Use group work to reach further and aim higher

Although studies show collaborative tasks boost learning, without careful planning, they can become mired in confusion. Jon Eaton shares his top tips for ensuring students work together effectively

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When I first started teaching A-Level English language, I was heavily dependent on textbooks because I needed to be confident that what I was teaching aligned with the syllabus. But this led to lessons that resembled lectures.

This was a problem. We know that, even in the lecture’s natural home, a university, this style of delivery alone does not constitute learning. No one figures out how to ride a bicycle or swim merely by reading about it or having it explained on a chalkboard. There has to be some element of interaction between the learner and the content.

So, to solve the problem, I ...

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