Successful classroom discussions involve more than just asking questions
and letting students answer. This workshop will concentrate on techniques
for promoting constructive discussion and keeping discussions on track.
- Listen to other students’ opinions and take notes.
- Build on other students’ comments
- If you agree with what is being said, say so and explain why.
- If you disagree, say why and never attack the other personally.
- Ask other students’ questions of clarification.
- Connect other students’ comments to each other.
- Talk to the instructor if you are very uncomfortable with participating.
Notes on Leading and Participating in Classroom Discussions
Some Good Conversational “Moves”
For those whose first language is not English, listening and taking notes in class can be especially difficult. Learn strategies for improving your listening skills and for taking effective notes.
Notes on Listening and Note Taking
Sample Cornell Notes Blank Page
Online Resources for Listening and Note Taking
For those whose first language is not English, listening and taking notes in class can be especially difficult.
Focused preparation and specific note taking strategies can compensate for difficulties with listening.
Also, you can build listening practice into your daily schedule. Listen to English as you drive, make dinner, or do other regular chores.
The PowerPoint slides and Resource Sheet are filled with advice for taking notes and suggested sites for listening to English.
Listening and Note Taking PowerPoint Slides
Listening and Note Taking Resource Sheet