The Effect of STAD Technique on the Idiom Learning of Low-Intermediate Institute Language Learners
Science Journal of Education
Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages: 30-36
Received: Feb. 17, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 19, 2015; Published: Mar. 24, 2015
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Shokoufeh Safari, Department of English Language, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran
Shaban Berimani, Department of English Language, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran
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Learning a language is learning how to communicate in culturally, socially and academically in appropriate ways consistent with the norms and customs of the target language users. Cooperative learning as a technique used by teachers can assist students in improving essential social skills. This study aimed to investigate the effect of STAD technique on learning idioms of low-intermediate EFL learners. In addition, it aimed to compare the idiom learning of male and female language learners based on STAD. Sixty low-intermediate language learners were selected from No’andishan language institutes in Sari. Oxford Placement Test and the idiom learning package test were used in this study. Results showed that there was a significant difference between the mean scores of the two groups on the posttest of the idiom. The STAD group performed better on the post-test of idiom. No significant difference between the mean scores of the males and females on the posttest of the idiom was found.
Cooperative learning, idiom learning, social skill, STAD
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Shokoufeh Safari, Shaban Berimani, The Effect of STAD Technique on the Idiom Learning of Low-Intermediate Institute Language Learners, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 30-36. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20150302.13
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