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Working together - does it help?

Caterina Cafarella
Victoria University of Technology

This paper presents the results of a project involving non-native speakers of English working collaboratively on a set of tasks in their English classes. The project involved senior students working with first year students over the first semester. Evaluation showed that according to the students' perceptions cross year collaborative work was a positive experience. The first year students felt that they gained a better understanding of university life and at the same time felt that their English skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing had improved. The senior students found the experience very rewarding because the interaction and the task were invaluable in their understanding of issues in English language learning.

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