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  • Revised ISI 2015 Deadlines October 1, 2015: Last day to enter a project draft in the Project Repository. All project information and all project activities or tasks should be entered into the repository by this date.October 31, 2015: PBLL Designer Badges will be issued by this date to ISI 2015 participants who finalize the entire project, including any revisions or additions requested by the NFLRC.May 20, 2016: Last day to enter project implementation information in the Project Repository ( to receive the PBLL Implementer Badge.
    Posted Sep 21, 2015, 7:34 PM by Julio C Rodriguez
  • PBLL in Action Intensive Summer Institute: Badges and Deadlines Aloha ISI 2015 Participants,It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to host such a diverse and dynamic group of world language professionals last week. I have no doubt that your already significant work on PBLL will inspire other educators and will also help to significantly improve the availability of quality PBLL models in the profession.As mentioned at the end of the Institute, here is more information about follow-up Institute activities and deadlines:September 1, 2015: Last day to enter projects in the Project Repository. (Please note: This is considerably later than our original due date! You have more breathing room.) All project information and all project activities or tasks should be entered into the repository by ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 7:33 PM by Julio C Rodriguez
  • PBLL Sessions at ACTFL 2015 Please join us at the following PBLL-related sessions at ACTFL 2015, November 20-22 at the San Diego Convention Center!PBL IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM: PLANNING YOUR FIRST PROJECTFri, 11/20: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Session San Diego Convention Center Room: Room 17A Learn the why & how of PBL through examples that are the "main course" of a unit, not the dessert. Participants will understand the Essential Elements of PBL and develop ideas for real-world projects that engage students, decide on student products, and write Driving Questions to focus a project. Participants leave with an outline of a new project.Session PresenterLiliana Lopez, Buck Institute for Education Co-PresenterLauren Scheller, Buck Institute ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2015, 6:19 PM by Stephen Tschudi
  • ISI Evaluations Aloha, ISI 2015 participants - We are in the home stretch! Thank you again for all your hard work, participation, questions, and feedback throughout the week. Before you head off, we would like to ask you to complete our online evaluation form. Your input will help us improve our future PBLL intensive summer institutes. Mahalo!
    Posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:07 PM by National Foreign Language Resource Center
  • ISI 2015 on Social Media Active in social media? Here's a couple of hashtags we recommend for our ISI 2015: #PBLL  #GlobalEd #LangChat
    Posted Jul 29, 2015, 6:08 PM by Julio C Rodriguez
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About this institute

The NFLRC 2015 Intensive Summer Institute is not a beginner's workshop. In order to join, applicants first earned a digital badge from the Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute as a prerequisite. All practicing world language educators K-16 were invited to apply but priority was given to participants currently working at U.S. community colleges and/or minority-serving institutions and teaching less-commonly taught languages. 

Institute Dates

July 27-31, 2015


Participants in this institute will work on project design for their own language classroom assisted by colleagues and guided by a group of language professionals with background in PBL, language pedagogy, instructional technology and assessment. Selected model projects designed collaboratively by institute participants will become part of an open project repository. See People for a full list of participants.


One of the main goals of this institute is to create language projects that can be shared and adapted for other language educators to use. Projects that demonstrate quality design in key aspects will become models or "prototypes" and will be made available through a project repository. Participants whose projects are selected to become part of the repository will be awarded a merit badge certifying their accomplishment.



We are grateful to the Buck Institute for Education for donating one of the books used by Institute participants.