The Principles of Cooperative Learning in an Oral Communication Course in English: A Descriptive Analysis

Palabras clave: Cooperative Learning, positive interdependence, individual and group accountability, promotive interaction, interpersonal and small group skills, group processing


This article reports on the findings of a research conducted to describe the occurrence and effect of the principles of Cooperative Learning in an oral communication course in English for sophomores during one semester at a public university in Costa Rica. To collect data for the study, three instruments were used, an interview for the professor of the group, a questionnaire for the students, and class observations. The data collected were triangulated by means of predetermined categories of analysis. Overall, the findings obtained indicate that the use of Cooperative Learning, in addition to the professor’s commitment to support her students to learn, has produced significant results.


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Juan Pablo Zúñiga Vargas, Universidad de Costa Rica
Profesor de inglés para otras carreras, Universidad de Costa Rica. Profesor de pedagogía e investigación educativa para la enseñanza del inglés, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. Magíster en la Enseñanza del Inglés como Lengua Extranjera y Bachiller en Inglés, ambos títulos obtenidos en la Universidad de Costa Rica.


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Zúñiga Vargas, J. (2014). The Principles of Cooperative Learning in an Oral Communication Course in English: A Descriptive Analysis. Revista Ensayos Pedagógicos, 9(2), 149-168. Recuperado a partir de
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