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A Comparison of the Implementation of a Cooperative Learning Project for Students Using English as an Additional Language at Technikon Natal, and the Business Studies Unit, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


Nicole Joy Sanders

Lecturer and Administrator, National Certificate in Commerce, Technikon Natal, South Africa


The context for this paper is a cooperative learning project in two business communication skills courses: one in the National Certificate in Commerce (NCC) Technikon Natal Pietermaritzburg (TNP; the other in the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at the Business Studies Unit (BSU) Pietermaritzburg. These students have been educationally disadvantaged and alienated from the Secondary Discourse of Tertiary Learning in the medium of English, however NCC students are primarily full time and school leavers (about 18 years) whereas the BBA students are employed and studying part time (ranging from early 20s up).

The second cycle of this project was reported on at the 1999 Learning conference. This third cycle of action research is informed by workplace discourse, alternative assessment practices, multiliteracies and critical literacy. It incorporates textual scaffolding, peer-mediation, code-switching, psycho-social and academic development. Reflections on three cycles anticipate issues for future use of the materials (& study guide) to better facilitate the acquisition of business discourse.

  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000