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Group dynamics

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Group dynamics refer to the relationships between learners in a group and the impact that this has on the way they work.

The group dynamics of a class can change enormously when a new learner or teacher joins the class.

In the classroom
In the language classroom, the teacher needs to recognise which of the factors that contribute to group dynamics are within their control, as not all are. Teachers can contribute to positive group dynamics through choosing relevant aims, topics and appropriate activity types, and establishing a good rapport.

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