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ERIC Number: EJ1080786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Structuring Cooperative Learning in Teaching English Pronunciation
Chen, Hsuan-Yu; Goswami, Jaya S.
English Language Teaching, v4 n3 p26-32 Sep 2011
Classrooms incorporating Cooperative Learning (CL) structures facilitate a supportive learning environment for English Language Learners (ELLs). Accurate pronunciation by ELLs is important for communication, and also benefits academic achievement. The known benefits of CL for ELLs make it a desirable learning environment to teach pronunciation skills. Thus, sufficient consideration must be given to its incorporation in curricula and delivery format. However, in implementing CL structures in ELL classrooms, attention must be paid to incubation time for CL elements, social and cultural factors. This quasi-experiment, with a pre-post test two-treatment, formed by expanding across program design investigated the impact of a CL environment in the pronunciation skills of ELLs. Results showed that the difference between the improvement of the CL (experimental) group and the control group was not significant enough to claim that CL was a major differential factor. Factors affecting the implementation of CL in ELL classrooms are discussed.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, English Instruction, Pronunciation Instruction, Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, Language Skills, English Language Learners, High School Students, Intervention, Performance Factors, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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