Challenges of Implementing PBL in Language Classes

  • Loghman AnsarianEmail author
  • Teoh Mei Lin 
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


In this chapter, we discuss some of the challenges encountered by educators and students in PBL classes. To do so, we refer both to literature and to our findings from studies conducted between 2015 and 2017. These challenges consist of: (a) challenges encountered by tutors, (b) challenges perceived by learners, and (c) challenges caused by the use conventional teaching materials in PBL language classes. As qualitative studies conducted on the challenges of implementing PBL in language classes are extremely scant, it would be difficult to determine if challenges in language classes mirror those found in the implementation of PBL in other disciplines. However, our experience in implementing PBL in the Iranian EFL context and the Malaysian ESL context has provided us with insights on this issue. In the latter parts of the chapter, educators and students’ perceptions of PBL are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Languages and LinguisticsUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Languages and LinguisticsUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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