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Project Planner

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Collaborative Projects








Professor Zhao encourages language teachers to think beyond teaching linguistic knowledge and to make sure we focus on more educational goals such as creating globally competent students. He reminds us that our job is not to teach a textbook but to teach children interact with Chinese language and culture and that ICT has great potential in assisting us to do this. Professor Zhao outlines six main points that we need to be more aware of in language teaching. As teachers he says we need to
· provide real audiences for our students which creates a social imperative for them to learn and use the language
· make sure we are contributing to their cultural intelligence
· teach them linguistic elements of the language but this may not need to be the central focus of our programs
· personalize the learning process for students more, paying more attention to student needs and
· give students opportunities for creative and autonomous thinking
· give students opportunities to produce using ICT
The following PROJECT PLANNING TOOL FOR 21ST CENTURY LANGUAGE CLASSROOMS has been created based on these six points. Its function is to enable you to evaluate projects in respect to these goals. The tool can be applied to projects created by others as well as your own planning and ideas.

Here is a word version for you to download:
If you do use this tool, please do give me some feedback. I'd really love to hear what you think and whether or not you really found this useful.
PROJECT PLANNING TOOL FOR 21ST CENTURY LANGUAGE CLASSROOMS

Educational Goals



1. PRODUCTION (using ICT)
What will the students create and why?
How will students create it? What will they use?
How will I know it is good? How will the students know it is good?
2. SOCIAL IMPERATIVE
Who is their audience and why?
What tools will students use to interact with their audience? What are the benefits and disadvantages of these tools?
How will students know their audience has understood what they have communicated to them?
3. CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE
What element of cultural intelligence (CQ) or global competence will students be learning about?
How have I encouraged students to incorporate it into their learning?
How will I know the students have really understood/mastered it? How will the students themselves know?
4. LINGUISTIC ELEMENTS
What Chinese words and sentences will students be learning and why?
How will students learn these words and sentences? What activities and tools will they use?
How will I know students have learned them? How will the students know they have learned them?
5. PERSONALISED LEARNING
What choices have students got within this project?
How can I make sure the different choices contribute to the whole?
How can I help students know they have made good choices?
6. CREATIVE AND INDEPENDENT THINKING
What thinking skills will students need for this project?
What tools will I use to encourage students to use these skills?
How will I know these tools have been helpful? How will students know?
J McCulloch 2010.


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