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Group dynamics or group dynamite

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Group Dynamics, Teaching, Group Bonding, Psychology or Groups

Group Dynamics, Teaching, Group Bonding, Psychology or Groups

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  • 1. GROUP DYNAMICS OR GROUP DYNAMITE?by Marianna Desypri, BA, RSA DipTEFL
  • 2. Group dynamics?
  • 3. “My students don’t seem tounderstand what it means to behave in class!”
  • 4. “My students seem to be more interested in each other than inwhat goes on in the classroom, so their performance is poor.”
  • 5. “Success depends less on materials,techniques and linguistic analyses, and more on what goes on inside and between the people in the classroom.” Earl Stevick Teaching Languages: A Way and Ways, 1980
  • 6. Why groups?
  • 7. • Prehistoric man lived, learnt, gathered, invented, created, survived through working in groups• Group work is in our DNA• Man is a social animal• A group has more resources than any single one of its members• A group can support its members both materially and psychologically
  • 8. What constitutes a group?
  • 9. “It exists when two or more people define themselves as members of it and when its existence is recognised by at least one other.” R. Brown Group Processes: Dynamics Within and Between Groups, 2000.
  • 10. Initial feelings
  • 11. • General anxiety• Uncertainty about being accepted• Uncertainty about own competence• General lack of confidence• Inferiority• Restricted identity and freedom• Awkwardness• Anxiety about using L2• Anxiety about comprehending
  • 12. The importance of ‘acceptance’
  • 13. Promoting acceptance• Foster learning about each other• Proximity, contact, integration through activities• Cooperation among individuals• Rewarding experience• Extra-curricular activities• Joint hardship and common threat• Intergroup competition• Teacher role-modeling
  • 14. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES
  • 15. Promoting Good Behaviour• Learning names• Icebreakers and rhythm-changers• Moving around• Setting norms and rules• Effective facilitator• Student-roles!
  • 16. THANK YOU!