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ERIC Number: EJ1098940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Cooperative Learning Tasks in a Grade 6 Intensive English as a Second Language Class: Turn-Taking and Degree of Participation
Gagné, Nathalie; Parks, Susan
Language Learning Journal, v44 n2 p169-180 2016
With respect to cooperative learning, one aspect of particular interest to educators is its inclusive nature in terms of ensuring that all team members in group work are more or less equally involved in the task. Despite the inherent relevance for second language teaching, however, research is scant. To contribute to this area, the present study investigated the participation patterns of two heterogeneous groups of Grade 6 students in an intensive English as a second language (ESL) class in a Quebec school as they engaged in cooperative learning tasks. Results revealed that participation in tasks as measured by turn-taking was equally distributed amongst participants whose groups included learners of high, average and low proficiency. Results also showed that the ESL learners rarely resorted to French and thus appeared to be maximising opportunities to use the target language. Implications for classroom practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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