Cooperative Learning Projects to Foster Reading Skills

Keywords: cooperative learning, collaboration, interaction, reading skills, reading strategies, English learning



This paper reports an action research study on cooperative learning projects for engineering students at a public university. The study is aimed at improving reading skills through the use of four cooperative learning projects implemented during the English classes. Information gathered from a survey, a group’s interviews, and the teacher’s journal was collected and analyzed to determine the categories after being coded. Findings suggest that students significantly enhanced their reading skills by working cooperatively. Conclusions also highlight the notion that cooperative learning strengthens English reading skills and fosters leadership, decision making, communication and problem-solving abilities. Additionally it increases participation, motivation and goal achievement in Students language learning process.


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Author Biographies

Marian Lissett Olaya, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

holds a B.A in Foreign Languages from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. She also holds a M.A in English Language Teaching for Self-directed Learning from Universidad de La Sabana. She has been an English Language teacher for twelve in which she has gained a lot of experience teaching English for engineering programs. Her research experience is focused on how reflective teaching strategies fosters students’ language learning, atutonomy, self centered and cooperative learning. she is currently a language teacher at UPTC in the city of Sogamoso. 


Gladys Marta Elena González-González, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Foreign Languages teacher from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC), Specialized as an Educational Manager from the same University. She got her MA in Education with an emphasis on foreign languages teaching Didactics from Universidad Libre de Colombia. Highlighted experience working in the Foreign Languages teaching field has been a full time teacher at the International Languages Institute at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, where she has carried out some research projects about CLIL, Cooperative learning and intrinsic motivation.


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How to Cite
Olaya, M. L., & González-González, G. M. E. (2020). Cooperative Learning Projects to Foster Reading Skills. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, 21, 119-139.
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