Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 10. Number 2. June 2019                                                     Pp. 151-164
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no2.13

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 The Effects of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures in Teaching Subject–Verb
Agreement among Rural Sarawak Learners
 

Chong Xin Txin
Faculty of Education
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Malaysia 

Melor Md Yunus
Department of Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Education
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Malaysia

 

Abstract:
Even after undertaking years of formal education to acquire the language in schools, having a poor command of English remains a problem faced by most Malaysians, especially students in rural schools of Sarawak. Based on the error-analysis carried out by recent research, subject–verb agreement (SVA) is one of the most frequent errors committed by students. To overcome this problem, teachers should significantly improve students’ mastery of SVA in the English language through effective teaching methods. Therefore, this research was conducted to explore the effects of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures in teaching SVA among rural Sarawak learners. In this study, 35 Form 4 students were selected from a secondary school in the Belaga District, Sarawak as the research participants. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were used as data collection tools. Overall, findings demonstrated that students showed positive feedback after the intervention was implemented. Results of this research will hopefully provide insights to secondary school students, teachers and the community in the cooperative teaching and learning of grammar.
Keywords: Kagan cooperative learning structures, subject-verb agreement, teaching English

Cite as: Chong, X. T., & Yunus, M. M.(2019) The Effects of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures in Teaching Subject–Verb Agreement among Rural Sarawak Learners. Arab World English Journal10 (2) 151-164.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no2.13

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Chong Xin Txin is a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia. She works as a secondary school English language teacher in Sarawak, Malaysia.
(ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1294-985X)