Application of Cooperative Learning Strategies (CLS) for Students' Focused Teaching (SFT) in EFL Class: An Experimental Study in the Summer Remedial Course for Adult Learners
Journal of Language Teaching and Research
Cooperative Learning Strategies (CLS) for Students Focused Teaching (SFT), known as 'students-centered learning' (SCL), is the acknowledged pedagogical strategy. This research article is based on an experiment in an EFL class and analyses various fundamental aspects of CLS concentrating on the classroom barriers, diagnosis of students' linguistic problems and the results of the adopted strategies. During eight weeks of teaching instructions, three tests of integrated Reading and Writing skills
... and Writing skills were conducted in Level-3/4 classes in Preparatory Years Program with intervals. The students were given treatment through two different methodologies viz., Cooperative Learning Strategy and Traditional Learning Strategy (TLS) in two different groups. It was hypothesized that CLS would motivate them to participate in the classroom activities. Major research findings are that to achieve teaching objectives successfully, motivated and trained teachers are required to handle the students who do not cooperate in the CLS implementation process. The study also found out other pedagogical problems in the process of implementation by comparing CLS and TLS. The comparative analysis of the experimental and the controlled groups revealed that there was no significant impact of CLS on adult EFL learners. The study discusses the factors for the lack of CLS impact on the EFL learners and gives recommendations.