There are different ways in which we can organise our learners in the classroom. For example, learners can work on their own, as a whole class, in pairs, in teams, in groups. Organising learners into different working patterns is what we mean by “grouping learners”.

There are many Interaction Patterns:

*T=teacher, *S=student , *Ss=students,* (-) = with

- Whole class (T-Ss/ Ss-T)
- open pairs (S-S)
- closed pairs (S-S)
- mingles (Ss-Ss)
- groups (Ss-Ss)
- teams (Ss-Ss)
- individuals (S-S-S or just the: S)

Whole class activities enable students to practise the language at the same time, these are good for increasing confidence, especially amongst shy or weaker learners.

Individual activities give students a chance to work at their own pace and to focus and organise their thoughts.

Pair and group activities provide students with opportunities for developing longer turns and fluency through interaction.

Let’s see some of the reasons while using Interaction Patterns.

*In the exercise below you will find the next vocabulary:*

INTERACTION PATTERNS |
WHOLE CLASS |
OPEN PAIRS |

CLOSED PAIRS |
MINGLES |
BRAINSTORMING |

BINGO GAME |
READING AND FILLING IN A CHART |
CLASS SURVEY |

INTERACTION PATTERNS