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Sustaining interaction through group work

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What is the impact of strategies-based instructions on teaching English as a foreing language? Before we need to know how to sustain interaction though group work some of the techniques that we can use in the classroom.
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3 Videos on the Importance of Empathy

3 Videos on the Importance of Empathy | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it

Some nice videos When you're having a tough day, the support of friends and colleagues is essential.

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Some nice videos on understanding empathy. Empathy is similar to intersubjectivity - when "she knows that I know that she knows". Intersubjectivity and empathy are essential for maximising classroom interaction that supports learning.

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Speaking More English Outside of Class: Meetup.com

Speaking More English Outside of Class: Meetup.com | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
If you teach English in an English-speaking country, how often have you asked your students to tell you who they practice their English with, only to discover that many of your students have virtually no English-speaking friends, and typically...
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Doesn't it sound great to have the opportunity to speak  and be more exposed to English outside the classroom,?

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Rupert Wegerif on 'Dialogic Space' and 'Infinite Other'

In a talk given at the Virtual Tech de Monterrey Rupert Wegerif explains what he means by 'dialogic space' and 'Infinite Other', key concepts for a dialogic ...
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This is a very clear summary of Wegerif's contemporary ideas on dialogism. For a fuller account, see his book: Dialogic: Education for the Internet Age.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
How can a classroom be set up to maximize learning? Get inspired by this video playlist with tips and ideas for teachers to make over their classrooms.
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A good set of short videos on optimising classroom layout for interaction. Not directly for language classes, but plenty of good ideas to run with.

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Supporting ELLs in PBL Projects

Supporting ELLs in PBL Projects | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
PBL is valuable for ELLs when it teaches academic vocabulary, encourages collaboration, scaffolds structure and function, allows assessment and differentiation, and leverages their native language.
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This is a good, brief article advising on dealing with English language learners in mainstream classes. It's the language support that's vital. It actually is a good list for ELT's teaching beginner and elementary language classes, too.

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Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse (Edinburgh Textbooks in Tesol Eup): Amazon.co.uk: Olcay Sert: 9780748692644: Books

Buy Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse (Edinburgh Textbooks in Tesol Eup) by Olcay Sert (ISBN: 9780748692644) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.
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Learning English happens best when conversation part of curriculum

Learning English happens best when conversation part of curriculum | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
A new teaching model using small groups significantly improves how well English-language learners increase vocabulary and reading comprehension, according to a pioneering new study by researchers at the University of Georgia.
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There are no surprises here, and it just goes to show how TESOL and Applied Linguistics lead the way in some areas of language pedagogy. The researcher mentioned (Portes) is behind a research group investigating instructional conversation. https://sites.google.com/site/instructionalconversation/home

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Sophia Khan on Twitter

Sophia Khan on Twitter | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Next #AusELT chat is on '#groupwork' - Thurs 30th April at 8.30pm Sydney time. Pre-chat food for thought here: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/students-riding-coattails-group-work-five-simple-ideas-try/
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Great way to talk group work with other teachers tonight

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Making group work equal Archives - Youcubed at Stanford University

Making group work equal Archives - Youcubed at Stanford University | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Group work is critical to students’ mathematics learning, as students need to talk about math in order to reason and justify, two practices at the core of the discipline that are also central to the Common Core .
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This teacher/researcher introduces "complex instruction" for maths teaching, including roles for small group work and techniques for supporting individual students in groups. A lot of this is transferable to the ELT/TESOL classroom.

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Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try

Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
The idea for sharing this post came from a session I recently conducted at the annual teaching conference organized by my university.

Via Darren Burris, Mel Riddile
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Good, practical ideas fr maximising group productivity

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Sophia Khan's curator insight, January 20, 2015 8:02 PM

Very useful and immediately practicable. It doesn't take much to scaffold group work a bit and makes such a huge difference to productive, effective work for both students and teachers.

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Interaction in the Second Language Curriculum

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Group Work in the English Language Curriculum: Sociocultural and Ecological Perspectives on Second Language Classroom Learning 

 

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Theoretical framework for later chapters of the book: Group Work in the English Language Curriculum: Sociocultural and Ecological Perspectives on Second Language Classroom Learning

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Teaching the Talk, Not the Text

Teaching the Talk, Not the Text | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Access to this resource has been provided by the National Council of Teachers of English, an NCLE Stakeholder Organization.
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This is a wonderful study with practical outcomes and applications for second language teaching. It would be especially useful for academic-oriented language courses, though for general English, it is also suitable (see my article here for an example http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/1.full.html?etoc  and chapter 4 of my book for more http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/group-work-in-the-english-language-curriculum-philip-chappell/?k=9781137008770 

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Teacher's action zone in facilitating group dynamics (in the language classroom)

Teacher's action zone in facilitating group dynamics (in the language classroom)

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The author writes: Classroom management is one of many aspects of teaching practice that the teacher should deal with. Successful teachers are able to focus students’ efforts towards common goals and encourage group members to work as a team. However, in order to become an effective facilitator and leader, the teacher needs to be aware of different styles of group leadership. Because of that, leadership training for teachers should encompass not only the various functions but also features of different leadership styles. A group-conscious “teacher-facilitator” relies on the group’s own resources and in that way s/he promotes autonomous learning among the learners. In other words, becoming more aware of what effective leadership is, the teacher can lead the group in a more effective way. 

