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Technology Tip of the Month

January, 1996: Collaboration Vocabulary


by Deborah Healey

If you are using computers with a class and want the students to interact with each other in the target language, make sure that they have the words and phrases they need. It's also helpful to have groups of three, where one person is the designated keyboarder and does not make the decisions, but can discuss; a second person, who discusses the decisions to be made; and a third person, who di scusses and keeps track of which collaboration phrases were used--usually checking them off on a list. Groups can "compete" to see who uses the most collaboration vocabulary.

Here are a few useful words and phrases:

--We ought to .... [We ought to buy more lemons; we ought to choose B.]
--Let's ... [Let's buy more lemons; let's choose B.]
--Why don't we ... ? [Why don't we try the other one next time?]
--What do you think about ... ? [What do you think about trying the other one?]
--Good idea.
--Sounds good to me.
--Let's try it.
--Why not?
--No problem.
--Well, I think we should ... instead. [Well, I think we should choose A instead.]
--I don't think that's a good idea.
--Let's ... instead. [Let's try the other one instead.]
--I'm not so sure.
--Let's think about it some more.
--Why do you think so?
--That doesn't seem right to me.

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If you have questions, comments, or for more information, contact Deborah Healey, dhealey AT uoregon DOT edu
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