Cooperative Teaching-Learning using the Fishbowl Technique for teaching reading

Rahmatun Nisa


This study was done to find out the effects of using cooperative learning with the Fishbowl technique with third year students from the English department at UIN-Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh. The main purpose of the study was to find out if students who were taught reading using the Fishbowl technique would achieve better performance in reading comprehension than those who were taught using the usual technique. Two classes were used as the sample from the target population, one class was the Experimental Group (EG) which got the Fishbowl technique treatment and the other class was the Control Group (CG) which got the standard treatment. The EG had 25 students and the CG had 30. The mean post test score from the EG was 76 while that from the CG was 63. The t-test showed that the EG result was significantly higher than that from the CG. Thus the EG students who were taught using the Fishbowl technique got better performances in reading than the CG who were taught by the usual technique. A questionnaire was distributed to the EG at the end of the treatment to find out the perceptions of the EG students towards the use of the Fishbowl technique in their reading class. The students’ responses reached the level of Strongly Agree which means that they responded positively to this cooperative model of teaching-learning. Thus, based on the findings, it is suggested to other researchers and teachers who have problems with teaching reading comprehension to their students to try to use this type of teaching-learning technique as it might help to overcome their problems.


Cooperative Learning; Fishbowl Technique; Reading Comprehension

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