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Concepts for Teaching Speaking in the English Language Classroom | Burns | LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network

Concepts for Teaching Speaking in the English Language Classroom
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Abstract Systematically and explicitly addressing the teaching of speaking is an aspect of English language teaching that is often underestimated. While teachers may be presenting various speaking activities in the classroom, such activities may amount to ‘doing speaking’ rather than ‘teaching speaking’. In this article, I argue that being a competent teacher of speaking involves understanding the ‘combinatorial’ nature of speaking, which includes the linguistic and discoursal features of speech, the core speaking skills that enable speakers to process and produce speech, and the communication strategies for managing and maintaining spoken interactions. The article concludes by presenting a ‘teaching-speaking cycle’ (Goh and Burns, 2012) that teachers can use to plan tasks and activities that explicitly address these aspects of speaking and that scaffold student learning
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Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, February 5, 8:34 AM

An insightful article on how teaching speaking should be planned to help learners become more aware and autonomous in dealing with an speaking task inside the classroom or once outside in the real world.

 

Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 8, 7:42 AM

Burns says not do "do" speaking but "teach" speaking, and provides reasons and examples

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Interaction in Classroom

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Some "simple" techniques for motivating young learners to interact more in English in the classroom in a context where they rarely use English. Worth a look!

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Review book: Group Work in the English Language Curriculum

Review book: Group Work in the English Language Curriculum | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Sociocultural and Ecological Perspectives on Second Language Classroom Learning
PHILIP CHAPPELL
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
REVIEWED BY LE VAN CANH


      Since the advent of the Communicative Approach to Language Teaching, group work has always been recommended as a fundamental
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A review of my book. Some insightful comments from Le Van Canh.

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10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

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10 Dos and Don'ts For Group Work & Student Grouping
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A practical list of considerations for the mainstream classroom that can be tweaked for the language classroom. This would be a good one to share with teachers in training and ask them to critique the list and think about what could be and should be added or deleted.

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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work! | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

Via Gust MEES, Moses Frely
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:40 AM

Without forgetting the relational nature of learning and teaching. Is it accountability or responsibility? Or is it a combining both? Judith Butler speaks about giving an account of one's self which is the way we respond and are responsible for learning.

 

 

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ma. isabel olguín vega's curator insight, September 30, 2014 6:37 PM

grupo de trabajo productivo en el aula  @barbirimoo

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International Perspectives on ELT Classroom Interaction

International Perspectives on ELT Classroom Interaction | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
The last few decades have seen an increase in interest in classroom interaction, and this has coincided with the global spread of ELT.
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This books looks very good and has a range of international contexts included in it.

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Collaborative writing: product, process, and students' reflection

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The Opportunities For Empathy In The Classroom

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The Opportunities For Empathy In The Classroom

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Empathy is crucial for the interactive language classroom. It is the basis for intersubjectivity - the space where teachers can have a substantial impact on learners' learning.

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Group Work Student Role Bands - The Organized Classroom Blog

Group Work Student Role Bands - The Organized Classroom Blog | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Hey teaching friends! I don't know about you, but when I first started to learn about cooperative learning and group projects, I was pumped at the possibilities and learning that could happen! So I went to school the next day so ...
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Another practical way to encourage more group accountability and individual engagement during group work. Personally, I'd change them to role cards for adult learners who may not care for colourful arm bands.

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Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Speaking Volumes

Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Speaking Volumes | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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This is an excellent article on quality and quantity of classroom talk that promotes thinking and learning. Nicely written with some good, practical guidelines for teachers. Applicable to L2 contexts.

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Group Work in the English Language Curriculum

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This is a page for the book Group Work in the English Language Curriculum: Sociocultural and...
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A Facebook page for my new book.

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The role of group dynamics in foreign language learning and teaching Zoltan Dornyei and Angi Malderez

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Some great questions here:

 

What does, in fact, go on between people in a classroom?

- How does this affect the learning process?

- Will an understanding of the 'between people' factors provide clues

to why some of our groups are easy and comfortable to work with

and others more difficult?

- What can we, as teachers, do to influence positively what goes on

between people in a classroom?

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