Group Practice with the Communicative Method. Jeff Parker. Background: The Communicative Method. Input: linguistic term, not just what you “put in” Comprehensible Meaning bearing Authentic Output: Communication Negotiation Information gap Interaction
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Not a significant impact on development
Benefits outweigh the possible downsides
“group work may increase the efficiency of accuracy” (Brumfit, 78)
Classroom is inherently not authentic language
Group work is a “management device ”, not a language development tool
(Brumett, 76)Two sides: