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: email@example.com).
Chun-Wen Teng is with Gradute Institute of Public Policy, Feng-Chia University, Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yi-Hsuan Lin is with Shin-Kuang Junior High School, Taiwan (e-mail: email@example.com).
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.