More group strategies for oral language activities

Some examples of group strategies for oral language activities in the classroom:
1. The Jigsaw Technique
2. Three-Step Interview
3. Think/ Pair/ Share Technique
4. Inside Outside Circles

The Jigsaw technique is a cooperative learning method in which students work in small groups. It was first developed by social psychologist Elliot Aronson and his students at the University of Texas and the University of California in 1971.

Group work/ Paired work strategies

The majority of activities in developing oral language in ‘Tip of the Tongue’ involve pupils working together in pairs and in groups. For some pupils, it is often counterproductive to ask them to give descriptions to the entire class. Students are often embarrassed by their minimal knowledge or public exposure may make them uncomfortable and reserved. However, they are often eager to share their ideas with their peers in pairs or group work and in time, build confidence.

Create a rich language-learning environment

The physical environment of a classroom has great power over the quality and the quantity of children’s experiences of oral language (Roskos & Neuman, 2002). Children use print available to them in the classroom and so when creating a rich language environment, be aware that the environment surrounding the pupils meditates the language that they will use.