Becoming little scientists: Technologically-enhanced project-based language learning

Melinda Dooly, Randall Sadler

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This article outlines research into innovative language teaching practices that make optimal use of technology and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for an integrated approach to Project-Based Learning. It is based on data compiled during a 10-week language project that employed videoconferencing and machinima (short video clips featuring virtual world avatars) to introduce young language learners (7 to 8 years old) to concepts of good and bad habits related to personal hygiene, physical activities, and eating. Within the Project-Based Language Learning approach (PBLL), the students gained new information about the topic under study, and this information was then used to communicate face-to-face (with classmates) and online (with telecollaborative partners) in the target language of English in order to resolve problems related to the topic. The authors provide a detailed overview of the project workflow as part of a qualitative study into the efficacy of the proposed pedagogical framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-78
Number of pages25
JournalLanguage Learning and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Collaborative learning
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Language teaching methodology
  • Second language acquisition
  • Task-based instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Science Applications


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