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|Other Titles:||Students' Perceptions of College English Learning Through Small Group Work|
Department of English, NTNU
Current research on language learning makes claims for the potential benefits of small group work in regards to how to learn, develop communication skills, and acquire knowledge. In addition, with an emphasis on fosteringlanguage acquisition, small group work is widely used in language classrooms incorporating cooperative learning and the communicative approach. However, some studies show that learners prefer traditional lecturing to learner-centered activities and regard the mechanical aspects of language skill activities as useful. Since students' perceptions of their foreign language learning experiences in the classroom have important pedagogical implications in higher education, teachers should monitor the adequacy and effectiveness of the use of small group work. This study examined students' perspectives on College English I, a compulsory one-semester course for freshman students at a university in southern Taipei. Six freshmen participated in a focus group discussion to express their views in regards to their high school and college English learning experiences. In addition, individual interviews were employed to collect 12 students' perceptions of the group work conducted in the language classroom in terms of difficulties, effectiveness, and enjoyment as well as suggestions for improvement. The results showed that small group work generally meets students' needs and interests, but the study also revealed differences in the effectiveness of language learning. Some suggestions based on the results are made regarding the feasibility of incorporating group work into English classes for students at the tertiary level.
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