Group Dynamics in the MFL Classroom – Online CPD


What on Earth is ‘group dynamics’ and why does it matter?

If you found yourself asking this question when you saw the title of this online CPD, then you’re not alone! I studied group dynamics as part of my MA in Applied Linguistics and at first, I was completely confused by what it meant. I had already been teaching languages, both abroad and in London, for years before I did my Master’s and I thought I knew everything there was to know about groups and behaviour management and creating a positive classroom environment. Oh, how wrong was I?!

I have been wanting to run a CPD workshop on the topic of group dynamics for so long and I’m so excited to be able to offer you this 2-hour online workshop in April 2024!

Saturday 27th April 2024 – 9:30am-11:30am

The workshop will be based around the book ‘Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom‘ by Zoltán Dörnyei (my MA tutor) and Tim Murphey and in it, I will answer the following questions:

  • What is group dynamics and why is it important for MFL teachers?
  • What is a ‘group’?
  • How do groups develop?
  • What is group cohesiveness?
  • How does the classroom environment contribute to group dynamics?
  • How does the teacher contribute to group dynamics?
  • How do students contribute to group dynamics?
  • What causes conflict and how can it be resolved?
  • How do you finish a class when you or they are moving on?

During the workshop, I will walk you through the different stages of group dynamics and give examples of how I have used my knowledge of the psychology behind group formation and development in my own teaching, with different age groups, levels and languages. I will also give you practical tips and ideas that you can implement immediately with your own classes.

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The workshop will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent a few days before the session, along with a pre-workshop questionnaire, to help me get to know you a bit better and to ensure that all of your questions are answered in the workshop. Even if you can’t make it to the workshop on the day, you can still sign up, as it will be recorded and all resources and recordings will be uploaded to a Google folder for you to access in your own time.

This CPD is also available in a bundle with all of the other Kate Languages CPD workshops that will be running in 2023-24.

NB If you are a ‘Buy Everything‘ customer, access to this CPD is included for no extra cost! 

If you would like to book me to run this CPD in person in your school/trust, get in touch now by emailing