Group work as an essential component for EL success

Erik Halvorson

Education Connections

Group work has long been a part of U.S. classrooms, but recently schools and districts have begun investigating how group work might affect English learners specifically. Schools like San Francisco International High School (SFIHS) have found that explicit incorporation of mindful group work leads students to be more motivated, far more willing to engage with instructional content, and better able to refine critical social and emotional skills (Schwartz, 2017).

For a closer look at the benefits of group work for EL students, and to learn how schools like SFIHS are working to include group-learning opportunities throughout the curriculum, check out the article from Mind Shift.

For a look at further ways to incorporate paired and group work opportunities for oral language skill building, check out this resource from Colorín Colorado.


Schwartz, K. (2017, February 23). Why group work could be the key to English learner success. Retrieved from


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