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ERIC Number: ED396560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Students' Perceptions of Foreign Language Communicative Teaching and Class Size.
Johnson, Patricia; Arenas, Jaime
Students in two university classes (n=12, n=22) of Spanish as a second language were surveyed concerning the effectiveness of the communicative approach to second language learning, particularly in relation to class size. Written reports were elicited on this topic, and written reactions to nine in-class communicative activities were also collected. In the larger class, about two-thirds students considered their class as average in size, and a slightly smaller proportion also considered this size ideal for foreign language instruction. In the smaller class, 92 percent considered theirs a small class, while about half considered the ideal class size to be 15-20 students. The main reasons given for ideal class size preferences were individual attention given by the teacher and verbal interaction in small group work. The larger class was less convinced of the value of small group work. Both groups were divided concerning the effectiveness of in-class vs. out-of-class study strategies. These results are compared with the perceptions of teachers concerning ideal class size and instructional techniques for foreign language teaching and for English-as-a-Second-Language teaching, researched in two previous studies, and issues related to class size in second language teaching are discussed. Contains 35 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Europe (Central)