Project-Based Learning for                        Students with Limited/                    Interrupted Formal Education  ...
Who are SLIFE?                    • oral means is the preferred communication                         and information-shar...
Project-Based Learning                            (PBL)                    • Allows for differentiation                   ...
Needs of SLIFE                • learn basic and grade-level content                • develop basic literacy and numeracy s...
and from a MALP                           perspective, PBL:                    • fosters a sense of community             ...
Transitions:                Mutually Adaptive Learning                    Paradigm-MALP©                A . accept learnin...
Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm                                        SLIFE                                    North ...
Examples of Projects              • Collections              • Timelines              • Shared Events              • Conce...
Creating Theme                                  Booklets                     • Step 1: Plan                         •   “b...
Newcomer Booklets                         Explain common procedures, routines               •         school basics       ...
Fire Safety                             911                               by                         Mrs. B’s classThursda...
Fire Safety:                                 911                         I am calling about a fire.                        ...
Fire Hazard:                           Smoking                          Do not smoke in bed.Thursday, March 21, 13
Mrs. J’s High School                                 SLIFE                           Where is_?Thursday, March 21, 13
This is the school library.                    It is Room 234.             You return books here.                    It is...
These are lockers.   This is a lock.             They are by Room 110.Thursday, March 21, 13
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brainstorm                            propose                       select                              new               ...
Interested in Our Work?      websites:               http://malpeducation.com               http://malp.pbworks.com      B...
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Project-Based Learning for ELLs with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

  1. 1. Project-Based Learning for Students with Limited/ Interrupted Formal Education Andrea DeCapua TESOL Dallas, TX March 2013 drandreadecapua@gmail.comThursday, March 21, 13
  2. 2. Who are SLIFE? • oral means is the preferred communication and information-sharing mode • used to pragmatic learning with immediate relevance • generally from collectivistic cultures and more comfortable working together, sharing responsibilityThursday, March 21, 13
  3. 3. Project-Based Learning (PBL) • Allows for differentiation • promotes integration of literacy and content knowledge • improves student engagement • student-centered rather than teacher centeredThursday, March 21, 13
  4. 4. Needs of SLIFE • learn basic and grade-level content • develop basic literacy and numeracy skills foster school-based ways of thinking adapt to cultural differences in ways of thinking and learningThursday, March 21, 13
  5. 5. and from a MALP perspective, PBL: • fosters a sense of community • provides immediate relevance • allows for shared responsibility and individual responsibility • accommodates oral transmission with print • promotes school-based ways of thinkingThursday, March 21, 13
  6. 6. Transitions: Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm-MALP© A . accept learning conditions of SLIFE B . combine learning processes from both perspectives C. focus on school-based learning activities (DeCapua & Marshall, 2011; 2010; Marshall & DeCapua, in press)Thursday, March 21, 13
  7. 7. Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm SLIFE North American Classrooms Immediate Future Accept Relevance SLIFE Relevance conditions Interconnectedness Independence Combine SLIFE & Shared Individual North American Responsibility Accountability processes with Oral Transmission Written Word Focus on new activities with Pragmatic Academic familiar language Tasks Tasks & content (Adapted from DeCapua & Marshall, 2009, 2010, 2011; Marshall 1994, 1998)Thursday, March 21, 13
  8. 8. Examples of Projects • Collections • Timelines • Shared Events • Concept Posters • Theme Booklets DeCapua & Marshall, 2011; DeCapua, Smathers, & Tang, 2009; Marshall & DeCapua, in press; 2009Thursday, March 21, 13
  9. 9. Creating Theme Booklets • Step 1: Plan • “brainstorm” (LEA) • assign tasks • wall calendar • Step 2: Create • visuals • text • Step 3: Design and DisseminateThursday, March 21, 13
  10. 10. Newcomer Booklets Explain common procedures, routines • school basics • sharpening a pencil • lockers • the library • community information • the emergency room • calling 911Thursday, March 21, 13
  11. 11. Fire Safety 911 by Mrs. B’s classThursday, March 21, 13
  12. 12. Fire Safety: 911 I am calling about a fire. It is at _______. It is in the _________Thursday, March 21, 13
  13. 13. Fire Hazard: Smoking Do not smoke in bed.Thursday, March 21, 13
  14. 14. Mrs. J’s High School SLIFE Where is_?Thursday, March 21, 13
  15. 15. This is the school library. It is Room 234. You return books here. It is on the second floor.Thursday, March 21, 13
  16. 16. These are lockers. This is a lock. They are by Room 110.Thursday, March 21, 13
  17. 17. !Thursday, March 21, 13
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  21. 21. brainstorm propose select new focus project Project-Based reflect & Learning identify evaluate share delegate implementThursday, March 21, 13
  22. 22. Interested in Our Work? websites: http://malpeducation.com http://malp.pbworks.com Books (University of Michigan Press): Meeting The Needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (2009) Breaking New Ground: Teaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education in U. S. Secondary Schools (2011) Making the Transition: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Struggling Language Learners (Summer 2013)Thursday, March 21, 13

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