Group Work is NOT Busy Work: Maximizing Success of Group Work in the L2 Classroom


  • Robert L. Davis

    1. University of Oregon
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      Robert L. Davis (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon, Eugene.


ABSTRACT  Pair and group activities have become a staple in the L2 classroom, but in many cases instructors do not use the techniques appropriately or to maximum effectiveness. This proposal for training pre- and insewice teachers in the use of group work is based on the principles of action research: first it outlines some issues in the design and implementation of these activities and then includes suggestions for the postobsewation remodeling of activities within a task- and content-based framework for language instruction.