ERIC Number: ED468603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Responses of Adult ESL Learners to Short Stories in English in Collaborative Small-Group Discussions.
This study examined the collaboration of four adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners as they participated in a small groups to construct meaning in response to English short stories. The study investigated learners' oral responses and utterances and noted how group discussion influenced the content of their responses to short stories during one particular discussion session and over the semester. Data collection involved audiotaping peer group discussions. Oral responses in group discussions were collected at three different intervals during one semester. Students read and discussed three different short stories at each interval, also giving presentations to the rest of the class. Students evaluated their own and each others' work. Overall, participants discussed a broad range of topics in the collaborative group. Their utterances during the discussions were highly fluid, constantly shifting, and dynamic. They used various strategies to communicate their ideas and opinions and to construct meanings of English short stories. Collaborative discussion of short stories enabled these ESL students to sharpen and extend their comprehension and oral skills. Two appendixes present synopses of short stories and questions used to evaluate group presentations. (Contains approximately 150 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation, Fordham University.