By Zoltán Dörnyei, Tim Murphey
The research of 'group dynamics' is a colourful educational box, overlapping various disciplines. it's also hugely proper to language schooling as the good fortune of lecture room studying is especially a lot depending on how scholars relate to one another, what the study room weather is like, what roles the instructor and the novices play and, extra commonly, how good scholars can co-operate and speak with one another. This leading edge publication addresses those concerns and provides useful recommendation on easy methods to deal with language learner teams in a fashion that they turn into cohesive and efficient groups.
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How much do your tasks give students the opportunity to share genuine personal information? 33 2 Managing the class: Rules, norms and discipline This chapter will: . describe the role of various rules and regulations in the group's life; . present ways of developing a constructive system of classroom norms and `learning contracts'; . discuss the implications of group norms to the broader question of classroom discipline. When people are together, in any function and context, they usually follow certain rules and routines that help to prevent chaos and help everybody to go about their business as effectively as possible.
Marvin Shaw 1981:81) The ®rst aspect of the group structure that emerges during the group formation period is the pattern of newly formed relationships between the learners. Already after the ®rst few encounters there will be instinctive attractions between some class members, whereas others may have taken a dislike towards some of their peers. According to Shaw (1981) and Schmuck and Schmuck (2001), initial attractions are caused by factors such as physical attractiveness; perceived ability and competence; similarities in attitudes, personality, hobbies, living conditions, and economic and family status (see Table 1).
Indeed, group pressure can be powerful enough to make certain students depressed, sometimes suicidal, and groups can also drive teachers crazy if they choose to. '. Because Mandarin Chinese is our mother tongue, when we found we didn't know how to say something in English, we would speak Chinese. But the teacher told us not to speak Chinese in class. Over a period of time, this became a class rule. '. Of course, there were some naughty children. They disobeyed the rule and kept speaking Chinese in class.
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