The Increase in Percentage of Students Who Actually Do Homework by Means of Communicative Out-of-Class Tasks instead of Homework Assignments: A Case Study of Adult EFL Students in the Conversation Courses at The University of Costa Rica

This study investigates how communicative out-of-class tasks instead of homework assignments can increase the percentage of students who actually do homework in the conversation courses at the University of Costa Rica. The review of the literature indicates that communicative out-of-class assignment...

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Main Authors: Barrantes Torres, Daniela, Bonilla Matamoros, Gerson, Saravia Vargas, José Roberto, Solís Pérez, Nathalia
Format: Artículo
Language: Inglés
Published: Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica 2013
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rlm/article/view/12609
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/23459
Summary: This study investigates how communicative out-of-class tasks instead of homework assignments can increase the percentage of students who actually do homework in the conversation courses at the University of Costa Rica. The review of the literature indicates that communicative out-of-class assignments facilitate learning through purposeful language use. The information gathered supports the premise that communicative out-of-class tasks enhance learners’ rate of response to homework assignments. In addition, the results indicate that goal- oriented communicative tasks make students reflect on their own learning, and that homework complements the teaching and learning process when it fulfills the learners’ interests and needs.