2. Project-Based Language Learning, Virtual Exchange and 3D Virtual Environments: A Critical Review of the Research
Project-Based Language Learning and CALL - From Virtual Exchange to Social Justice - Michael Thomas
Silvia Benini [+]
University College Cork
Silvia Benini works as research assistant in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University College Cork. Areas of research interest include CALL, Games-Based Learning, Intercultural Communication, Language Policy and Planning. She has published on ICT and Language Learning. Her latest co-authored publication is “Applying Digital Learning to facilitate Student Transitions within Higher Education Mobility Programmes: Implementing the ‘Digilanguages.ie’ portal” (2019). She is a committee member of IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics) and member of CALS (Centre for Applied Language Studies).
Michael Thomas [+]
Liverpool John Moores University
Michael Thomas is Professor of Education and Chair of the Centre for Educational Research (CERES) at Liverpool John Moores University. Among his other books are Project-based Language Learning with Technology (Routledge, 2017) and Language Teaching with Video-based Technologies: Creativity and CALL Teacher Education (with Christel Schneider, Routledge, 2020).
This chapter presents a literature review aimed at providing a critical evaluation of existing studies on project-based learning (PBL), virtual exchange learning and learning in 3D Virtual and immersive environments. Several different types of learning involving a student-centered approach are explored alongside 21st century competencies.