Sulabha Natraj

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Traditional approaches to language teaching are teacher and subject centred. They prescribe what the teacher should do in language classes. Little mention is made about what the learners should do. Nevertheless, it is indisputably accepted that only what the learners themselves do in a meaningful manner makes them learn. Communicative approaches, of which group method techniques are an off-shoot, aim at maximum learner involvement and a simultaneous cut in teacher talk-time. Group work in English language instruction is based on the assumption that contribution to the classroom situation does not always come from the figure at the front; students learn as much from their peers as they do from their teachers. This paper attempts to discuss advantages of group work in language instruction.



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