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April 28, 2009

Teaching in Mixed Ability Classes

Students of mixed ability are one of the common features of the Japanese EFL classroom. One of the easiest ways to approach this often troublesome situation is by using small group activities. There are several listed on the minialt blog and the More Activities section at
Teaching and learning are both part of the wheel of learning. By having higher and lower level students in the same small group during activities, the higher level students naturally take on a teaching role, reinforcing what they know. Lower level students benefit from this added instruction, and are enabled to participate in the group activity.

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