KOTESOL 2019 National Conference

Rhoda Makhanya

Woosong University

Research • Room 203 • 14:25

Rhoda Makhanya(Woosong University)

Talk / Project-Based learning: A method to spice up lessons

Learner motivation / creativity

Heads of English departments and English teachers are concerned about South Korean students who are losing enthusiasm or interest in the learning of English as a second language. There are many factors that might be the cause of the problem, but my focus is on the ones that students lack motivation and that course materials are boring and meaningless. In this presentation I’ll explain how Project-Based learning can spice up lessons and how it can be implemented. My explanation will be based on the activities conducted with Woosong University nursing student English lessons. I’ll also discuss how Project-Based learning motivates students and improve their interests. Therefore, the use of Project-Based learning proved to helps students make real life connections with materials as well as increasing motivation and collaboration while having fun in their learning.

About Rhoda

Rhoda Makhanya obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogics (B.Pead) in 1991 at KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa. In 1996 she completed her Diploma in Biological Sciences. In 1999 she obtained her B. Ed (Bachelor in Education) and in 2001 she completed her M.Ed in the same university of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. She taught Science in different highs in South Africa and in 1997 she was appointed as the Head of Sciences Department. In 2003 she migrated to the United Kingdom where she continued with her career as a Science teacher. She was based in Oxford and Taught at Wheatley Park school. In 2008 she obtained her QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). In 2011 she came to South Korea. In 2016 she completed her Ph.D in Education. At present she is working at Woosong University as an Assistant Professor.