Questions discussed during the chat:
- Why should group work be used in the language classroom, in your view?
- Composition of groups – who and how?
- How can group work ‘go wrong’ and how can we avoid and address problems?
- How to monitor group work?
- Are there inter-personal (and/or intra-personal) reasons for group work beyond ‘practice’?
- When do you find group work most useful? Collaborative work? Brainstorming?
- How does group work relate to other stages of the language lesson?
- What are good practices for setting up a group activity and also for closing it?
Some additional reading:
- Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try
- Group Work in the English Language Curriculum: Sociocultural and Ecological Perspectives on Second Language Classroom Learning / by Phil Chappell (@TESOLatMQ)
- Group Work in the English Language Curriculum: Philip Chappell’s Facebook page on group work
- (*) The image above is from Phil Chappell’s talk on creativity at the University English Centres of Australia PD Fest in 2015. He showed this slide and discussed how it is a list of ideal conditions for group work that gets students into the creative flow. You can read more from his publication:
Chappell, P.J. (2016) ‘Creativity through Inquiry Dialogue ‘, in Richards, J.C. and Jones, R (eds) Creativity in Language Teaching: Perspectives from Research and Practice. pp. 130-145. London: Routledge.