Using “Jigsaw technique” to organize group-work activities for students at grade 10 in reading lessons


Author: Pham Thi Kieu Oanh, Dang Ngoc Mai (Thai Nguyen University of Education, Vietnam)
Speaker: Pham Thi Kieu Oanh
Topic: Applied Sociolinguistics
The SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 Poster Session


Abstract

Cooperative learning is considered one of the most important factors which contributes to a useful and successful lesson. Therefore, high-school teachers always seek the effective techniques in order to organize interesting group-work activities in English lessons in general and the English reading lessons in particular by dint of difficulties in getting insight into the reading materials in textbook. Being employed to develop the group-work activities in many high schools and highly recommended with positive feedbacks by many students and teachers, “Jigsaw technique” is regarded as a gold key to enhance students’ reading performance in reading lessons. In this study, the researchers carried out an investigation into the impact of “Jigsaw technique” on improving the 10th grade students’ reading performance at Thai Nguyen high school. The researchers aim to explore a) the current situation of the 10th grade students’ reading performance at Thai Nguyen high school; b) the difficulties that high-school teachers have to face organizing group-work activities for students at grade 10; c) the impact of using “Jigsaw technique” in English reading lessons on improving the 10th grade students’ reading performance. The participants of the current study were 50 students at grade 10 and 2 English teachers at Thai Nguyen high school. Questionnaires, interviews and experiments were utilized as the main instruments to collect data. The results of this study would be great help for English teachers and high school students after some recommendations were drawn out.

Keywords: Cooperative learning, Group – work activities, Jigsaw technique, Reading skills