Action Research: Group Interaction in an ESP Class for Nursing Students

This study examines the effects of different grouping techniques, regardless of the level of proficiency, in true beginners' oral ability in the target language. Statistical analysis revealed that the students benefit from lowproficiency subjects versus low-proficiency groups more than the othe...

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Main Author: Chevez Herra, Roxana
Format: artículo científico
Language: Inglés
Published: Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica 2009
Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rlm/article/view/9443
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/23848
Summary: This study examines the effects of different grouping techniques, regardless of the level of proficiency, in true beginners' oral ability in the target language. Statistical analysis revealed that the students benefit from lowproficiency subjects versus low-proficiency groups more than the other grouping techniques. Thus, this kind of group-work offers a powerful tool for the attainment of both English and basic skills and refutes the idea that mixed-language proficiency groups are expected to help students use the target language, as pointed out in some of the studies previously reviewed.