Characterization of eigth graders´social negotiation by means of project work in an English as a foreign language (EFL) setting
Wealthy Guerrero, David
Villarreal Montemayor, Silvia Patricia
Del Angel Castillo, Martha Catalina
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This qualitative study was conducted in a public school in Bogotá – Colombia with the participation of 8 students from an 8th grade. Data was gathered through audio tape recordings, researcher field notes, students’ journals and finally a semi-structured interview; the analysis technique was the transcription of data. This paper addresses qualitative data that helped to answer the research question that directed this study: What are the main academic characteristics that emerge from eight graders’ social negotiations through an oral performance using Project Work in an EFL setting? The General objective that this study pursued was: To characterize the way students construct social negotiations through an oral performance using project work in an EFL setting. And the Specific goal was: To establish the main academic features that reveal students’ social negotiations based on project work to promote the oral language performance in the EFL setting. Data examination indicated that through Project Work activities, students developed oral interaction in EFL using city experiences. Two main academic characteristics emerged from this research: Category No 1: involvement when talking with their partners, switching meaningful communication, and Category No 2: group social negotiations: reality made possible a theoretical and practical knowledge from meaningful learning. We found that the main academic characteristics that emerge from eight students’ social negotiations are part of a rich and dynamic process in which students tend to use their skills and capacities while assisting other partners, co-construct knowledge and develop their processes of learning. In the same way, students were better able to use the foreign oral production as a result of keeping in mind both foreign language and content goals when developing the tasks assigned. The results of this study are expected to contribute to the area of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and to become a model for other teachers and institutions for the implementation and promotion of Social Negotiation and students’ reality in the academic processes as a strategy in class dynamics.Keywords: Academic characteristics, project work, oral performance, social negotiation, students’ reality.Caracterización de la negociación social de alumnos de octavo grado a través del método de proyectos en un ambiente de inglés como lengua extranjera (ILE)Este estudio cualitativo se realizó en una escuela pública en Bogotá - Colombia con la participación de 8 estudiantes de 8 vo grado.
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