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Two Interactive Lessons. Based on The Communicative Language Approach and Cooperative Learning. Communicative Language Teaching Approach. Interaction is both a means and a goal. It’s Process Oriented. The Learner’s Personal Experiences are highlighted .

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Two interactive lessons

Two Interactive Lessons

Based on

The Communicative Language Approach


Cooperative Learning

Communicative language teaching approach
Communicative Language Teaching Approach

  • Interaction is both a means and a goal.

  • It’s Process Oriented.

  • The Learner’s Personal Experiences are highlighted.


Cooperative learning
Cooperative Learning

  • Small Teams

  • Diverse skills, abilities, learning styles, backgrounds

  • Task based activities

Cooperative learning basic elements
Cooperative LearningBasic Elements

  • Positive Interdependence (The group sinks or swims


  • Face to Face Interaction

  • Both Individual and Group Accountability

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Group Processing (Roles, Responsibilities &


Links to cooperative learning
Links to Cooperative Learning





Inside outside circle
Inside-Outside Circle

Goal – Communicative Interaction


  • Introduce new material or review previous content

  • Create open ended questions or discreet point items

  • Adapt to any content area


  • It builds rapport

  • It provides a quick change of pace and energy boost

  • It targets different learning styles

  • It’s FUN!

Special Considerations

  • Arrange classroom furniture to provide space for circle(s).

  • On nice days, students love to go outside.

  • Students with physical disabilities can easily participate by sitting in chair in inner circle.

Lesson Preparation

  • Write questions on index cards (open-ended, short answer, or discreet point).

  • Write answers, clues, prompts or nothing on back.

  • Prepare half as many cards as the number of students in your class.

Lesson Implementation

  • Have students count out-loud “One, Two, One, Two”.

  • Have all the “ones” form an outward facing “inside” circle.

  • Have all the “twos” stand in front of them to form an “outside” circle.

  • Explain the process. “Inside circle” never moves. “Outside circle” moves one step to right upon instructor direction.

  • Give one index card to each member of the “inside circle”.

  • Students ask their partners the question and listen to/discuss the answers.

  • Direct students to hand cards to their partners.

  • Direct “outside circle” to take one step to the right and ask the question.

  • Continue the process.

Information gap
Information Gap

Goal – Students collaborate to find missing information and complete a task.


  • Introduce new material or review previous content.

  • Adapt to any content area.


  • It builds rapport.

  • It works well with differing skill levels and learning styles.

  • It enhances communication and social skills.

Lesson Preparation

  • Create two handouts, A and B, each with different items missing.

  • Depending on the content area and goals, the handouts can take many different forms such as:



    Written Passages

    Mathematical Formulas


Lesson Implementation

  • Have students work in pairs and give one student

    handout A and the other handout B.

  • Instruct them to collaborate to find the missing information.

Depending upon the content area and goal of the lesson, this collaboration may take many forms such as:

  • Discussing the deleted points of an argument

  • Figuring out the missing steps of a mathematical equation

  • Determining the needed supporting points of a topic sentence

  • Identifying the missing punctuation of a citation

  • Noticing differences between two pictures

  • Etc.

Sample information gap activity irregular verbs

Student A collaboration may take many forms such as:

Present PastPast Participle

drink drank _____

think _____ _____

_____ took _____

ride _____ ridden

_____ wrote _____

bring _____ brought

_____ swam _____

cut _____ cut

( ETC.)

Student B

Present PastPast Participle

_____ _____ drunk

_____ thought thought

take _____ taken

_____ rode _____

write _____ written

_____ brought _____

swim _____ swum

_____ cut _____

( ETC.)

Sample Information Gap ActivityIrregular Verbs

Thanks for your time, and have FUN: collaboration may take many forms such as:

  • Interacting

  • Communicating

  • Collaborating

  • Learning