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ERIC Number: ED437846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 12
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Reading Together.
Thornton, Patricia
This paper describes a first-year English-as-foreign-language junior college reading course in Japan that utilized a combination of whole class instruction and cooperative learning techniques to encourage group discussion and language skill development. Students were randomly divided into groups of eight--a group which became the students' home group for the entire academic year. Most classes included both whole class instruction and cooperative learning segments. Four cooperative activities were tried. In Talking Tokens, an activity designed to encourage full and equal participation, each student takes a token from a central pile and shares information and contributes to the discussion. A Jigsaw activity divides a subject into equal parts with all students from the home group volunteering or being assigned to become experts in their piece of the puzzle and find the best way to pass on this knowledge to the rest of the group. In a group investigation activity, students divide the research responsibilities of their topic and then devise the most effective way to synthesize their findings and present it to the rest of the class. In a roundtable activity, students brainstorm out loud and write their ideas on a common tablet. They then discuss which are the best ideas, and the ones that will be presented to the rest of the class. The various cooperative learning tasks successfully helped the students analyze the stories they read and develop the competence to talk about them in the second language. (Contains 19 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan