Class Involvement Rate And Improving Students Knowledge

Abstract: The Task-based Coaching and Learning function has been relished a whole lot in nowadays British education process. Not merely since it has given the aims of both coaching and students' learning, but also during the process of achieving the goals, it can help stimulate teachers' inspiring skills and students' creativities, thus to develop the interest in learning and the status of studying with their best. However, there are various problems occurring in class teaching, of which standout and influential will be the low class involvement rate and students' low efficiency in acquiring the mandatory knowledge. To find out solutions to these problems, the writer has analyzed different materials as well mirrored from the coaching experience (case study method), suggesting that making use of cooperative analysis, or teamwork nature into class coaching will be the most effective.

Key words: cooperative analysis, Task-based English Coaching, participation

1. Introduction

It is challenging to reach better education goals whenever a class has encountered problems like low contribution rate, and therefore not absolutely all the students are considering asking or responding to questions and taking part in activities, due to the fact the activities aren't intriguing at all. Plus the other problem is students' low efficiency in acquiring the mandatory knowledge. There are various factors influencing the grade of a class coaching. Getting better constructions of teaching facilities, like advanced multimedia, is far from enough to produce a school get its expected goals. As for this, many professors and experts have been striving to work through ways to promote students' desire to know and willingness to do, for example, having more out-of-classroom activities and setting up more innovative topics to speak and research. But how to make the best of the is still kept to explore. By learning previous researches and doing coaching practice in Deyang Foreign Language School, the writer believes cooperative analysis, which is also known as team-work should be more used in coaching and educating. In the following area of the thesis, the causes for these problems mentioned previously will be described. Following that, the idea of Cooperative Study and its own positive romantic relationship with Task-based Course Teaching will be released as well as how we can actually apply it into real coaching. The research the author did in Deyang Foreign Language College will be reviewed within the last part.

2. Overview of Literature

2. 1 Theory of task-based English Class Teaching

Task-based coaching is to master the terms by using words in the activities rather than simply training for words skills and knowledge of the terms learning effects. In educating activities, educators should concentrate on specific communications and language tasks, design of specific and practical responsibilities. Students are to complete the learning tasks through expression, communication, negotiation, interpretation and other dialect by means of inquiry. Task-based coaching method is to soak up the advantages of days gone by formed of a number of teaching methods, although it will not exclude other teaching methods.

It was first submit in the 1980s, stressing on "learning by doing" in the terms coaching method and communicative methodology is the development of language education in the world. This has provided educating theoretical basis for the gradual introduction of British teaching in China, foreign language teaching reform in China as a style.

The top features of Task-based Coaching Method include focusing on finishing the tasks rather than manipulating some sort of meaningless words form, and aiming at increasing students' resounding and pursuits by providing relationships which are closely related to real life and experience.

2. 2 Theory of Cooperative Study

Cooperative research (or cooperative learning) can be an approach to arranging classroom activities into academics and cultural learning activities. Students work in groups to complete responsibilities collectively. Everyone succeeds when the group succeeds.

There are 5 basic elements of cooperative study. They are Positive Interdependence, Person Accountability, In person Interactions, Sociable Skills, and Benefits. First, Positive Interdependence requires that group participants feel linked to one another along the way of accomplishing the target. Second, Person Accountability means that every group member is in charge of having the ability to display understanding and understanding of the learned academic targets and sociable goals. Third, In person Interactions claim that the group must get involved by communicating and discussing the goal. Fourth, Communal Skills include being attentive, body language, showing, taking ideas and differences, etc. They are the skills needed prior to or being developed through the group work. And fifth, Benefits include higher self esteem, accomplishment and retention of academic information

2. 3 Co-relationships between task-based teaching and cooperative study

From a graph, we can see the co-relation between cooperative review and task-based teaching: (chart 2. 1)


Proper activities


Team goals

Group activities


When all the coaching goals are allocated as group work, those proper activities are needed to be satisfied by all the students with cooperative nature applied in to the process and with the direction of the educators. The features of cooperative review fit the steps taken to complete task-based coaching.

3. Causes for problems

Before actually learning how Cooperative Review can be fully applied into teaching, it's important to access know the causes for those problems (low involvement rate and low efficiency in learning) mentioned previously. Why not all the students are willing to participate, and what exactly are the obstacles for leveling up students' efficiency in learning?

Being not considering the class is the reason why they don't really want positively thinking and discussing, which directly effect their quality of acquiring knowledge. Maybe it is because of the materials are boring, the way the teacher demonstrates to is boring, or it is their own problems. Students in middle school are in the young ages, where many physical and psychological problems will happen to them. Based on the coaching practice done in Deyang SPANISH, the author has discovered that we now have mainly three areas of influential factors outlined out the following: on the aspect of students, on the aspect of professors, and on the facet of school.

3. 1 Around the facet of students

Chai Lujing (2006), who has wrote about how exactly to applying cooperative heart into technical schools, says that, on the main one hand, middle college students are throughout their teenage period time, where they are struggling for psychological self-reliance. The embodiment of which is they tend to lower away the attaching thoughts from parents and teachers. And thus they have to build other relationships as substitutions either with the outside world, such as sociable relationship, or with the teenager mates, like child years pals or classmates. Since a whole lot of middle college students you live on campus, it is an chance for them to determine new relationships with more people out of known connections and realize their life value through their own work and endeavors. Alternatively, those activities to be carried out in classes need the soul of willingness to talk about and manage others, but this is what the students nowadays lack. What also should be responsible for is the "one child policy". Being really the only child and the center at home, they have been spoiled by their own families. And their self-consciousness has always made them pleased with themselves, adding to the growing blind acknowledgement of themselves. This is why they are lacking the awareness and motivations to cope with others. She has also mentioned that the "only child" has a solid desire to harm, making them unpleasant and critic, more really, making them take no pleasure to make friends with people they don't really like but to revenge them thus to safeguard themselves. Each one of these indicate these kids lack cooperative nature, making them carry no understanding, compassion and admiration towards others. So that it is not hard to conclude that this will be hurdles to allow them to adjust to the world and also have a self-acceptance of one self. Therefore, even there are activities and duties occur a Task-based School, without students' willingness and openness to offer to do, nothing can be achieved. Accordingly, the class participation rate will never be as high needlessly to say.

3. 2 Around the facet of teachers

Not all the educators are making an outline of a category elaborately, for lacking of the time or thought of necessity. As everybody knows "cramming coaching and learning" has extremely existed ever sold and affected our education for decades. The emphasis of effect and grades has made instructors focus more on the results, whatever the procedure is. Doing more exercise and bending their heads among the books are always what a diligent pupil should be. Whenever there's a new course, students are burdened with a mass of new knowledge, which should be gained by frequently reinforcement and examined through tests. Although task-based teaching and learning method is been expanding, the theory that simply replicate note and "cramming knowledge" are hard to eliminate. Teachers hardly ever do investigations on each student's personality. Therefore students' needs and wants are usually carelessly ignored, and their being asked about questions they aren't interested in rather than in a position to break the tension of a significant category, has definitely effect students' zeal in contribution. Because of lack of properly prepared activities, this means it is the teacher who is conversing and cramming, a category is hard to reach the goals, harmoniously and enjoyably. And this will definitely effect student's efficiency in attaining knowledge.

3. 3 For the aspect of school

In the concept of traditional education, it is more centered on the individual's development and competency rather than a group's. In middle university, this has been shown by seeking of high grades. The grade of a university is usually judged by its rate of students' approval to a higher education. Since all individuals are struggling with their own private success, the posting of knowledge and the pleasure of being working mutually have been ignored. Being fretful and jealous of other's successes, many students have become more self-acclaimed and self-closing, never attempting to shares knowledge with others, never wanting to exchange ideas with others. But things have transformed. The new requirements of curriculum assert quality education, aiming at developing a student's all-aspects ability. Plus more specifically, many useful types of coaching methods are demanded, like Task-based School Teaching. As for a college itself, the failures of focusing on harmonious studying teams and social techniques have inspired the most. Because it is often the competitiveness are highlighted more than the cooperative review. Such as in a sports getting together with, classes are consequently a group for some competitions. Another factor is the need to make cooperative heart as an important public value to be popularized and educated has not been fulfilled

4. Situations of making use of Cooperative Spirit into class teaching

To find solutions to these problems (low participation rate and low efficiency in learning), many teachers have been attempting to put as many activities as they can in a school coaching, and use multimedia facilities. But consider this: if the class is filled with activities which are just to warm up the atmosphere and the tutor is the leading role, can the school really encourage the students to participate? If the professors have put everything on the computer, voices are taped and explanations are pictured, can they help the students develop their ground breaking spirit to think and to discover? And these flaws are exactly many scholars are arguing about. As ёЇѕҐё [Ke Qunfan] (2003) has written in "getting away from the new cramming teaching method" that to produce a class vibrant and live, many professors did too much, one-sidedly thinking that more activities will be better. However, it then becomes "new cramming method", which includes simply occupies enough time of a school.

"New requirements for English Curriculum" has said that "the introduction of students" is the destination of teaching. It is vital to make students the dynamic roles of your class. Cooperative review, asking for making use of cooperative spirit, also called the team-work heart, into study, has been approved and recommended by many scholars. Chen Jianhua (2004) has mentioned in thesis "A Little Talk on British Cooperative Review" that cooperative study is one of the coaching practices predicated on group work. Having the same ultimate goal and being respected by achievements of a complete group, cooperative review can stimulate coaching and learning by completely cooperation of every element. If taken into account, the requirements of your task-based teaching method will be fulfilled. Cooperating can bring students' activeness into play, and form the competitive as well as cooperative atmosphere between teams in class. Through the process, face to face interactions are set up while each pupil will have to carry a share of responsibility. Along with the expectations of earning discussions can be reached which is exactly what an English course is aiming at, which is to produce a student conversation, think favorably, and make language a live tool to speak.

4. 1 Teamwork instances in senior high school abroad.

When people were interviewed why they had chosen to review abroad, they described that it was because they could go through the "free thinking" or "free life". Though this is kind of sarcastic about China's education which includes been traditionally concentrating on getting a good grade, making alone the profound ethnic difference, American's free approach to teaching is worthwhile learning, for which is filled with free thinking, moreover, asking for as much cooperation as you possibly can in a category. Not merely in finishing assignment but also connections between educators and students, between knowledge and students' minds. What "free method of American education" has impressed the writer most were the non-public experiences of learning in Plattsburgh College in State University of NY. Though it's in college school, it's valid to show the effectiveness of cooperative study.

One of the circumstances was the FLL (SPANISH and Books) category. The students were required to do assignments once they completed the literary works (brief story and books). There were 2 parts contained in the assignment: answering questions and blank-fillings. Every school, the tutor would form sets of 2-3 students. One of them would do the display, and everything the group people would need to work on the assignments alongside one another. The pupil who have the display was always the one liked to speak, and may vividly explain the answer to the questions, while the answer should be the combined ideas of all the group participants.

The other example was also cooperative study applied in one of the General Mindset class completed in Plattsburgh University. The professor asked the students to do arrangements for new class in sets of 4-6 people. All the students in an organization needed to put together at least one time of the material, and one of these would act as the leading role to connect the whole demonstration. After those classes, several personal interviews have been performed of those who conducted the actions. They kept positive views about this. One of the students from FLL school said that it was fun for they could easily get the detailed information of your novel when they were brought up by their classmates. The data became more impressive plus they could use to show their point of view freely and creatively. "I love that school. " she said. This was exactly what instructor and the category needed. The other scholar from GP category said he usually sat silently in a few other classes, just taking records. However in GP class, he had to prepare his own talk well and gone up to the stage. "Though I don't often talk, I will simply go there and notify what I've done, and then I remember all the materials relating to with this lessons. " He also said this.

It can be seen from these two examples that whenever students' have observed, they'll find hobbies in doing things. They will research better and more efficiently. Dialectical Materialism has the theory that connections is one of the ways human beings exist. School's being truly a social group, allows interactions and sociable communications between educator and students. This also provides explanations for the improvement of students' acquiring knowledge in the cooperative review atmosphere, for experiences provided by classmates are easy to be known, and the actions students have enjoyed will depict the meaning of social jobs. Nevertheless, students will establish a feeling of social value, task awareness, cooperation consciousness, and their public responsibilities as well as team-work soul. Based on the acknowledgement that students should be the key role, cooperative analysis has created the chance to have interaction between students, and distinguished the assignments of "guiding" and "playing" between professors and students. Therefore, students can hold the opportunities and time to exchange their ideas, pursuing improvement together. More importantly, through the process, the subjectivity of students is fully reflected, their desire for knowledge, enthusiasm will be aroused and happy and effective learning will be achieved.

4. 2 Teamwork samples in high school in China (Special circumstance in Deyang SPANISH School)

Teaching practice in Deyang Foreign Language School

Based on the cooperative learning research and practice, the writer has completed a teaching practice in 2 classes of high section in Deyang Foreign Language School, aiming to explore the effectiveness of cooperative study's increasing learner classroom involvement and their efficiency of university student learning in the process of coaching.

Method: circumstance study

Basic information of subject matter

Class 7 is a knowledge category, with 21 males and 23 girls, middle list in comprehensive expertise.

Class 5 is an art school, with 10 males and 29 females, middle get ranking in comprehensive functions.

The requirements of British curriculum for both classes are the same. Their British tests grades are of little difference.

Content: Warming Up and Speaking in Device 5

Textbook: Senior English for China Student's Reserve 2A

Step1: grouping

For school 7: There were all together three main teams grouped relating to students' personalities.

Group 1, productive students (talkative, and very quite)

Group2, less talkative, over reserved students

Group3, reserved student (will need part in the school when needed)

For school 5: three communities as well, given according with their seats.

Step2: assign the tasks

Part one: Questions based on the textbook, page 33.

a. Give pictures that they are interested in

b. Give information about each part of UK on different aspects.

Part two: students become familiar with one another and deliver the tasks by themselves

Step3: the procedure of the class

groups discussion

manage the info they have got collected


Step4: evaluation (5 score for each)

1. Students were respected as a whole group.

2. Presentations should be viewed vividly, including every ones' subject matter, reflecting their grouping style, which contains balanced syndication of work, in-between trust.

3. Accuracy of knowledge is also respected.

Step5: testifying the efficiency of learning. All of the students are asked to finish the pre-reading tasks on the textbook.

4. 2. 1 Results

For course 7 (chart 4. 1)


Accuracy of knowledge




Group 1





Group 2





Group 3





For course 5 (chart 4. 2)


Accuracy of knowledge




Group 1





Group 2





Group 3





4. 2. 2 Talk and flaws

4. 2. 2. 1 Main findings

Group presentations' explanation of Course 7: Group one, which is constructed of talkative persons and incredibly tranquil students, talkative students obviously had very flexible minds plus they took the job of presentations, while others had distributed information collected by them and supported their teammates. Group two, students were less talkative and over reserved. They tended to attend when advertised to stand on the stage and give a demonstration representing their group, which made a lack of their ratings of "presentation". Group 3 had the highest score.

During the procedure of teaching, the writer has found that in Category 7, students in each group made arrangements elaborately. They allocated the assignments corresponding to everyone's skills and advantages, for a few of these were good at computers, that was important for information collecting, plus some had better oral English, which could make the display clear to be understand. The reason laid much in their personality, for these properly reserved students usually stick out when they were needed, and always had a clear hint of what to do and what things to say. With this group, that they had given the information very exact and presented progressively. The author got consumed that to achieve the ultimate goal that the group to get the best rating, the students needed cooperate with one another well. During the process, obedience and bargain were needed but more importantly, the support towards others. What had come out consequently was after each demonstration, other group users had given an initial yet noisy applause with their teammate, plus they got constantly complete the partners' speeches on the periods by giving more product.

Group presentations' explanation of Course 5: Group 1 occurred to consist of several students who were better at English. Group 3 was of students with common abilities, and the next group held several backward students, whose review results were below average. And group 2 got relatively higher credit score in the "overall column" because when it was their use do the display, they seemed effective. Though not much information required was provided, these students were completely participating. Along with the students in the other average group were in the same way drawback as what some students experienced seemed in class. The research final result was slightest different. Beginning with free grouping, which they did according to their seating agreement, the students tended to cooperate with friends or sealed seats classmates. However, this may be affected by the students' gender part, meaning more young boys preferred conversing while girls were more reserved.

Necessity of proper grouping: these illustrations establish that to be able to aid cooperative learning, proper school room grouping and firm will play an essential role. Their groups ended up being three organizations as well. However, there are usually more problems essential to be reviewed. First, in class 5, due to the random assignment, students acquired lost a sense of shared benefits, which is one of the essential elements, less effective assignment distributions were made, which possessed business lead to students to merely await answers from others or they ended up blending information for insufficient group negotiation and full planning. Second, they tended to escape from duties, for depending on students who were relatively better at talking, as the others were just taking notes or tuning in. But there have been some energetic students demanded in order to their findings as an individual. Both of these issues have afflicted the potency of cooperative research.

Through these two cases, the value of grouping has been signified.

The efficiency of learning: in school 7, students appeared better to find the precise information and have a better knowledge of the context, for the descriptions given were more correct and were based on what that they had known or mentioned by their classmates. In class 5, students were less dynamic to answer questions and came out less thinking about learning and their replies were slightest hazy and less in amount. From this, we can predict that after a self-experience of analyzing and studying materials and sharing with others, students can have a comparatively better knowledge of the knowledge, which is very important to teaching and essential to enhance their efficiency in learning.

4. 2. 2. 2 Defects of the research

The creator has consumed the study will chuck more light on cooperative study's efficiency on enhancing students contribution and on their efficiency in acquiring knowledge, but because of missing data, students' personality analysis appeared rough, which can affect the grouping. However, cooperative learning's function of mobilizing students' enthusiasm has been fully reflected. But, whether the cooperative learning can allow students to improve learning efficiency was not fully proved. Only by evaluating the students' knowledge of related reading contexts was not sufficient. Based on the principle of remembrances, even although students gained a whole lot of knowledge items in the class, they might soon be ignored when there is no effective ways to be used, such as quizzes, in-depth conversations.

5. Solve problems

As to increase the low class contribution rate and students' efficiency in acquiring knowledge, the writer has advocated making use of cooperative research into task-based teaching. After studying the prior studies and doing teaching practice, more recommendations should be made as well. These recommendations are much more likely made for teachers.

5. 1 ideas on doing activities:

a. More desirable and thoughtful activities should be arranged.

Guarantee the equality of chances for every single student to get involved through the ways mixed, as what the writer has done in teaching.

Vary the analysis forms. Take more varieties like group conversations, group issue, group searching, group role play, of course, if allowed, online workshop, since English is a live terminology class. The greater intriguing the topic is, the more passionate the students will be rather than make it a burden for students.

Scholars have proposed three methods of grouping: homogeneous grouping, heterogeneous grouping, and the free collaboration. In homogeneous group, students often own same features, like in grades, study ability, and review activeness. By combing them, they can find their interests in keeping and improve collectively. While in heterogeneous organizations, things are complete opposite. It is best for students to help one another as well as learn from one another. Free grouping can promote students' interest and initiative to study by grouping them corresponding to their own options and has a strong cohesion. The grouping should be depended on teaching materials, educating conditions, and students' genuine situations.

Teachers should design the interactive activities based on real life rather than superficial content which requires no deep thinking, consists of no profound interpretation and bears no communicative requirement. Try to help the students to seriously participate in the actions from the "perception - basic - applications, " and develop their capabilities in identify problems and handling problems.

After an organization work, it is helpful that the tutor provide the responses and analysis to the analysis, which will validate group associates' sense of identical importance to the group, give the encouragement and support.

5. 2 Suggestions on connections with students:

a. To complete a number of mission activities, help to stimulate students' interest in learning.

b. Along the way of completing the task, teachers should incorporate the dialect knowledge and terminology skills together, helping to teach the pupils of vocabulary proficiency.

c. To help students to positively participate in words communication activities, professors should inspire their imagination and creative thinking. Students should play the main role.

d. In activities to learn knowledge, expanding interpersonal communication, pondering, decision-making and adaptability, is conducive to overall development of students.

e. Inside the task-based coaching activities, being inspired by their educators, each student must think individually and active involvement opportunities, keep the inspiration to learn, and develop good research habits.

Teachers should value the views of students to create a broad exchange of educating history, create an innovative atmosphere, and promote the spirit of "ask for develop all together instead of succeeding individually".

It is also essential for teachers to conduct emotional communication, to develop students' heart of Humanities and Community Sciences, as well as their right sense of competition and communal responsibility.

6. Conclusion

The interior value of cooperative study is necessary to be signified. As Ma Lan (2004) has explained, cooperative study isn't only a coaching method, but also an good attitude of life, showing people's gratitude and determination of manage others. Cooperative review is not only a method but also the content of a report, from which students learn the guidelines and social skills to develop. More importantly, cooperative study isn't only about the relationships between educators and students, but also the show of resources included in this. And under the requirements of current curriculum, the knowledge base of students includes knowledge from textbooks as well as from that of any teacher's coaching experience and the connections among them.

Cooperative learning itself is a kind of profound spiritual essence, rich content and considerable operational theory of instructing technology strategy. U. S. cooperative learning experts Jacobs (2001) once said, "the shortest distance to attain a goal is not necessarily a upright line". For English teaching, it isn't to ask learner to recite the British dictionary and coach them the only forms of dialect, but the useful usage of English. Combining with task-based teaching method, cooperative review works well to help students to experience the happiness of learning, cultivate a feeling of responsibility by showing different projects and figure out how to dedicate to a goal by using mutual match.

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