Degree: MEd, Education and Spanish, 2005, University of Toledo
► In this project ten middle school foreign language cooperative learning activities were…
▼ In this project ten middle school foreign language cooperative learning activities were researched to determine which strategy would be the most successful in a classroom setting. In this project: Group Investigation, Simulations, Role-Plays, Conversation Cards, Jigsaw activities, Peer-Tutoring, Teams-Games-Tournaments (Without Tournaments), Information Gap, Think-Pair-Share, and Interactive Homework with parents were researched with varying degrees of success. Problems were encountered while attempting to incorporate cooperative learning strategies in a classroom of twelve, thirteen, or fourteen year-olds. The main problems were that students were not motivated to finish the work, they gave up before even starting the task, and they forgot project information at home or in lockers or lost paperwork. The CL activity failures resulted in the desire to conduct research on how to improve CL activities in the middle school classroom. After conducting action research, the successful cooperative learning activities in this middle school nine-week FLEX (Foreign Language Exploratory Experience) program were highly structured, provided clear objectives, and were shorter in duration. Activities that required research or were longer in duration were not as successful. In the middle school classroom, cooperative learning activities required patience, trial-and-error, adaptations to fit each group dynamic, and persistence.
Advisors/Committee Members: DeMedio, Dwayne.
Subjects: Education, Language and Literature
Keywords: Cooperative learning; Foreign Language Middle School