The pressure on contact time with students and the results required from it are constantly increasing - which means that tutors have to be more and more creative in how they approach their work. This book provides some solutions. 70 Activities for Tutor Groups explores the many and varied ways in which tutors can provoke and encourage meaningful, constructive and focused discussion among their students. It takes the form of a classified and cross-referenced manual of groupwork activities. For ease of use each activity is presented in a common format: ¢ In a nutshell ¢ Aims ¢ What is needed ¢ Time needed ¢ How it works ¢ Good example in action ¢ Diagram ¢ Advantages of this activity ¢ Potential problem(s) ¢ Main learning outcome ¢ Variation. The practical, 'low-tech' approach taken by Peter Davies means that these activities (which have all been trialled and are known to work) can be used easily by all tutors, at any level, and in any subject. If you are committed to improving the effectiveness of your work with groups you need look no further!

part I|129 pages

Activities — by genre

part 1|24 pages


chapter 1|3 pages

Spin doctors

chapter 2|3 pages


chapter 3|3 pages

Family trees

chapter 4|3 pages

Caption competition

chapter 5|3 pages

Society diagrams

chapter 6|3 pages

Visual sources

chapter 7|4 pages


part 2|31 pages


chapter 8|2 pages

Trivia quiz

chapter 9|3 pages

Card games

chapter 10|3 pages

The end-of-term opinion poll

chapter 11|3 pages

Geography puzzles

chapter 12|3 pages

The most reasons

chapter 13|2 pages

The name game*

chapter 14|2 pages


chapter 15|2 pages

Party quirks*

chapter 16|2 pages

The alphabet

chapter 17|2 pages

Top 5

chapter 18|2 pages


chapter 19|3 pages

Just a minute

part 3|17 pages


chapter 20|3 pages

The workbook

chapter 21|3 pages


chapter 22|3 pages

Multiple choice

chapter 23|2 pages

Role-play questionnaires

chapter 24|4 pages

Card groups

part 4|28 pages


chapter 25|2 pages

The committee system

chapter 26|3 pages

Pairwork and buzz groups

chapter 27|2 pages


chapter 28|3 pages

Essay planning

chapter 29|3 pages

The fishbowl*

chapter 30|2 pages


chapter 31|2 pages

Three planners

chapter 32|3 pages


chapter 33|3 pages


chapter 34|3 pages

Press releases

part 5|27 pages


chapter 35|3 pages

The press conference

chapter 36|3 pages

The set debate

chapter 37|3 pages

Role-play — international diplomacy

chapter 38|2 pages

Set oral roles

chapter 39|2 pages

Shock tactics

chapter 40|3 pages

'Question Time'

chapter 41|3 pages


chapter 42|3 pages

Simulation — mock meetings

chapter 43|3 pages

The courtroom

part II|82 pages

Activities for difficult territory

part 6|28 pages

Abstract ideas

chapter 44|3 pages

Role-playing ideas

chapter 45|3 pages

Draw an idea!

chapter 46|3 pages

Manifesto writing

chapter 47|2 pages

A Post-it wall

chapter 48|3 pages

Theories as diagrams

chapter 49|3 pages

3-D ideas

chapter 50|2 pages

Opposites and enemies

chapter 51|3 pages

Sub-ideas within a big idea

chapter 52|4 pages


part 7|27 pages

Primary documents

chapter 53|2 pages

Text and context

chapter 54|2 pages

Quotation deconstruction

chapter 55|3 pages

Newspaper headlines

chapter 56|3 pages

Create a charter!

chapter 57|2 pages

Read out loud!

chapter 58|3 pages


chapter 59|3 pages

Role-play a text

chapter 60|2 pages

Predict the passage

chapter 61|3 pages

Maximum three

chapter 62|3 pages

Key words

part 8|25 pages

Numerical Data

chapter 63|3 pages

Socio-economic predictions

chapter 64|3 pages

Recognition tests

chapter 65|2 pages

Accept and reject

chapter 66|3 pages

Vox pop

chapter 67|2 pages

Dream statistics

chapter 68|3 pages


chapter 69|3 pages

Bogus statistics

chapter 70|4 pages

Invent a political party!