ESL Promoting Interaction

English learners need time to practice using academic language with the support of their teacher and classmates. For that reason, it is important for the teacher to plan for and to facilitate opportunities for students to speak and work together in collaborative groups. This should happen at all levels of English language development. Some teachers at the beginning levels of English language development are reluctant to promote interaction and collaborative groups. However, with provided structure, support, and practice, interaction can be successful at any level of English language development.

In an environment created to provide language support, collaborative work is the primary vehicle for task completion and there is a definite need for student interaction. Students do not need to be in groups or in the designated group activity time to interact. The class develops a culture of students reading, discussing, writing and constructing meaning together.

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