Language is a tool to enable communication. That is its first, basic and essential use. No matter the person's age.
That is why the Project-Based Approach (PBA) teaches how to USE the language, and not about the language (like traditional teaching does). Teaching the use of language is especially important to our young learners who cannot understand the abstract concepts, which learning about the language is.
Another specific, unique to the PBA, is teaching through CONTENT. Whatever activity we do with our children, and whatever aim we try to achieve, we tailor the activity from the content. And our content is a story taken from a picture book.
Since children are not able to put together a coherent meaning from the unrelated pieces of information on their own, which is what traditional teaching most often does, the PBA helps our children and brings the meaning to them. Within the content, children discover the pieces of information and learn how they are related to one another.
The most important — and exclusive — to the PBA is the five-step approach to the use of language:
For all five steps, the PBA uses games — just because something is a game, it doesn't mean it isn't serious.
It is very serious.
Because the games' consequence is KNOWLEDGE.
What you can see in the below picture is what children can learn if using the PBA:
Enroll into our PBA COURSES and discover how you can teach using the Project-Based Approach. It's a teaching approach that is the closest to children's understanding of the world: NATURAL, ENGAGING and MEANINGFUL.
Mija Selič: Content-based Instruction for Young Foreign Language Learning. Link
Mija Selič: The Big Picture of the Project-Based Approach (PBA) Language Learning. Link
Mija Selič: The Project Based Approach (PBA) Framework. Link