Classroom Dynamics


WOOCS 2.1.9


Jill Hadfield and Series Editor Alan Maley

Resource Books for Teachers

  • Explores the problems teachers have managing groups, and suggests various strategies which can be used to lead groups more effectively.
  • Examines the characteristics of a successful group.
  • Provides over a hundred activities designed to foster a cohesive and supportive group atmosphere.
  • Provides activities suitable for classes of all levels of general or specialized English courses.

Note: A full contents list at the front of the book provides a complete list of the activities, the suggested level at which each activity can be used, and the approximate time required for each activity. The summary below aims to give a general idea of the book’s organization.

The author and series editor
How to use this book
Section A: Forming the group
1: Breaking the ice:
Warm-up activities for the first week of term (7 activities)
2: Thinking about language:
Individual learning styles and group strategies (3 activities)
3: Thinking about groups:
Group strengths, individual contributions (3 activities)
Section B: Maintaining the group
4: Bridging gaps:
Opinion- and value-bridging activities (7 activities)
5: Maintaining fluidity:
Reseating and mêlée games (6 activities)
6: Getting to know each other:
Humanistic exercises and personalized grammar (6 activities)
7: I did it your way:
Empathy activities (5 activities)
8 A: sense of belonging:
Whole group identity activities (6 activities)
9: Establishing trust:
Trust- and confidence-building activities (5 activities)
10: Staying positive:
Encouraging positive feelings (7 activities)
11: Group achievements;
Product-orientated activities (5 activities)
12: Bringing it together:
Pyramid discussions, feedback techniques, and summaries (7 activities)
13: That patriotic class feeling:
Inter-class activities and competitions (5 activities)
14: Ensuring participation (5 activities)
15: Learning to listen (5 activities)
16: A sense of direction:
Setting, assessing, and resetting goals (6 activities)
17: Coexistence and compromise:
Individual wants and frustrations; group solutions (5 activities)
18: Coping with crisis: some group problems
Section C: Ending the group experience
19: Ending with positive feelings (4 activities)
20: Evaluating the group experience (5 activities)
21: Finale

Language focus index
Further reading

Additional information




Oxford University Press

Publication date

22 October 1992