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ERIC Number: EJ1126750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1916-4742
An Empirical Study on the Application of Cooperative Learning to Comprehensive English Classes in a Chinese Independent College
Meng, Ji
English Language Teaching, v10 n2 p94-99 2017
This research investigated a comparison between the effect of cooperative learning and lecture teaching on Comprehensive English classes in a Chinese Independent College. An empirical study for two semesters was carried out in the forms of pretest, posttest, questionnaire and interviews. While control class was taught in the conventional way, experiment class was instructed based on cooperative base groups with positive interdependence structured on purpose. Compared with traditional instructions, cooperative learning as pedagogy can improve students' performance on course exams, but not necessarily their language competence as shown in national English competency tests taken before and after the experiment. Test results also indicate students from experiment class who excelled in competency test outnumbered those from control class, revealing that cooperative learning has positive impacts especially on students at a relatively higher academic level. Questionnaire results show that students are most inclined to agree they have more chances to practice the language in a cooperative environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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