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Classroom Dynamics

Classroom Dynamics

Format: Paperback

This very popular series gives teachers practical advice and guidance, together with resource ideas and materials for the classroom.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-437147-6

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Key features

  • Explores the problems teachers have managing groups, and suggests various strategies which can be used to lead groups more effectively.
  • Examines the characteristics of a successful group.
  • Provides over a hundred activities designed to foster a cohesive and supportive group atmosphere.
  • Provides activities suitable for classes of all levels of general or specialized English courses.

Contents

Note: A full contents list at the front of the book provides a complete list of the activities, the suggested level at which each activity can be used, and the approximate time required for each activity. The summary below aims to give a general idea of the book's organization.

The author and series editor
Foreword
Introduction
How to use this book

Section A: Forming the group


1 Breaking the ice:
Warm-up activities for the first week of term (7 activities)

2 Thinking about language:
Individual learning styles and group strategies (3 activities)

3 Thinking about groups:
Group strengths, individual contributions (3 activities)

Section B: Maintaining the group


4 Bridging gaps:
Opinion- and value-bridging activities (7 activities)

5 Maintaining fluidity:
Reseating and mêlée games (6 activities)

6 Getting to know each other:
Humanistic exercises and personalized grammar (6 activities)

7 I did it your way:
Empathy activities (5 activities)

8 A sense of belonging:
Whole group identity activities (6 activities)

9 Establishing trust:
Trust- and confidence-building activities (5 activities)

10 Staying positive:
Encouraging positive feelings (7 activities)

11 Group achievements;
Product-orientated activities (5 activities)

12 Bringing it together:
Pyramid discussions, feedback techniques, and summaries (7 activities)

13 That patriotic class feeling:
Inter-class activities and competitions (5 activities)

14 Ensuring participation (5 activities)

15 Learning to listen (5 activities)

16 A sense of direction:
Setting, assessing, and resetting goals (6 activities)

17 Coexistence and compromise:
Individual wants and frustrations; group solutions (5 activities)

18 Coping with crisis: some group problems

Section C: Ending the group experience


19 Ending with positive feelings (4 activities)

20 Evaluating the group experience (5 activities)

21 Finale

Language focus index
Further reading