The Strategy of Cooperative Education and its Role in Teaching a Second Language

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Ibtihal Muhammad Ali Al-Bar, PhD



This paper aims to shed light on cooperative education, its various strategies and stages. These stages are: identification stage, crystallizing standards of collective work stage, and productivity. Moreover, the paper discusses the advantages of cooperative education which differ from traditional education. In terms of learning a second language, cooperative education has a lot of fun comparing to traditional education. The research also analyzes the reasons behind the lack of the opportunity to benefit from collective work in teaching languages ​​in many classrooms. In accordance with the cooperative education strategy, the study addresses the teacher’s role in the learning process from goal setting, appropriately group formation, determining  the task of each team, providing learners with guidance, encouraging and following them up, and any other roles. The study used the analytical descriptive method and concluded with the following results: the use of the cooperative education strategy in teaching a second language gives a great scope for strengthening the communicative language skills of the language learner. That strategy also requires language learners to indulge in language activities, interact and cooperate in accomplishing the required task of the group. This helps to create a mini-living linguistic environment which might help in acquiring the second language.

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Linguistic Studies