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The Effects of Cooperative Learning on Junior High School Students' English Listening Comprehension and Anxiety
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This study explored the effects of cooperative learning on junior high school students’ English listening comprehension and anxiety. Students’ perceptions towards cooperative learning were also investigated. 61 participants consisted of two classes of seventh graders from a public school in Northern Taiwan, with 22 in the experimental group and 29 in the control group. The experimental group received cooperative instruction in listening class, while the control group was instructed through traditional teaching method. The experiment was conducted for 10 weeks in 10 class periods. The students’ listening comprehension and anxiety before and after the instruction of the two groups were examined. Data were collected from a self-designed listening comprehension test, Foreign Language Listening Anxiety Scale (FLLAS), a questionnaire about cooperative learning and a group interview. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were used. The results presented that students in the experimental group significantly outperformed those in the control group in terms of listening comprehension test scores. Then, the quantitative data collected from the FLLAS showed no significant difference for two groups before and after the instruction, though the students in experimental group expressed they felt less anxious during cooperative instruction in the group interview and the questionnaire. Furthermore, the findings from the interview and the questionnaire indicated the experimental group had highly positive perceptions towards cooperative learning. Last, based on the findings, some suggestions of applying cooperative instruction in teaching listening and research are provided.
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