ERIC Number: ED172572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Sensitising the Learner to Group Work: A Method. Practical Papers in English Language Education, Vol. 1.
Buckley, Peter; And Others
This paper describes the method adopted in a short course to improve group interaction in the foreign language classroom by giving students the opportunity to engage in group interaction and in this way sensitizing them to group dynamics. It provides the outline and rationale of the course, a detailed description of one unit, and evaluation comments. Each unit, lasting about two hours, has the following components: (1) problem-solving activity; (2) feedback on group interaction provided by an observer; (3) a language input session intended to remedy some of the communication problems; and (4) a section called "mass production" in which students put to use what they discussed in the feedback. Interactional analysis, teacher observation, and a discussion of the course by students were used to evaluate the course. (AMH)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses, Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Group Activities, Group Behavior, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Language Fluency, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Second Language Learning, Sensitivity Training, Skill Development, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England). Inst. for English Language Education.