ERIC Number: ED280262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Small Group Work in the ESL/EFL Classroom: Theoretical Basis and Some Suggestions for Practical Application.
In English as a second language/English as a foreign language classrooms where teacher-fronted instruction is still the norm, small group work tends to be avoided because conversational activities among nonnative speakers are generally thought to be of little use. The validity of small-group work among nonnative speakers is defended with both pedagogical claims and recent second language acquisition theories and research findings obtained inside and outside the classroom. In addition, variables that affect successful small group performance are discussed in these contexts: (1) the role of the teacher, (2) the role of the leaders, (3) the formation of groups, and (4) the sex composition of groups. Also, an ideal organization of small group work is suggested. Finally, the ways in which currently available techniques can be incorporated into the traditional classroom are demonstrated. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Techniques, Educational Theories, English (Second Language), Feedback, Females, Group Dynamics, Group Membership, Learning Theories, Males, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Small Group Instruction, Student Role, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Part of a master's thesis, Michigan State University.