The following paper represents the inquiry of a variety of teacher strategies to use in small groups or pair activities in the second language proficiency-oriented classroom, the students' response to these activities in terms of enhanced motivation and self-esteem and increased liking of the subject. Data collected from articles, books, observations, interviews and my previous teaching experience indicate that for small group work to be effective, social skills should be taught, individual accountability should be present, a friendly climate should be established in order to provide freedom of expression. Teacher's personality should be one that is compatible with the increased activity that small group and pair activities genera~e. Appropriate exercises, clear instruction, materials, feedback and inspiration of the students' efforts to achieve certain goals should be provided.
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