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Class size reduction in the second language classroom


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Author: García Bayonas, Mariche
Gottschall, Holli
Date: 2008
Published in: ELIA, 8, 181-203
Document type: Article
Abstract: In this study, class size reduction (CSR) was implemented in six sections of second semester, university level Spanish classes in which the enrollment cap was lowered from 27 to 20 students. The methodology for the study included a student opinion questionnaire, classroom observations, and student course grades. The study aimed at finding the effect of CSR on student participation, motivation, passing rates and dropout rates. Results showed that students in smaller classes have a higher number of As and Bs whereas students in larger classes have a higher number of Cs and Ds. Observations revealed that students in smaller classes participate twice as much as students in larger classes. Students’ self-reported motivation was higher in classes where CSR was implemented. En este estudio la reducción del tamaño de la clase se implementó en seis secciones del segundo semestre universitario de clases de español en las cuales el número máximo de alumnos por clase se redujo de 27 a 20. La metodología empleada incluyó un ...
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