Public School Students’ Performance in an EFL Cooperative Work Environment

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John Jairo Viáfara González
María Eugenia López Hurtado


For two years we worked with public school teachers in the PROFILE program at Universidad Nacional de Colombia to support them in developing their theoretical and practical knowledge to implement cooperative learning methodologies. Their opinions, which were gathered by means of interviews, reports and surveys as they participated in this teacher development program, have been the sources for this study. The data collected informed us how these EFL educators perceived their students’ performances and attitudes towards cooperative experiences in public schools. Our findings report how students grew at a personal and group level and how they undertook their learning of English by means of this methodology.

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Viáfara González, J. J., & López Hurtado, M. E. (2007). Public School Students’ Performance in an EFL Cooperative Work Environment. HOW Journal, 14(1), 89-112. Retrieved from
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John Jairo Viáfara González, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja

John Jairo Viáfara González holds a B.Ed. in Education (English) from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Currently he is an assistant professor at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC). His fields of interest include pre and in-service teacher education, English language teaching methodology and educational research.

María Eugenia López Hurtado, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá

María Eugenia López Hurtado holds a B.Ed. in Education (English and Spanish) from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. She is a specialist in Educational Multimedia from Universidad Antonio Nariño. She has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English as A Foreign Language from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Currently she teaches English as a foreign language at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Nacional and Universidad de La Salle. Her fields of interest include e-learning, portfolio design, cooperative learning, hypertext design, English language teaching methodology and educational research.


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