Number one for English language teachers


Projects can help students to make their own choices about what they learn, involving different skills and promoting creativity.

The advantages of doing projects in the classroom are many:

  • Projects encourage cooperation and sharing.
  • They promote learner independence.
  • Project work is topic-based.
  • It involves research / questionnaires
  • They lead to a presentation.
  • They involve different skills.
  • They may be very creative and include artwork.
  • They cater for different learning styles and personalities. 
  • They require use of all language skills.

Projects can be presented as:

  • Wall displays
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Radio broadcasts
  • TV programmes
  • Film
  • Documentary

As students get older, more independent and used to doing projects there can be less input from teachers. But often it is more convenient and effective to give students a framework for project work.

The following pages offer advice and suggestions for doing projects with teenagers in the English language classroom:

  • One World Magazine project

    Twelve writing activities which are all part of a project to make a magazine called 'One World'.

  • What is a project?

    Type: Reference material

    Some useful information on how to tackle projects with your students.

  • Desert island discs

    Type: General lesson plan

    A project based on the famous British radio programme Desert Island Discs.

  • Young designer of the year

    Type: General lesson plan

    A great project for the artistic, creative students in your class.

  • Avoiding projects

    Type: Reference material

    Some common reasons why teachers might avoid project work.

  • intergrated skills video

    Video projects

    A series of integrated skills lessons by Jackie McAvoy on recording and producing video and audio clips in the classroom.

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