Project-Based Learning in a Virtual Classroom: The Case of English for Tourism Communication
This chapter describes how a methodology of Project-Based Learning (PBL) has been implemented in a third-year English course in an online undergraduate program offering a certificate in Tourism at the University of Burgos. We decided to adopt a methodology based on projects since it is a type of learning that it is developed as a result of the effort that students make to create a project. The subject was divided into six different modules and for each of them students had to complete tasks that would be part of the final project, for which they had to design the business plan of a hotel or other type of accommodation that incorporated the tasks of the entire course. After the delivery of the final project, students were interviewed via Skype to assess their opinions regarding the subject, since it was the first time it was developed in a virtual environment. According to students’ answers, this methodology allowed them to successfully acquire in an integrating way linguistic and thematic knowledge of the field of Tourism and to learn autonomously as well as in groups.
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