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ERIC Number: ED230022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Using the Discussion Group Technique in the ESL Conversation Class.
Williams, Dick L.
The procedures outlined in this paper have been used in English as a second language (ESL) conversation classes at the University of Guam. The technique is based on the training-group model used in sensitivity training and the "buzz group" technique taught in communications courses. The procedure is found useful because it provides an economic use of classroom speaking time, it can be adapted to a variety of purposes, and it is easily adapted to use with students at any level of language development. With the teacher as facilitator and the climate permissive, the students are enabled to engage in solving the "problem." The process as it has been adapted involves the following steps: (1) presentation of necessary vocabulary, (2) review and/or presentation of grammatical structures likely to be needed, (3) presentation of the problem to be solved, (4) formation of the groups, (5) reaching of consensus through discussion, (6) presentation of results, and (7) final summary given by the teacher. Nine discussion group topics are outlined along with a listing of necessary vocabulary and other data. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A