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Collaborative Learning: An Effective Alternative to Traditional Classroom Teaching

英語 教授 Terri Lee Nagahashi

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Collaborative learning is a method of teaching and learning in which two or more students work together to complete a task set by the teacher. Collaborative learning is an effective alternative to traditional classroom teaching because this method engages students more deeply and their work tends to improve with the help of their peers. Student engagement is an essential element of the learning process and has become an indicator of effective educational practice. In other words, the more time and effort students spend on an assignment, the greater their gains in knowledge and skills.

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Collaborative learning provides an opportunity for students to work together in a supportive environment, which research has shown to help reduce foreign language anxiety, enhance engagement, improve motivation, and lead to higher levels of achievement.

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Key points to remember when creating and implementing collaborative learning projects are that the projects should be challenging, allow for some degree of autonomy, encourage active involvement by each member of the group, have clear expectations, and are relevant to students’ interests and needs. Creating and implementing effective collaborative learning projects may be challenging for EFL teachers who are more accustomed to traditional teaching methods, however, the rewards of seeing students who are actively engaged, enjoying the learning process, and reaching higher levels of achievement are worth the extra time and effort involved in bringing about an environment more conducive to learning.

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