Promoting Competency-Based Language Teaching Through Project-Based Language Learning

Melinda Dooly*

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This chapter provides a rationale for how project-based language learning (PBLL) can play a key role in language teaching and what this implies for teachers and learners. PBLL not only allows for a practical and meaningful approach to teaching and assessing language learning; it also promotes effective learning strategies and critical thinking skills. First, the main criteria for competences are examined along with links to the underlying premises of learning in PBLL. Next, the chapter delves into the question of communicative competences and explores ways of integrating the notion of competences and PBLL to design and implement language learning activities in different scenarios. An example of a multiple-pronged, bi-focal PBLL design illustrates how PBLL can be successfully implemented at all levels of education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Linguistics
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameEducational Linguistics
ISSN (Print)1572-0292
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1656


  • Communicative Competence
  • Language Competency
  • Language Learner
  • Language Teaching
  • Target Language

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