#1 Grouping The Children – Pairwork

ImageWhen your pupils are ready to cooperate with others, we recommend some sort of regular grouping as follow:


Pairwork is a very useful and efficient way of working in language teaching. It is simple to organise .

  • Let pupils who are sitting near each other work together. Don’t move the desks , chairs should only be moved it absolutetly necessary
  •  Estabilsh a  routine for pairwork, so that when you say : ‘Now work in your pairs’, pupils know what is expected of them.
  • Pairwork means that everyone in the class is occupied, but even if everyone in the class is working on the same thing, not all pairs will finish at the same time. Do not be tempted to let the pairwork continue until everyone has finished. As soon as you see that several of the pairs have finished. Ask the others to finish off.
  • If you do not have an even number of pupils in the class, then let one group as a three.
  • Go through what you want pupils to do before you put them into their pairs ( Scott and Ythreberg, 2004, Teaching English to Children, Pearson)

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  1. #1 by Aris Lukmana on 8 October 2013 - 12:39 pm

    May i copy-paste this material for teaching method, Mrs?

  2. #2 by eti fatimah on 12 October 2013 - 5:24 pm

    thanks a lot for sharing this information Ms. it’s also nice method in teaching.

  3. #3 by Agam prasetiyo on 14 October 2013 - 6:34 pm

    I think It’s need a long time, to grouping the children..
    How if our times are limited?

    • #4 by khozainah (1105020003) on 16 November 2014 - 2:41 pm

      This material is very good
      To learning for young learner
      I want to most know about all method for this material of young learner
      Thanks for your scient…

  4. #5 by Teti Haryati on 19 November 2014 - 2:20 pm

    this way is good in language teaching because with grouping children can cooperate with others, make children confident language learning, children can good interaction with others, and children feel interesting in learning with use this technique.

  5. #6 by NurhalidahSapri on 21 November 2014 - 6:48 am

    I think, if we want to make a pair work, let one group as a four because if one group as a three it will need a long time and will be jeoulous to some pupils, and let one group as a four , it will be easy to make a pair work. the pupils still sit in their chair, then chairs should only be moved it absolutetly necessary like explaining above. Nurhalidah 7D FKIP English

  6. #7 by Haris M. Abdillah on 5 December 2014 - 3:14 am

    good technique !! using this technique make the student’s know to cooperate with others, appreciate teamwork , and this technique build good interaction to others.

  7. #8 by dwi minanto on 31 December 2014 - 5:39 am

    I agree with this pairwork method because make students happy and fun to study,,,and can make a student will be change their idea to their partner….so I want to try application this method to teach if I be a teacher,,,,dwi minanto 7D FKIP

  8. #9 by Weli Gusnita on 13 January 2015 - 11:28 am

    i think this method is very interesting to the English teacher because can make students will be happy to get lesson materials, it’s for fun and students will be more self confident to perform in front of the class…..

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