Improving English Language Learners' Oral and Written Language Through Collaborative Discussions

Improving English Language Learners' Oral and Written Language Through Collaborative Discussions

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Results showed that experiences of CR discussions accelerated ELLs' oral and written English. The CR group performed significantly better than the control group on reading comprehension. Only the mainstream-class students, but not the bilingual-class students, significantly benefited from CR discussions on listening comprehension. The CR group produced more coherent narratives in a wordless-picture storytelling task. The reflective essays written by the CR group, with greater length and vocabulary diversity, contained a significantly greater number of reasons, counterarguments, and use of text evidence. CR discussions enhanced students' motivation and engagement, perceived benefits of discussions, and attitudes toward English learning. These results altogether yield significant implications for the literacy instruction practices of ELLs.... to happen because CR discussions and reflective essay writing task share important structural features of an argument schema, ... This striking effect may be due to the relative lack of opportunities to learn argumentative knowledge at home and school for these English language learners. ... In traditional teacher- directed whole class instruction for ELLs, fast-paced low-level question-answer classroomanbsp;...


Title:Improving English Language Learners' Oral and Written Language Through Collaborative Discussions
Author: Jie Zhang
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009
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