Types of collaborative activities Working collaboratively on a task encourages use of the vocabulary of the curriculum area, and at the same time encourages use of the language of making suggestions, justifying opinions, agreeing and disagreeing, etc. Many of the resources on the site have images that can be made into flashcards which can be used for matching, sorting or ranking.Games can be very effective in motivating learners, and in revising or consolidating curriculum content.
This is a great game to encourage team work and bring a sense of competition to the classroom.
No matter how old we are, we all love a good competition and this game works wonders with all age groups.
Group work can be organised to ensure that all members of each group have a role to play and are expected to participate.
Collaborative activities help learners to understand the importance of active listening.
Call My Bluff is a fun game which is perfect at the start of term as a ‘getting to know you’ kind of game.
It is also a brilliant ice breaker between students if you teach classes who do not know one another -- and especially essential if you are teaching a small class size.
It can also be used at the start of the class to get students active.
It is a great way of testing what your students already know about the subject you’re about to teach.
Working with a partner or in a small group allows learners to feel more confident, and the language is being used for a specific purpose rather than out of context.
It is important to consider the grouping of learners carefully, for example placing early stage bilingual learners with peers who can provide good models of English, and / or share the same first language.
They involve learners having different bits of information that they then have to convey orally to each other.