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Essential Characteristics:   Pages:
Primary Mode Collaborative 181-185
Activity Focus Multiple
Duration of Activity Single Session
Online Transferability Medium
Description and Purpose

'Seminar' helps students prepare for and participate in an in-depth, focused, and meaningful small-group discussion of a text. In preparation for class, students read a document, marking and prioritising specific passages they want to discuss with the group, and writing a short essay about what they read in response to a prompt. Students bring their marked-up copies and essay to class, and they use these as their ticket to participate in a highly structured small-group discussion. The steps students must take to prepare for the discussion encourage them to stay focused in their reading and to get more deeply into the source, even if they initially find it overwhelming or off-putting. The structure of the small-group discussion provides even shy and diffident students and non-native speakers with a platform to practice their voice. Additionally, the passages that each student reads are ones that they found to be most personally relevant and therefore require some degree of individual commitment.

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