Module 9: Structured Interaction

teacher pointing si Structured Interaction is important for English learners during the learning of content for numerous reasons. English learner students need numerous opportunities to talk about their learning. They need to use the language to negotiate meaning in an atmosphere where they can make mistakes and feel relaxed about practicing their “new” language. In addition to language practice, students learn how to collaborate appropriately and benefit socially from the interaction between themselves and other students that they might not interact with normally.

Teachers can use interaction strategies when reviewing material after a lesson has been taught or as a preview to have students discuss their perceptions about a topic before it is covered in class. Click on the following interaction strategies to download an explanation of each.

1. Freeze and Talk

2. Lines of Communication

3. Four Corners

4. Numbered Heads Together

5. Carousel