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Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms
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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.
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Succinct statements from the students' mouths. Lots of interaction to foster engagement demanded!

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Does Group Work ... Work?

Does Group Work ... Work? | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Teachers may have students sitting in cooperative groups but those students spend most of their time doing individual work. Does group work...work?
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A timely reminder that just because students are seated in groups they're not necessarily doing group work.

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Questioning Techniques to Engage Students in Critical Thinking

Questioning Techniques to Engage Students in Critical Thinking | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
One of the most challenging tasks for language teachers when working with English language learners is to engage students in critical thinking and encourage them to ask questions that go beyond factual information.
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This is a good short summary of the basis for using questions to promote thinking, BUT in my experience we need to go further than just saying to "use who what why" questions to looking at how the questions are used in stretches of classroom discourse. Teachers need to manage the discourse of the classroom and it's much more than single interrogatives, or worse, rapid-fire interrogatives.

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Rethinking Pedagogical Practice and Educational Media Development - 2009 NMC Summer Conference Proceedings

Rethinking Pedagogical Practice and Educational Media Development - 2009 NMC Summer Conference Proceedings | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
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Media Wheel: student learning experience in the centre, core learning activities arranged by media type surround core. Interesting way to think about interaction.

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Learning with 'e's: Mobile learning and blended interaction

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Some interesting thoughts on expanding the notion of interaction using mobile devices.
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Arranging Classroom Furniture: An Unobtrusive Glimpse into How ...

Arranging Classroom Furniture: An Unobtrusive Glimpse into How ... | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
The third photo is of an elementary classroom that is chock-full of materials and children working on different activities with adults sitting on the rug and chair working with individual pupils. And the final photo is one of ...
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Video: Teaching/Learning, ZPD, Scaffolding

This video gives an overview of scaffolding in teaching reading.
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Instructive video on the teaching/learning dialectic, zone of proximal development and scaffolding. Also references an excellent schematic for scaffolding in the ZPD for reading instruction https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2228975/%7EClips/Scaffolding_Reading.pdf

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The Teaching-Learning Synergy

The Teaching-Learning Synergy | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
This weekend I saw a diagram with visual representations of teacher-centered instruction juxtaposed to graphics illustrating learner-centered approaches. I heard myself telling someone that I used to think of them as separate, and I still see value in understanding the differences between them. But thinking about them dichotomously is not how I think about them now—thanks to a re-read of some of Parker Palmer’s work and a great article written for the newsletter by colleagues Ricky Cox and Dave Yearwood (January, 2013).
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A short piece on avoiding the dichotomy of teaching or learning centredness. I like the third paragraph for the implicit acknowledgement of the teacher as mediator of learning, and the fourth paragraph which acknowledges learner agency. Weimer doesn't go far enough in my opinion in talking about WHEN potentially effective mediation and peer collaboration can take place, i.e when learners are ready for it. Vygotsky's zone of proximal development is instructive here. I prefer to call this a Teaching and Learning Centred Approach, acknowledging that teaching and learning should be viewed as one complex process.

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Simple Ways to Increase Student Talk in Your Classroom

Simple Ways to Increase Student Talk in Your Classroom | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
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Practical advice, making use of some recent research into classroom talk. 

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Verbal Praise in the Classroom: An Exploratory Research Study

Verbal Praise in the Classroom: An Exploratory Research Study

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 An interesting study highlighting forms of praise and the phenomenon of over-praising, or what Alexander calls phatic praise - habitual, bland, all-purpose praise.

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Education – Towards Dialogue: A Linguistic Ethnographic Study of Classroom Interaction and Change | Faculti

Education – Towards Dialogue: A Linguistic Ethnographic Study of Classroom Interaction and Change | Faculti | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Dr. Julia Snell, Kings College, London
Towards Dialogue: A Linguistic Ethnographic Study of Classroom Interaction and Change
(ESRC RES-061-25-0363)
Lefstein, A. & J. Snell (forthcoming in 2013)
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Video report on this project by Julie Snell. Data collected from 75 lessons; one of the main findings was successful attempt to import Discourse Genres from outside the classroom; resulted in extended student interactions; students interacting with each other; "non-pupil like interactional privileges"; sometimes led to narrowing of learning opportunities through distraction though; shifts in power relations; teachers have to plan carefully the talk that they want to occur. Dialogic teaching is multidimensional; one important dimension is the content of the talk rather than the form of the talk. Balancing content and social relations is key. Lots of other factors impact on classroom talk. Dialogic teaching raises tensions and dilemmas for teachers and students. Great 13 minute summary of an important study! Loads of relevance for ELT.

