Researching Out-of-Class Activities for Group Work

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Raymond Yasuda, Soka University

With the spread of content-based and EAP programs either simulating western education or preparing students for study abroad, L2 group work has increased within Japan. The increase of such assignments has created a need to investigate L2 project work in the Japanese context. A qualitative investigation through observations, in-depth interviews, questionnaires, and analysis of course documents was conducted into the out-of-class group work in an English-medium EAP class. The objective of the study was to identify the challenges students faced in out-of-class project work, the autonomous strategies used to overcome those challenges, and the additional support deemed necessary. The findings could inform curriculum choices for programs designed to prepare students for academic success in study abroad contexts.