English Language; Drama & Speech; Social Etiquette. Est. 1986, Hong Kong


04 September 2015

Many Heads Are Better Than One (Sometimes!)

Learning in Groups has many benefits and a multi-level approach can often give an added dimension to these lessons.

Interacting with people can be a lot of fun. Children especially need to develop the skills to deal with many personality types, from the boisterous to the shy, and they can build their own confidence by doing so.

Many groups will start with a warm up exercise, where the whole class participates in a game or word play, and this helps to raise the energy levels in the room. The participants become excited by the tasks ahead and can’t wait to get to them.

Healthy competition will sometimes develop within the group, as pupils raise their standards to that of their peers, or try to beat them.

Conversely, members of the group will co-operate and help each other answer questions. This is especially true where the group is given a specific task or project to complete. Each individual will contribute their own ideas and talents to the end goal, and there is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from succeeding as a team.

In multi-level classes, those at a lower level can work at their own pace, yet still benefit from the experience and knowledge of those around them, while those at a higher level have to really understand what they know in order to communicate it effectively.

Of course, a group is made up of individuals, and individual needs have to be met. This is where the skill of the group leader or supervisor becomes vital in ensuring respect is given to each group member.

Groups are all about friendships at the end of the day. People who learn together, help each other and compete with each other form strong bonds. These friendships can last the whole of their lives. What better advertisement for group lessons than to see learning and laughter continuing beyond the classroom!

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