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Portraits of inspiring English teachers in China and Indonesia

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Very interesting to read of the different classroom dynamics due to social and political differences, as well as impact of curriculum reforms.

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On the contingent nature of language learning tasks

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Using methods from conversation analysis, this paper explores ways that teacher‐designed language‐learning task interactions can vary in their performance due to the nature of face‐to‐face interaction.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:29 AM

Micro-analysis of group interactions showing influence of learner enactment of teacher-designed tasks.  Includes an example of task abandonment. [Free access to full text]

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Redesign Your Classroom to enhance interaction and learning

Redesign Your Classroom to enhance interaction and learning | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
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Are You Sure You Don’t Have Any Questions? Dialogic Teaching As A Way To Promote Students’ Questions

Are You Sure You Don’t Have Any Questions? Dialogic Teaching As A Way To Promote Students’ Questions

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A nice short paper on promoting dialogic teaching in the EFL classroom: here, a classroom in Syria. Some of the data analysis could be re-interpreted in other ways, but the dialogic spirit is there!

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Second Language Teacher Contributions to Student Classroom ...

Second Language Teacher Contributions to Student Classroom ... | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Studies into Asian student classroom participation patterns in the second language classroom have been pervasive in various contexts. According to .... I always actively speaking and giving idea in group discussion.
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A study on teacher talk and student participation from the students' perspectives. Indonesian context. 

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My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation

My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
"Students’ reliance on screens for communication is detracting—and distracting—from their engagement in real-time talk." (My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation - The Atlantic http://t.co/JTDj4voTdx...
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If this is true in general, what issue does it present for ELL's? And what does it say about using devices in class as learning tools, and as accessories? Hmm.

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Healing Classrooms (5.1) - Effective Group Work - YouTube

Healing Classrooms Video 5.1 demonstrates how to use prepared, organized and purposeful group work with clear roles and responsibilities for each group membe...
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Short, sharp and succinct. Great for new teachers.
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Dynamic assessment in the interactive second language classroom

I've been interested in the topic of dynamic assessment (DA) for some time, and at the same time have been curious as to why it hasn't had much attention in the TESOL literature, apart from perhaps...
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Dialogic Pedagogy - Better than Best Practice - Developing Teaching and Learning through Dialogue - Dialogic Pedagogy

Dialogic Pedagogy - Better than Best Practice - Developing Teaching and Learning through Dialogue - Dialogic Pedagogy | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Please take a look around to learn more about the book and our thinking about teaching practice, dialogic pedagogy and teacher professional learning.
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This book and the website look like very good resources for teachers interested in the nitty gritty of the classroom and the talk that makes or breaks learning.

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blabloo's curator insight, February 21, 3:42 AM

Looks very interesting!

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Promoting Structured Classroom Discussion | Class Teaching

Promoting Structured Classroom Discussion | Class Teaching | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
The 15 Minute Forum tonight was led by Andy Tharby. Andy was sharing a technique that he uses a great deal to promote a structured classroom dialogue and discussion. It involves students thinking about and then justifying ...
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Some very good, practical ideas here for supporting and mediating discussions in class. Lots can be applied to the language classroom.

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MultiBrief: Grouping students: Heterogeneous, homogeneous and random structures

MultiBrief: Grouping students: Heterogeneous, homogeneous and random structures | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
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Asking Better Questions: 6 Ways to Improve Classroom Discussions

Asking Better Questions: 6 Ways to Improve Classroom Discussions | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Although many of us don’t realize it until we step foot into our own classrooms, we quickly learn that facilitating a lively, but controlled, classroom discussion is truly an art form. While most…

Via Adrian Bertolini
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Short article on question types vis-a-vis the kinds of responses they'll encourage. 

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, December 23, 2013 4:11 PM

The question is ... do you think deeply about the questions you ask? Are you out to fulfill an intention or jsut get an answer? Do you wait for another answer ... even if they have got it 'right'?

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Nice little piece with concrete examples of the kinds of questions teachers can ask to promote different types of reflection and analysis from learners.

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S²TEM Centers SC - Monitoring Conversation Skills in the Classroom

S²TEM Centers SC - Monitoring Conversation Skills in the Classroom | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
A recent Edutopia blog post offered several suggestions for teaching students HOW to have conversations in the classroom around content. The list of t...
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A short article "provides a structure for student self- and peer-assessment of the dialogue happening in pairs and small groups in the classroom."

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Issues identified by JJ Gibson as critical for ecological psychology. All applicable to the L2 classroom.

Issues identified by JJ Gibson as critical for ecological psychology. All applicable to the L2 classroom. | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it

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Some of my notes as I make sense of an ecological approach to teaching and learning language in classroom settings.

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