How do you become a better language user? By using the language! But with larger class sizes, how can teachers give students the abundant opportunities they need in order to develop their language skills--especially the speaking skill? Since we are not going to get more class time and since it appears unlikely, given current economic realities, that we will have much in the way of class-size reductions, we must think differently about we organize learning experiences for our students.

Enter pair and small group work. Good pair and small group work activities have great promise for providing our students the abundant opportunities they need to develop language skills. The file below provides some very interesting research about just how much more practice time students get using these learning configurations. Additionally, suggestions are provided about using pair and small group activities with your students.

Sources for Good Pair and Small Group Activities