1st Edition

Project-Based Learning in Second Language Acquisition Building Communities of Practice in Higher Education

Edited By Adrian Gras-Velazquez Copyright 2020
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book showcases pedagogical tools for learning languages through interdisciplinary project-based learning (PBL). Chapters demonstrate a diverse range of PBL activities that help students build communities of practice within classroom settings, and across local and global communities.

    Too often, learning a language can become a static endeavor, confined to a classroom and a singular discipline. But language is dynamic and fluid no matter the setting in which learning takes place. In acknowledging this, this volume explores how PBL and community-engagement pedagogies serve to combine learning goals and community service in ways that enhance student growth and facilitate second language development in an interdisciplinary, multilingual, and multicultural higher education learning environment. Chapters touch on activities and approaches including spoken-word poetry, environmental projects, social activism, study abroad, and in-service learning.

    This book will be of interest to researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of language education, second language acquisition, higher education, and comparative and international education.

    List of Contributors



    Adrián Gras-Velázquez


    PART I

    Theoretical Intersections

    Chapter 1: Diversity and second language acquisition in the university classroom. A multilingual and multicultural setting.

    María José Coperías-Aguilar

    Chapter 2: Project-based learning: A five-stage framework to guide language teachers

    Fredricka L. Stoller and CeAnn Chandel Myers

    Chapter 3: A theoretical approach to project-based learning in community-based settings

    Emily Skalet



    Teaching and Learning

    Chapter 4: Community bridges and interdisciplinary language learning projects: stepping out of comfort zones and building ways to grow

    Susan G. Polansky

    Chapter 5: Project-based & ELF-aware pre-service teacher education in Turkey: sample cases of discovery, creativity, interaction and multilingual and multicultural diversity

    Elif Kemaloglu-Er and Yasemin Bayyurt



    Immersion and the International

    Chapter 6: Social activism Italian style: building a community of practice through language immersion and civic engagement while studying abroad

    Bruno Grazioli

    Chapter 7: Investigating environmental sustainability in an English writing course for international students. PBL as an on-ramp to academic belonging

    Susan Huss-Lederman, Prajukti (juk) Bhattacharyya, and Brianna Deering



    Heritage Learning and Language

    Chapter 8: Project-based learning in the context of teaching heritage language learners

    Maria Carreira, Claire Hitchins Chik, and Shushan Karapetian

    Chapter 9: Círculo Juvenil de Cultura: A ten-year experiment in service learning and community engagement

    Mariana Achugar, Felipe Gómez, and Kenya C. Dworkin y Méndez




    PART V

    Civic Partnerships

    Chapter 10: Multilingual justice in the streets and in the classroom: translating a digital timeline of US domestic worker organizing

    Michelle Joffroy

    Chapter 11: Language acquisition through service learning and community engagement: critical reflection, intercultural competence and action agency

    Alison Maginn



    Case Studies in Creative Communications

    Chapter 12: ¿Y tú quién eres? Interviews as project-based learning at a multicultural college community

    Adrián Gras-Velázquez, Julia Chindemi-Vila, and Ah-Young Song

    Chapter 13: Every poem matters: world language acquisition and community building through spoken-word poetry

    Inés Arribas

    Chapter 14: Films for inclusion: LGBT+ perspectives in the French language classroom

    Aurélie Chevant-Aksoy and Ericka Knudson


    Adrian Gras-Velázquez is a Lecturer and Language Coordinator in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Smith College, USA.