Cooperative Language Learning

David6 months ago1 min read

Cooperative Language Learning may be known by different names in various establishments, but in essence it is a student-centred (not teacher-centred) approach to language learning.

In language classrooms the temptation is often to have the teacher (possessing all of the knowledge) leading the learning from the front; Cooperative Language Learning asks the teacher to become a facilitator rather than instructor, and to plan in order to establish a cooperative classroom setting.

It was devised in response to classroom environments perceived to be too competitive and discriminating (Richards & Rogers, 2016) and aims at establishing a team-based learning environment, built on cooperation among students.

“Cooperative learning is group learning activity organized so that learning is dependent on the socially structured exchange of information between learners in groups and in which each learner is held accountable for his or her own learning and is motivated to increase the learning of others.” - Olsen & Kagan, 1992

Some of the top methods to promote cooperative learning in the classroom include:

  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Three-step Interview
  • Student Teams Achievements

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