Student-Centered & Cooperative Learning - 2015

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Student centered and cooperative learning

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  • Think On a piece of paper write 3 words related to Student- centered classrooms and cooperative learning . (3 minutes, individually)

    Pair Pair up with a partner next to you.

    Share Share and comment your words with your partner . (3 minutes)

  • Get together in groups of 5.

    Each group member will have a role: encourager, note taker, time keeper, english only, moderator.only, moderator.

    TASK 1: arrange the pieces in the envelope into a square shape. (5 minutes)

  • TASK 2: (10 minutes)

    Discuss briefly

    What were some of the constructive behaviors that helped you to complete the Tangram task?

    What were some of the obstructive behaviors that prevented you from completing the Tangram activity?

    What were some of the frustrations you felt when What were some of the frustrations you felt when obstructive behaviors were exhibited?

    What are some choices you made in relation to frustrating behaviors?

    What was the result of these choices?

    Get ready to share

    What are the benefits of group work and cooperative learning?

  • Student-Centered Learning


    Low level of students choices


    High level of students choiceschoices

    Students are passive, receptors

    Teacher makes most of the decisions.


    Students are active participants

    Decisions shared with the students

  • Studentscan work alone / in

    small groups, at school / home

    are involved in what they study


    act as facilitators / guides

    help students to work outlearning

    they study

    take ownership of their learning

    are more motivated and committed

    Source: McLean (1997) & Educational Initiative Centre (2004)

    learning strategies

    develop students communicative and social skills

  • Each group member will get a piece of text with a number: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

    Find your partners according with the number you got.

    TASK 1 read the text and elicit its main ideas. (10 minutes)

    TASK 2 go back to your original group and share with your partners. (10 minutes)

  • Magister Virginia CanabalMagister Virginia Canabal

    Dpto. Segundas Lenguas y Lenguas Extranjeras.

    March, 2015.