Using Team-Based Learning in Teaching English to EFL Undergraduate Students A Pilot Study Evaluation

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Najat O. Kareem


Team Based Learning (TBL) is a method that has been introduced to provide students with both conceptual and procedural knowledge to foster critical and creative thinking skills while students work in high functioning teams. The study throws some light on the TBL approach in general and the researcher's pilot- experiment on using the TBL in teaching English to EFL (English as a Foreign Language) undergraduate students. The main aim of this pilot experiment is to assess the TBL's effects on student engagement, accountability, and satisfaction and to identify the problems faced in applying it and then, in the light of the findings, to propose suggestions about how to use the approach effectively.  Forty (40) second-year undergraduate students of the Department of English/ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Koya University were involved in this experiment and its evaluation. These students were taught through student learning teams for two successive academic years (2017-2018 & 2018-2019) in the subject of English Reading Comprehension. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected from the students about their TBL experience using questionnaires. The results of the evaluation revealed that the vast majority of the students preferred TBL to the traditional individual learning and that the TBL has more positive effects on the students' engagement in class activities and assignments. The findings also indicate that despite the positive effects and the students' satisfaction with the approach, there are problems and obstacles on the way of its application in the classroom, but that with the proper use of the approach most of these problems can be overcome. What is important about this evaluation is that it is student-centered as it shows the real opinions of the students who lived the experience.


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Kareem, N. O. (2021) “Using Team-Based Learning in Teaching English to EFL Undergraduate Students: A Pilot Study Evaluation”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1), pp. 91-103. doi: 10.14500/kujhss.v4n1y2021.pp91-103.
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Najat O. Kareem, Department of English Language, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Koya University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Najat is an assistant instructor of English language in the Department of English and Translation. She has also become in charge of the translation unit at Koya University since the academic year 2014-2015. She joined Koya University in 2004 and worked as an assistant researcher and later as chief translator at the College of Translation. She joined MA at Koya University in 2006 and got the title of assistant instructor in 2009. Before that she worked with humanitarian organizations (Save the Children UK and UNOCHI) from 1995 to 2003. She gained a BA degree in English language from College of Arts/ University of Baghdad in 1980 and started working as a secondary school teacher from 1981 to 2005. Najat has participated in different training courses in English language teaching, and computer. The last one was an ICDL course in Jordon.


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