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Small-Group Instruction With Storia | Scholastic.com

Small-Group Instruction With Storia | Scholastic.com | Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms | Scoop.it
Suggestions for using the Storia eReading App with small groups, in guided reading, and with book clubs (RT @Storia_eBooks: Small reading group instruction with #StoriaeBooks is one of the most effective ways to impact student learning:
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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, 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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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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Teacher Clem's curator insight, March 4, 9:41 AM

Does the group work as a group ? This article gives really good food for thought : when designing group-work activities, how can we make sure that all pupils are not only going to sit together but work together as well ? How can we make sure the weakest pupils/the least motivated are not going to wait for the best ones to do the job ? How to make a group-work 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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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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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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Engaging English Language Learners in Academic Conversations

In this new series, created in partnership with Oakland Unified School District, we visit three classrooms where ELLs are engaged in academic conversations.
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In this new series, created in partnership with Oakland Unified School District, we delve into three classrooms where English Language Learners (ELLs) are engaged in academic conversations. From talk moves to participation protocols, these teachers share clear structures that encourage students to talk and learn from each other.

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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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