Discussion experiences

20 Jan

Please comment here to share your experiences of classroom discussions.

 

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One Response to “Discussion experiences”

  1. Cait January 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    For me, discussions seems to go best when participants have a strong motivation to participate and aren’t held back by shyness, lack of language or the dominance of certain members of the group.

    Discussions have worked well for me when I’ve discussed and practiced a discourse area before hand… e.g. language to include others.

    They’ve also worked well when I’ve set the discussions up as an exercise (e.g. “you’re going to talk for 10 minutes, I’m not going to join in. Try and make sure everyone says something”) and where students understand the language-learning benefits of participating. This works especially well in classes where the class are used to this kind of exercise and we’ve discussed why it’s useful. For those not completely interested in the discussion topic a discourse or language aim e.g. try and use the past tense form when you’re talking about your holiday / try and invite someone else to speak at some point has been helpful.

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