Checklist for working in groups on a project on the web-site for teachers and learners of English as a secondary language from a German point of view
Checklist for groups
working on projects
1. The relation between the class and the
teacher are good. The teacher's authority
2. The students are eager to test new forms of learning.
3. The basic skills are practised in former classes or introduced
in a practising step on working in
teams before you start with the topic:
4. What we consider:
The teacher works as sample for the group work: he writes the topics
of each lesson on one side of the board.
The students keep minutes about everything important that happens in
the lesson and document these facts in files, diaries, posters, transparencies,
wallpaper pictures, cassettes or videos
The dates and the topics are put down as table of contents for the files
Keeping minutes: The formal structure of keeping minutes as well as
some frequently used expressions are introduced by the teacher (i.e. he
takes the first minutes himself)
The difficulties of working in group are discussed: Work sheet.
The results are presented again and again at the end and/or at the beginning
of a lesson. A poster on the wall which shows the progress of each group
is filled in at the end of each lesson by the speaker of the group.
5. We make or have a project plan made including:
In order to keep time in relation to effect each group needs a keeper
Working material are at hand: ( coloured highlighting pens, dictionaries,
rules, a watch or a clock, files, posters, papers, clue, scissors, transparencies,
The groups agree on the functions of each group member who is responsible
for his section.
The group finds a group name in order to provoke a corporate identity
Rules and signals are worked out by the whole class. They are unanimously
accepted.(A signal for changing from working in groups to working in class,
for silence, for indicating the last minute before the ending of the lesson
Speaking English even in the groups: if a word is unknown it is written
on one side of the board and look up for the next lesson. So far the German
word is used
Independence, authority of your own main targets of group work. Therefore
the modal auxiliaries "shall, must, can, may I /we do...?" replaced by
" I want to do..." and most frequently will become " I do this or that.
" or just the action they precede.
Positive statements are used instead of "no, not, nobody, nothing, against,
Revision is made a general concept.
Organisational forms are found to repeat vocabulary, grammar, main topical
points or summaries i.e. 10 rules out of 27 i.e. quiz shows
6. The class prepares a classroom test (Klassenarbeit) i.e. the class
suggests let's say 30 items
Learning - working - presenting - decision making techniques
and 15 will be found in the test. Perhaps
there will be a test which contains two parts:
a single test for everyone and a group
7. Every group presents their results to the class in a way that
everyone knows all the main
facts. Try to find an opportunity to present
the results of the group work to a larger audience:
parents' meeting, school magazine, exhibition
in your school hall, internet