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Korean Journal of General Education 2016;10(4):209-236.
Published online December 30, 2016.
A Study on the Teaching Method for College English Reading Class through Small group-oriented Cooperative Learning
Hyekyung Kim
소집단 협동학습을 통한 교양영어 독해수업 방안 연구
This study suggests forming effective small groups and efficient role dividing system as practical ways to make up for some problems such as clamorous classroom environment and free-rider effects of small group-oriented cooperative learning. A case study applying these two ways to a real teaching spot was conducted in 2016 with 97 students in the first grade taking College English Reading 1 at Hoseo University. Students’ average TOEIC score was 417. For forming effective small groups, the number of each group s members was limited to four, and each group was formed by both student-selected and instructor-determined composition methods. And each group members sat facing each other. For managing efficient role dividing system, each member in a group was asked to take one of four roles; a reporter, a recorder, a timekeeper, and a checker. A leader of each group managed his/her group members roles to be rotated well. To help this, a worksheet and a table to check each group member s role were offered in every class. After 10 weeks, a survey was conducted for students satisfaction. The results of the survey showed 51% of students were satisfied with the current way of forming small groups. And over 90% of students were pleased with allocating one special role for each group member and rotating this role in every class, which means this way worked well as a good solution for the problem of free-rider effects.
Key Words: cooperative learning, college English, English reading class, small group composition, free-rider effect


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