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Howmuch do collaboration and cooperation affect language learning?
Collaborationand cooperation are key approaches in language learning. The twoapproaches incorporate group or pair activities in any classroomwhere language learning takes place. Cooperation incorporates variesactivities that chiefly aim at fostering social skills and maximizingthe outlined learning outcomes. It helps learners interact with oneanother in order to achieve a shared goal (Murphy, 2004).Collaborative approach help learners maximize their learning theyare free to choose and negotiate ways and means through which theynegotiate with one another.Peerreview with online forum and in-class presentation performanceenhance learning collaboration.
Peerreviews with online forum enhance ways in which students activelyshare their creative work with one another. It helps them haveconstructive feedback that plays a vital role in revising andimproving their work. Indeed, peer reviews and in-class presentationshelp the learners keep an audience in mind, receive productivefeedback, accept any constructive criticism from their colleagues andteachers, as well as master any necessary revision (Sato &Lyster, 2012). Similarly, online forum may further play a significantrole in broadening the concept of ‘peers’.Learnersfeel on the same boat/same community and feel less isolation
Learnersshould be encouraged to engage in small group skills as well as workas a team in order to achieve a shared goal. Each member of the teamshould be given a role to play so that they don’t feel isolated.Fair distribution of the roles and work should take place so thatevery learner contributes effectively, without feeling isolated.Again, learners should be advised and encouraged to monitor eachothers’ effort hence, improving the effectiveness of thecontributions from other members groups. Moreover, Curtis and Lawson(2001) argue that the learners should jointly reflect on the progressof their work.
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