n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Group work as a creative learning process : an example from a French classroom

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This article reports on a part of a larger research project which investigates the implications on French teaching and learning of South Africa's new national curriculum. The investigation involves observing current practice in the French classroom with a view to assessing whether teaching strategies need to be modified in order to conform with the outcomes-based principles of the curriculum. Research to date has shown that the most commonly used teaching technique - after the direct instruction method - is group work. However, group work is often used merely as a token gesture to the principles of the new curriculum. In this article I will describe a class in which this particular method of pedagogy is used to its full creative potential and I hope to show that as such, group work constitutes a creative learning process consistent with the participatory, experiential principles of the curriculum and represents good foreign language teaching and learning.

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