Why Learn English in a Group Lesson?
Many language students wonder which classroom setting is better: one-to-one or group classes?
While having one-to-one attention is beneficial in many ways, for most language students group collaboration can spark their creativity and boost their confidence for English communication in the real world.
Here are just some benefits of attending group lessons:
Team collaboration keeps students motivated and enthusiastic. Unlike in private lessons, group lessons provide the opportunity and great atmosphere for sharing ideas, discussing and brainstorming them with your partner(s). What this means is that you become an active learner, rather than a passive one which is actually really useful when learning other skills in the future. 🙂
When different personalities come together and share different ideas they encourage a lot of creativity! The wide range of ideas will introduce new and varied vocabulary and these ideas can be questioned, explored and developed together. And even if the students knowledge and use of grammar is not perfect, creativity makes communication possible and fun!
Learning with people who have similar goals means that you can monitor and support each other during and after the lessons. Learners can often answer each other’s questions, clarify confusing points in ways that a native speaker cannot. You will challenge each other as you can share experiences and can set the standards higher for each other. For this reason students who learn in groups become more open, helpful and confident.
Speaking is the most scary part of learning a new language. However, group work can minimise the intimidation. If you start speaking to others from the very start, from the very first lessons, it will become a natural part of how you learn and therefore will not be so frightening anymore. As a member of a group lesson you will overcome shyness, get rid of worries and even discover leadership qualities.
Another advantage of group lessons is the dynamic pace of the lessons. With all the students eagerly sharing their opinions and growing more and more confident in their speaking, the rhythm of the lessons will be energetic and inspiring.
Students can develop cultural sensitivity. Interacting with many other learners, who can often be from all over the world will provide you with opportunity to see how culture affects people’s beliefs and opinions and therefore you can get to know people from all over the world. Understanding and appreciating your classmates is a very inspiring part of group lessons.
During group work it is much easier for the teacher to assess the learners’ speaking performance. We can observe pronunciation and fluency, and also see whether the grammar learnt is used well in spoken communication.
Finally, using group work students can practice their English skills in decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, negotiation, conflict resolution and successful teamwork. All of these can give you an amazing advantage to communicate in English with the real world.
As a teacher and a learner of languages I sincerely recommend group lessons and peer collaboration if you are eager to learn English dynamically and to speak the language fluently. You can be original, reflective and supportive in your shared journey to English fluency.button