MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASSROOM DISCUSSIONS THROUGH THE SOCRATIC CIRCLE APPROACH

Pirić, Alma (2014) MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASSROOM DISCUSSIONS THROUGH THE SOCRATIC CIRCLE APPROACH. In: Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, May, Sarajevo.

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Abstract

According to the staff of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Zenica, second year students are not easily motivated to participate in classroom discussions. Most of the time, students are encouraged to participate, but only a selected few do. When asked why that is so, students reported that they feel uncomfortable, mostly because they feel that they have noting important to share or that they are embarrassed to speak in front of their colleagues. The author of this paper took it upon herself to try to encourage students to open up and participate in classroom discussions. For the purpose of this research, the author has worked closely with two groups of second year students at the Department of English Language and Literature, introducing the Socratic Circle approach to ensure maximum student participation. This paper describes the steps that were taken, the results of the first study, and the results of the second study which was conducted a semester later. The author claims that by using the Socratic Circle approach it is possible to motivate every student to participate in classroom discussions on a regular basis, and that the students appreciate the use of the Socratic Circle Rubric because they know what is expected of them, as well as how their participation will be graded. Keywords: Classroom Discussion Participation, Socratic Circles, Socratic Circle Rubric

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: J-FLTAL
Depositing User: Mrs. Emina Mekic
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 20:36
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 20:36
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/3356

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