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>>Successful vs. Unsuccessful Groups

Unsuccessful groups
Successful groups
  • The individuals in the class do not cohere into a group.
  • The group is cohesive and members have a sense of themselves as a group.
  • There is an uncomfortable, tense, or negative atmosphere.
  • There is a positive, supportive atmosphere: members have a positive self-image and feel secure to express their individuality.
  • The members of the group are all intent on their individual ambitions and are unwilling to compromise or define group goals for learning.
  • Members are able to compromise and have a sense of direction as a group. They are able to define their goals in group as well as individual terms.
  • Some members of the group tend to dominate group activities at the expense of shyer members.
  • Members listen to each other and take turns to participate.
  • The members of the group are territorial or cliquey and will not interact equally with all members.
  • Members are not cliquey and interact happily with all members of the group.
  • Group members are not interested in each other and are even antagonistic towards each other.
  • Members are interested in each other and feel they have things in common.
  • Group members are not self-reliant but dependent on the teacher.
  • The group is self-reliant and can solve problems without recourse to the teacher.
  • Group members cannot put problems in prespective; trivial things develop into major upsets.
  • The group can put problems in perspective and avoid and overcome problematic and tense situations.
  • There may be an "indigestible" group member who causes problems or creates a negative atmosphere.
  • The group is tolerant of all its members; members feel secure and accepted.
  • Group members will not co-operate to perform tasks.
  • Members co-operate and are able to work together productively.
  • Members do not trust each other.
  • Members trust each other.
  • Members have certain fixed or rigid ideas which they are reluctant to modify.
  • Members are open-minded, flexible, and receptive to new ideas.
  • Members lack responsibility: they are reluctant to make an effort or take initiative.
  • Members are willing to make an effort and often take initiative.
  • Members tend to be over-serious with little sense of fun.
  • The group has a sense of fun.
  • Members lack confidence in themselves as learners, when they are learning and when they are being taught.
  • Members have a positive attitude towards themselves as learners, and to the language and culture being studied.



Based on Classroom Dynamics by Jill Hadfield