Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 10. Number 4 December 2019                                          Pp. 374-386
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no4.27

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 English Majors’ Perceptions of Group Work and English Use in Group Activities
at Dong Thap University 

Do Minh Hung
Foreign Languages Faculty, Dong Thap University, Cao Lanh City, Vietnam

Le Nhut Long
Foreign Languages Faculty, Dong Thap University, Cao Lanh City, Vietnam

 

 

Abstract
Pair/group work is now widely applied in virtually all types of classroom, and it is one of the prominent features of the learner-centered approach and the communicative method in English as a foreign language (EFL) classes. This study aimed to investigate three core questions (1) What do English majors at Dong Thap University perceive of group work? (2) How much do they use English in group work engagement? (3) What do they think about the given suggestions for English speaking deployment in group work? The data were collected via a questionnaire from 150 third/fourth-year English majors, Dong Thap University, Vietnam, and interviews with ten target students who had answered the questionnaire and agreed to partake in the interview. The obtained results show that most students highly appreciated the significant role of group activities and English use in group work. They also confirmed that Vietnamese speaking is still dominant in practice, and mostly agreed on several given suggestions to maximize generic benefits and other language learning merits produced by group work. Accordingly, the current study strongly advocates English use as much as possible in group activities performed by English majors.
Keywords: English majors’ perceptions, English use, group work  

Cite as:  Do, M. H., & Le, N. L. (2019). English Majors’ Perceptions of Group Work and English Use in Group Activities at Dong Thap University Arab World English Journal10 (4) 374- 386.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no4.27

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Dr. Do Minh Hung has been teaching English at Dong Thap University, Cao Lanh City, Dong
Thap Province, Vietnam, for more than 20 years. He holds a doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics
and has published several journal articles in the areas of English instruction and EnglishVietnamese translation. ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9140-8404