||The purpose of this communication is to situate cooperative language learning and teaching in the sphere of foreign language education, specially of the Italian as second language to students of a Management School. The concepts of collaborative or cooperative learning have emerged in the last fifteen years, incorporating principles of learner-centrededness into programs. With regard to this point, the aim is to motivate the students of technical schools or colleges to learn the L2 for their future jobs. One of the basic teaching techniques associated with cognitive theory is based on activities related to the learners' subject specialization. Yet, this is not enough to motivate young students to improve the four traditional skills in the target language. So, in the classroom of a foreign language for specific purposes, teacher can link the various methodological approaches with cooperative learning in small groups, to increase the awareness about learning, and about language, and to implement an integrative motivation. The collaborative efforts to work together in the classroom, with the students organized in structured teams, involve and encourage to develop metacommunicative as well as communicative skills.
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||Quaderns d'Italia, N. 3 (1998) , p. 135-147, ISSN 1135-9730