Cooperative Learning and Second Language Teaching

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 14, 2006 - Foreign Language Study - 223 pages
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Although Cooperative Learning has steadily grown in popularity in second-language classrooms, few resources are available that cover the topic in depth. Cooperative Learning in Second Language Teaching is a comprehensive overview, suitable for MA TESOL programs and for in-service teachers. Part I provides a grounding for collaborative/cooperative learning by discussing the educational research, issues that surround its implementation, and how it relates to theories of second language learning. Part II is a series of six narrative chapters written by teachers from around the world. These teachers share their experiences using cooperative learning in their classrooms, demonstrating the effectiveness of this approach, in both second and foreign language contexts, for elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels of instruction. An appendix outlining the techniques in these chapters is also included.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Roots of cooperative learning in general education
9
Connections between cooperative learning and second
18
Issues in implementing cooperative learning
30
Introduction
49
Cooperative learning in a multilingual kindergarten
55
Using cooperative learning with primary school students
74
Using cooperative learning to teach French at the secondary
92
Implementing cooperative learning with secondary
113
Teaching practicing and celebrating a cooperative
153
Conclusion
177
References
197
Index
215
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George M. Jacobs has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii and a master s degree in Linguistics from the University of Illinois Chicago. He has been teaching courses on cooperative learning since 1988. He has published many articles on the topic and is also a coauthor of Learning Cooperative Learning via Cooperative Learning: A Sourcebook of Lesson Plans for Teacher Education (1997). He is a member of the Executive Board of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education and editor of its newsletter. He also specializes in second-language learning and helped compile an annotated bibliogra-phy of works on group activities in second-language instruction. Contact him at gmjacobs@ pacific.net.sg.

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