JESSE KUS (AMERICANA CHINESE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL)
IMPLICATIONS OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING APPLIED TO PRIMARY STUDENTS IN ESL PROGRAMS WITHIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SETTINGS : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY
In recent years, new international schools have been founded across Thailand. Most of these schools have a focus on English as the medium taught in class. These schools have hired native speakers in English from around the world. This globalized market has attracted students from all over the world to learn English based on internationally recognized curricula. One such school is Americana Chinese International School (ACIS). With the curriculum at ACIS, teachers are encouraged to implement project-based learning into classroom instruction. The ESL program has infused the goals and strategies of project-based learning for ELLs at ACIS. The following paper discusses the results of implementing this teaching approach. It addresses the strategies and techniques of creating projects for students. It analyzes the system of evaluation for the projects. Lastly, there is a discussion about how to create a project-based program in an established school versus a new school.
Jesse C. Kus earned his MA in TESOL at The School for International Training (SIT). He teaches at Americana Chinese International School where he is developing the ESL program for primary school ELLs. He is passionate about teaching approaches which empower students. His research is focused on English language curriculum development.