Project Based Learning

At BROWNS English Language School, students in the High School Preparation (HSP) program not only focus on learning academic English and completing assessment tasks but also engage in Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a method of instruction that integrates content and language, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills to create real-world products. This approach not only reinforces their learning but also nurtures essential 21st-century skills such as digital literacy, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. In this blog post, we will explore a recent PBL project undertaken by HSP students at BROWNS, centered around the topic of food and cooking.

The Learning Process

Throughout the week, students in the HSP program delved into various aspects of the food and cooking theme. They expanded their vocabulary, practiced listening and reading for detail, engaged in class discussions to enhance fluency and critical thinking, and examined the structure and features of a recipe. All these components served as building blocks for their final project.

The Collaborative Project: Making Lamingtons

To consolidate their learning and put their skills into practice, HSP students across both BROWNS campuses in Brisbane and Gold Coast participated in a collaborative project. Working in small groups, they wrote and followed a recipe to make Lamingtons, a traditional Australian sweet. The project not only required them to apply their knowledge of English but also fostered teamwork and cooperation.

Incorporating Language Skills and Technology

As part of their project, the students were tasked with creating a tutorial video that showcased the process of making Lamingtons. This video served as an opportunity for them to incorporate the vocabulary and language structures they had learned throughout the week. By using digital tools and technology, the students honed their digital literacy skills and enhanced their ability to communicate effectively in a multimedia format.

Sora’s Project Video

One remarkable example of the students’ efforts is the tutorial video created by Sora, a 13-year-old student from Japan, studying at BROWNS English Language School for three weeks during her holidays. Sora had previously attended BROWNS in January and was so captivated by the experience that she decided to return. You can watch her video below.

Project Based Learning is an integral part of the High School Preparation program at BROWNS English Language School. By engaging in real-world projects, students not only reinforce their English language skills but also develop essential 21st-century competencies. Through collaborative efforts, students like Sora showcase their creativity, critical thinking, and digital literacy. BROWNS remains committed to providing an immersive and dynamic learning environment that prepares students for success in both academic and real-world contexts.

Since 2003, BROWNS English Language School has delivered world-class English Language training to international students from around the world. More than 35,000 students from 102 nationalities have completed a BROWNS program, making BROWNS one of the leading private ELICOS providers in Queensland for adults and young learners.


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