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ERIC Number: EJ824672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
Breaking the Culture of Silence: Teaching Writing and Oral Presentation Skills to Botswana University Students
Akindele, Dele; Trennepohl, Brian
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v21 n2 p154-166 2008
Collaborative learning (CL) methods were evaluated by a group of 101 university students in a first-year ESL course on Communication and Study Skills. The principal objective of the new approach was to encourage students to work together, to express their ideas more freely and to learn from each other. Student opinions on a course project (applying for a job) were recorded by interview and questionnaire. The results show that students enjoyed the new approach and found it helpful, with only minor reservations. The paper discusses the results in the light of current thinking on cultural influences on teaching and learning, and points to the implications they have for third-level language pedagogy and course design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Botswana