a Taiwanese Classroom

B. T. Wang, C. W. Teng, and Y. H. Lin
Abstract—The aim of this project was to use the concept of Project-based Learning (PBL) in a junior high school English classroom in Taiwan. Through the PBL curriculum design, it is hoped to develop students’ creativity, cooperative learning ability and data collection ability. Besides, students’ English writing ability and conversation skills can also be improved during this PBL curriculum. During the 9-week lecture, an English class was chosen to conduct the research, and there were 30 ninth-grader students (approximately age 15) who joined this English PBL research. The whole class was divided into 10 groups. Each group was asked to submit the work of English mind mapping, postcard, and traveling journal. At the end of the project, the formative assessments were used to check students’ projects. That is, each group had to read the traveling journal aloud in front of the class and the rubrics designed by the English teacher were used to evaluate the students’ performances. Also, each student was asked to fill out the self-evaluation form to check his own progress. The results showed that students learned how to use the search engine, like Google or Yahoo through the project. Moreover, their ability of data collection and sorting information was also improved. In addition, the students understood more of foreign countries’ culture and tourist attractions. Through the PBL curriculum, students can not only apply what they have learned in the English class to conduct the project, but they can also increase their English learning achievement.

Index Terms—Project-based learning, curriculum design, cooperative learning, English writing ability and formative assessments.

Bor-Tyng Wang is with the Foreign Language Center, Feng-Chia University, Taiwan (e-mail: btwang.tw@gmail.com).
Chun-Wen Teng is with Gradute Institute of Public Policy, Feng-Chia University, Taiwan (e-mail: cwteng@fcuoa.fcu.edu.tw).
Yi-Hsuan Lin is with Shin-Kuang Junior High School, Taiwan (e-mail: linemily1107@gmail.com).

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Cite: B. T. Wang, C. W. Teng, and Y. H. Lin, "Let‘s Go Traveling – Project-Based Learning in a Taiwanese Classroom," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 84-88, 2015.

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