PEER TUTORING AND COACHING IN GROUP
GOAL & METHOD
GOAL#4 LEARNERS HELPING EACH OTHER
METHOD#1: peer tutoring and coaching
Advised Age Group
Assign topic and output
Choose a topic or activity to be developed in group work with a final multimedia presentation (PowerPoint) in a foreign language.
Output: graphic design of a garden. Description of the main choices: materials and plants in addition to the predicted cost. Hand incomplete study material.
Research to be deepened
Provide learners with insufficient research materials concerning the topic. Learners need to conduct further research in order to be able to accomplish the task in a good way. For example, ask the learners to complete the study materials with research on plants that can survive in a specific required climate and with the given budget or within a specific cost. The research material will be given in the chosen language.
Form heterogeneous groups
Based on your knowledge of the learners in terms of skills’ level and stronger features, form heterogeneous groups, each including learners with different strengths. A learner with good foreign language proficiency, a learner with good CAD skills, a learner with good mathematics skills, and other learners who are a bit weak and can learn from the others. One teacher reported: “I use peer tutoring in a very informal way. I arrange students in pairs or small groups where the more expert helps the weaker student to get ready for a test or in the hours dedicated to learning recovery.”
The organisation in heterogeneous groups can help learners coach each other in an informal way. They can learn from each other’s strengths and can improve on different levels such as highe academic achievement, improved relationships with peers, improved personal and social development as well as increased motivation.