Cooperative Learning With a Focus on the Social: A Pedagogical Proposal for the EFL Classroom

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Janeth Juliana Contreras León
Claudia Marcela Chapetón Castro


This article is a report of a pedagogical intervention which was developed with a group of seventh graders during their English as a foreign language class in a public school in Bogotá. It is part of an investigation in which the main purpose was to foster students’ classroom interaction through the use of cooperative learning principles from a dialogical perspective that focused on social aspects of students’ school lives. Thus, the instructional design incorporated a methodology that focused on the students’ realities and provided opportunities for dialogue, cooperation, and reflection. From a pedagogical perspective, this experience promoted changes in the classroom practices allowing a new vision of group work, encouraging personal growth and social awareness among participants.

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Contreras LeónJ. J., & Chapetón CastroC. M. (2016). Cooperative Learning With a Focus on the Social: A Pedagogical Proposal for the EFL Classroom. HOW Journal, 23(2), 125-147.
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Janeth Juliana Contreras León, Colegio Bravo Páez IED

Janeth Juliana Contreras León holds a BA in Modern Languages (Spanish and English) from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Colombia, and an MA in Foreign Language Teaching from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. She is an EFL teacher for the Secretary of Education in Bogotá at Colegio Bravo Páez IED.

Claudia Marcela Chapetón Castro, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional

Claudia Marcela Chapetón Castro holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Barcelona) and an MA in Applied Linguistics (Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas). She is an associate professor at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá. She has co-authored EFL textbooks and teaching materials. Her research interests include critical literacy practices, EFL teaching, metaphor, and corpus linguistics.


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