so in one of my classes we do group work for the last half of class. the teacher puts us in these groups b/c the class has 3 different majors in it and she wants us to get all perspectives. but they are driving me nuts!
all my group mates have English as their Second Language. they speak fine English, can read it and write it, and they are intelligent ppl. the problem is that they dont understand each other's English (they all have different first languages) and they dont understand my English either. i can understand them, but of course they are speaking my first (and only) language. student 1 argued with me for 5 mins last night even tho i kept telling her we were saying the same thing. she was really aggressive about it too, in my face like i wasnt understanding the whole assignment. she did the same thing to student 2 a few mins later. student 2 repeats every idea several times several different ways to make sure he's understanding correctly which upsets student 1. student 3 just giggles at how badly we all understand each other and doesnt contribute to the group much.
i have nothing against these ppl...i just cant take working with them in this setting again (this was the 2nd time). its gotten so bad that i had to use all my tricks to keep from having a panic attack! ive got a week off for Spring Break so im trying to come up with some ways to make us work better as a group. ive worked with these ppl separately in other group settings and everything was fine, which is why i think its a language barrier on all of our parts.
im trying to use this situation to prepare me for struggles i might face with ESL students in my classroom (im teacher ed) but im not finding anything for student to student problems. any ideas? i also wasnt sure what category to put this in...
Asked by okmanders at 11:31 PM on Mar. 15, 2013 inLevel 42 (152,217 Credits)
Answer by NotPanicking at 7:03 AM on Mar. 16, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 11:52 PM on Mar. 15, 2013
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