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Value in Small Groups

Value in Small Groups | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Do you take advantage of cooperative learning? As a middle school teacher, I've learned that small groups and pairs both offer so much!
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: What's Your Classroom Inviting Students to Do? 4 Configurations to Consider.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: What's Your Classroom Inviting Students to Do? 4 Configurations to Consider. | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
When I was pursuing my Masters degree in education back in the 90s, we spent time figuring out how to best set up a classroom. Traditional rows were out. Pods of four were in.
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How you arrange the seating in your language classroom at the beginning of a lesson can have a big impact the level of interactivity during that lesson.
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The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions

The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions
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Some great resources here.
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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
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A good list of practical strategies to support discussion in the classroom. Appropriate for the TESOL class too.
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2 - A theory of teaching as assisted performance - University Publishing Online

2 - A theory of teaching as assisted performance - University Publishing Online | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
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This was a highly influential book for me and I recommend all teachers read it at least twice in their careers.
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How I'll Engage My Students as Learners: Six Ways to Make Connections

How I'll Engage My Students as Learners: Six Ways to Make Connections | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it

I believe that every person is unique and every child can learn, but I recognize that students learn best when engaged — where expectations are appropriately challenging within an environment that is both safe and that...

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I love the author's question that prompted this blog post. "What learning environment will I provide so that my students can’t wait ’til the next class?" That's a question for every teacher!

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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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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.

 

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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

10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
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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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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Evidence Based EFL: Try this it works! Error correction for speaking

Evidence Based EFL: Try this it works! Error correction for speaking | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
I first met Chris Smith at IATEFL 2014. I was drawn, like a moth to a flame, to his talk entitled "error correction for speaking: An evidence based approach" (write up here) How could I resist?
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This is a good blog post and the implications for the classroom are that teachers need to be working with learners' spoken language, intervening at need (the idea of contingency management from the scaffolding literature). Error corrections are an important part of the language learning and teaching mix.
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Understanding and Encouraging Willingness to Communicate in the Language Classroom #1

Understanding and Encouraging Willingness to Communicate in the Language Classroom #1 | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
In the first in a new, short series of posts, Prof. Hayo Reinders explores the concept of 'Willingness to Communicate'. Producing the target language is an important factor contributing to success in language acquisition (Swain and Lapkin 1995). Many language teachers around the world, however, have experienced the challenges of encouraging learners to produce the [...]
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20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking
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Good practical suggestions for organising the classroom to promote interaction and thinking.
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Integrating Group Work into Lesson and Unit Plans

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A few people have asked me recently about Chapter 8, so I thought I'd make it available here for those interested in integrating group work into the curriculum.
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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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Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, December 3, 2015 12:29 PM

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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