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ERIC Number: ED437843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 18
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Cooperative Attending Skills Training for ESL Students.
Acton, William; Cope, Corrine.
In learning a second language, an important threshold has been crossed when authentic, extended communication with native speakers becomes possible. At that point, the learner is able to take a proactive role in interactions, gaining at least some real control over the topic, course, and purpose of a conversation. Training in attending skills set in a cooperative learning group can help English as a Second Language (ESL) students get to that level quickly and effectively. The cooperative learning model has provided a flexible and principled basis for group teaching and learning. This chapter outlines a Cooperative Attending Skills Training (CAST) process for ESL students based on Acton and other ESL-oriented cooperative models. A key feature of this cooperative learning adaptation of attending skills training was inspired by the frustration of trying to teach English conversation skills to Japanese college freshman. Through careful attention to topic selection, a cooperatively based balancing role, and responsibility within conversation groups, this CAST framework adds considerably to the applicability of attending skills training. In its present form, the CAST system can be used in virtually any second language learning program. An appendix with a model cooperative attending skills training curriculum is included. (Contains 22 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan