The paths to global competence: The Representations of Authenticity in the Pedagogical Strategies of Project-Based and Task-Based Learning

From the communicative approach, task-based learning (TBL), and project-based learning (PBL) to learning by design, the evolution of contemporary language pedagogical methodologies has progressed towards addressing real-world issues through highly structured frameworks and processes.

This fall, USC CLC will host a series of PBL/TBL talks and workshops to discuss integrating these methods into language curriculums and the challenges and steps of their implementation. The presentations will showcase various degrees of authenticity achieved through PBL/TBL to illustrate their impact on learners.

Additionally, USC language faculty members will participate in a round table discussion to share their PBL/TBL practices. The event will conclude with a comprehensive hands-on PBLL workshop led by an experienced trainer.

Join us for this inspirational series event in the fall!

Schedule at a Glance and Registration

  • Date and Time: August, 25, 12pm

    Location: THH 309H or online

    Presenter: Maria Carreira


    PPT Slides

    Chapter “Principles and practices of Project-based learning (PBL) and Project-based language learning (PBLL)”

    Short Description: This workshop aims to address the gap in teaching methodologies for heritage language learners studying in mixed classes, identifying general strategies and approaches for this instructional context, and practicing the principles of project-based language learning to ensure that the needs of all learners are properly addressed.

  • Date and Time: September, 15, 12pm



    Presenter: Orlando R. Kelm

    Short Description: The presentation aims to share practical strategies for task-based and project-based learning of business language that also apply to other models of language teaching, as language for business purposes requires real-life applications and expertise in specific areas.

  • Date and Time: September, 29, 12pm

    Presenter: Miao-fen Tseng



    Short Description: This presentation showcases how authenticity and tasks govern the design and implementation of a technology-mediated task-based language course in Mandarin Chinese, highlighting curricular design, syllabus essentials, and versatile technology tools that fulfill curricular and pedagogical goals, and demonstrates how to navigate the OER Pressbooks platform for free download materials.

  • Date and Time: October, 6, 12pm



    Presenter: Ying Jin 

    Short Description: In this session, attendees learned how Project Based Learning (PBL) and the “Genius Hour” model can be used to develop Chinese classroom projects that allow students to use the target language in meaningful and authentic ways while exploring social justice issues, with insights into the project design thinking process, step-by-step implementation plan, logistics, and strategies for involving students in the evaluation process.

  • Date and Time: October, 23, 4pm (note change of date and time)

    Location: THH 309K and


    • Tin-Yu Tseng: Use of PBL to enhance students’ language and cultural learning with examples of “small” projects
    • Woojoo Kim: Creation of a digital newspaper
    • Gayle Fiedler-Vierma: Students collaborate with LA River X to do real life/real time translations of their Instagram account
    • Mina Soroosh: Creation of videos where students present themselves in order to find a francophone language exchange partner
    • Atiyeh Showrai: Semester-long simulation exercise that leads to the writing of a collaborative novel.
    • Maria Mercedes Fages Agudo: USC university life showcase

    Short Description: USC faculty will share how they have integrated PBL/TBL projects in their language courses, discuss the challenges and present steps for their implementation.

    Interested in joining the panel? Contact Professor Tin-Yu Tseng at

  • Date and Time: November, 3, 12:00-2:30 pm

    Location: THH 309

    Light lunch will be served.

    Registration Form (spots are limited)

    Presenter: Cherice Montgomery 

    Short Description: This interactive workshop aims to demonstrate practical strategies for integrating authenticity into language lessons to enhance student engagement and meaningful target language communication.

Participants attending live talks will receive a digital certificate and a badge confirming their participation.