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Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom : Cambridge Language Teaching Library - Zoltan Dornyei

Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom

Cambridge Language Teaching Library

Paperback Published: 16th October 2003
ISBN: 9780521529716
Number Of Pages: 191

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The study of 'group dynamics' is a vibrant academic field, overlapping diverse disciplines.

It is also highly relevant to language education because the success of classroom learning is very much dependent on how students relate to each other, what the classroom climate is like, what roles the teacher and the learners play and, more generally, how well students can co-operate and communicate with each other.

This innovative book addresses these issues and offers practical advice on how to manage language learner groups in a way that they develop into cohesive and productive teams.

Preface: How we came to write this bookp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Invitation to participatep. 1
What is group dynamics and why is it important for language teachers?p. 3
Why is 'group dynamics' such an unknown concept in L2 studies and where can we find more information?p. 5
What will you learn in this book and how will it help your teaching?p. 8
The importance of spending time on group dynamicsp. 9
Becoming a groupp. 12
What is a 'group'?p. 12
Initial emotions in classp. 14
Intermember relationshipsp. 17
How to promote acceptancep. 19
On the importance of knowing each other's names in classp. 26
Icebreakersp. 29
Moving students roundp. 31
Summaryp. 32
Managing the class: Rules, norms and disciplinep. 34
What are 'group norms'?p. 35
Group norms need to be discussed and willingly acceptedp. 36
If one breaks the norms ...p. 39
How to maintain group norms in the long runp. 41
Learning contractsp. 43
How to deal with institutional and competing norms and rulesp. 45
Summaryp. 47
How groups developp. 49
Ehrman and Dornyei's system of group development in learner groupsp. 50
When group development goes astrayp. 55
Summaryp. 58
The cohesive group: Relationships and achievementp. 60
The mature groupp. 61
What is cohesiveness?p. 62
Group cohesiveness and group productivity/effectivenessp. 65
Promoting cohesivenessp. 66
Is there a possible downside to cohesiveness?p. 69
Summaryp. 72
The classroom environment's contribution to group dynamicsp. 74
The classroom environmentp. 75
Spatial organisationp. 77
The arrangement of the furniturep. 80
Temperature, light and decorationp. 83
The ownership of the classroomp. 84
Movement in the classroomp. 84
Songs and music in the environmentp. 86
The ideal classroom?p. 87
Summaryp. 88
The teacher as group leaderp. 90
Lewin and his colleagues' three leadership stylesp. 91
Rogers' three attributes of the effective facilitatorp. 92
Heron's system of facilitationp. 95
Hersey and Blanchard's situational-leadership theoryp. 97
A synthesis of the different approachesp. 98
'Transactional' versus 'transformational' leadershipp. 100
Promoting learner autonomyp. 105
Summaryp. 107
Student roles and role modellingp. 109
Informal rolesp. 111
Inviting and assigning student rolesp. 117
Role problemsp. 122
Preparing students for performing their roles effectivelyp. 123
Self-fulfilling prophecies - or how we live up to the role that is expected of usp. 125
'Near peer role modelling'p. 128
Summaryp. 132
Trouble-shooting: Conflicts and apathy happen!p. 134
What causes conflict?p. 135
Potential benefits of conflictp. 141
Weathering the storm: Conflict resolutionp. 142
Rebellion against the leaderp. 153
When apathy sets inp. 154
Summaryp. 157
The last classes: Affirming and closingp. 159
The significance of an appropriate closure of the groupp. 160
Affirming and motivatingp. 161
Emotional closurep. 164
Projecting into the futurep. 166
The teacher-leader's needsp. 166
Summaryp. 168
Conclusion: Wrapping it upp. 170
Brief summaryp. 170
The need to consider the whole school environmentp. 174
Parting wordsp. 176
Referencesp. 177
Indexp. 184
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ISBN: 9780521529716
ISBN-10: 0521529719
Series: Cambridge Language Teaching Library
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: 16th October 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.352 x 14.986  x 1.321
Weight (kg): 0.331

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