Interactive Groups In The English Classroom

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Interactive Groups In The English Classroom

  1. 1. INTERACTIVE GROUPS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM Mª Goretti Blanch Llosa [email_address]
  2. 2. Communicative learning: <ul><li>Working in interactive groups is a learning strategy to cope with diversity having the same opportunities. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Diversity in the English classroom, inclusive model: <ul><li>Heterogeneous groups: </li></ul>Boys and girls, different levels and learning speed, different cultural origin. + instrumental learning + solidarity
  4. 4. Results: <ul><li>- ratio </li></ul><ul><li>+ motivation </li></ul><ul><li>+ interchange </li></ul><ul><li>+ reinforcement </li></ul><ul><li>+ individual monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>+ good classroom atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>+ expectations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Results: <ul><li>+ communicative skills </li></ul><ul><li>+ social skills (team work, initiative, self-esteem) </li></ul><ul><li>+ cooperation and solidarity </li></ul><ul><li>+ respect towards diversity </li></ul>
  6. 6. Interactive groups in the English classroom:
  7. 7. Interactive groups in the English classroom: <ul><li>Individual and group learning . </li></ul><ul><li>Students interaction . </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation : creativity and participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Time and space Flexibility . </li></ul><ul><li>Open classroom : teachers, family and volunteers. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning community involvement in the teaching and learning process. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Interactive groups in the English classroom: <ul><li>To encourage critical thinking , diversity respect : multiple speeches and opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>Student direct monitoring . </li></ul><ul><li>To optimize resources . </li></ul><ul><li>To increase learning through interactions . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Organization: <ul><li>4 groups </li></ul><ul><li>5/6 students </li></ul><ul><li>4 topics </li></ul><ul><li>2 one hour session </li></ul><ul><li>2 changes/activities per session </li></ul><ul><li>½ session time per activity </li></ul>
  10. 10. Organization: <ul><li>Interactive group 1: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: Classroom language domino game. </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To acquire classroom instructions. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Organization: <ul><li>Interactive group 2: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Crossword </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To review vocabulary and grammar. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Organization: <ul><li>Interactive group 3: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Activity book. Revision activities. </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To review unit contents. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Organization: <ul><li>Interactive group 4: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Activity book. Revision activities. </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To review unit contents. </li></ul>
  14. 14. More examples of classroom organization: <ul><li>Domino game: </li></ul>
  15. 15. More examples of classroom organization: <ul><li>Worksheet: </li></ul>
  16. 16. More examples of classroom organization: <ul><li>Speaking activity: </li></ul>
  17. 17. Assessment: <ul><li>The teacher completes a chart every session. </li></ul><ul><li>The volunteer or group tutor completes a chart every session. </li></ul><ul><li>The group work (students) completes a booklet every session. </li></ul>
  18. 18. English teacher’s work: <ul><li>To prepare the activities and the materials for every group work. </li></ul><ul><li>To distribute students in groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Timing. </li></ul><ul><li>To help volunteers and students when necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>To follow up group and individual work. </li></ul><ul><li>To assess children. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Volunteers’ work: <ul><li>To explain activities. </li></ul><ul><li>To help students while working. </li></ul><ul><li>To help students to work cooperatively. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote self-esteem. </li></ul><ul><li>To help the teacher with the individual and group assessment. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Our volunteers or group tutors: <ul><li>English teachers (we are 3 English teachers working in the CEIP Amistat). </li></ul><ul><li>Parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary school students. </li></ul><ul><li>Special needs helper. </li></ul><ul><li>Native speakers. </li></ul><ul><li>EOI students. </li></ul><ul><li>University students. </li></ul>

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