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This is a small group discussion activity for students to talk about types of interaction and norms for communication in academic environments.

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interaction discussion

  1. 1. TYPES OF INTERACTION IN THE UNIVERSITY A Discussion Exercise for Groups in the Academic Speaking Class
  2. 2.  Is listening a type of interaction?  What should you do while the professor is talking?  What should you do when other students are talking? LISTENING
  3. 3. Have you ever participated in an online class discussion? Do you use Blackboard (or Harvey) to check your assignments? Have you ever used your computer to organize a study group? ONLINE CHAT / GROUP DISCUSSIONS
  4. 4.  Do you get a better grade if you speak more in class?  When should you raise your hand before you speak, and when can you speak without raising your hand?  Are you ever afraid to answer the teacher when you are in class? What can you do to overcome this? VOLUNTEERING ANSWERS IN CLASS
  5. 5.  Does your culture allow you to compare answers with a partner before turning in work?  Why would professors ask students to work together in class? WORKING IN PAIRS
  6. 6.  Why are group discussions important in learning?  Are you comfortable in group discussions?  What roles can students play in a group discussion?  Which GROUP DISCUSSIONS role do you prefer?
  7. 7.  How do you feel about group projects?  How do you divide up the work?  What can be done about students who do all the work, and students who do none? GROUP PROJECTS
  8. 8.  Why is debate important in education?  Do you debate ideas in classrooms in your country? If so, how are the debates held?  Which classes might ask you do argue your opinion? ARGUING  Which is easier: defending your ideas in writing, or in speech? Why?
  9. 9.  In your culture, is texting a good way to communicate with a professor?  Have you ever sent a text message during class? How did your teachers respond to cell phones in the classroom? TEXTING
  10. 10. When can you call your professor? Is telephoning someone still a good way to communicate? USING THE PHONE
  11. 11. When you email a professor, which of the following are important?  Using correct spelling and punctuation  Using long sentences  Writing  Using capital letters  Writing EMAIL long paragraphs a descriptive subject line  Demanding an answer right away
  12. 12. Where do professors usually post announcements in your home country? Where do you look for information about a class? If there is a big snowstorm and school is cancelled, how will you find out? ANNOUNCEMENTS
  13. 13.  Why do professors ask students to make formal presentations?  Why are presentation skills useful? PRESENTATIONS
  14. 14.  If an assignment is due, and you haven’t finished it, what should you do?  If you know you are going to be absent, what should you do? MAKING EXCUSES