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The Application of Project-based Learning in English and American Literature Courses

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DOI: 10.25236/etmhs.2019.239


Dianfeng Chen

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Dianfeng Chen


The paper aims to explore the application of project-based learning (PBL) in English and American literature based on its characteristics of realism, practicability, comprehensiveness, activeness, exploration and standardization, the complexity of knowledge in English and American literature courses, as well as the improvement in students’ aesthetic and experience abilities on novels, poems and dramas. Various projects shall be chosen in accordance with different teaching objectives and requirements. As we all know that there are much knowledge of English and American literature to remember, such as, the background of every period, schools of literature, main representatives, representative works and writing styles. Teachers can design pop quizzes to help students remember. Performances of classic dialogues, discussions and reports are chosen in novel appreciation. Students need to read poems aloud and recite some of them in learning poems, while they can learn dramas by performances. Meanwhile, it suggests that writing papers are adopted instead of final exams and students’ achievements are decided by the usual and final performance. The paper shows that students shall have more enthusiasm on their learning if different projects with various forms, clear goals and interests are designed in accordance with diversified teaching objectives.


Project-based Learning, English and American Literature, Application