Children in Gambia discussing
Expert groups

A method built on cooperation and support from friends.

Purpose

To give participants the opportunity to cover larger areas and more texts while practising verbal presentation and responsibility, the ability to listen and take in information.

Preparations

Create task cards or use the examples. Participants should have access to The Globe magazine or similar texts online, and the opportunity to take notes. Each participant is then assigned responsibility for recounting something they have read or learned to their home group.

Do it like this

  1. Divide the class into groups of four that we will call “home groups”. Each group receives four different assignment cards and four texts to read, such as texts from The Globe. All students read through their respective assignments and texts.
  2. Now “expert groups" are formed with the students who have received the same assignments and texts. Each group discusses what they have read and how best to pass on what they have learned. They help one another to summarise the most important points in a new text, so that the friends in the “home group” can share the newly-acquired knowledge.

 
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