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Communicate

• Even if your spoken English is not strong, take the time to speak and to make yourself understood.

• If you don't understand something, ask people to explain:

  • DO NOT simply say “What?” or “Ugh?”  
  • Be responsible for the language you are learning and instead say: “I am sorry, I did not understand what you said, can you repeat that please?”  OR “That’s a new expression for me, can you explain what it means?”  

• Be diplomatic: show respect for what others say - ask constructive questions - do not automatically reject or object to someone else's idea - share what you like about an idea before you express your concerns.

• Remember that you are important to the group's success.


Be a productive group member

• Speak up when you have something to say.

• Be dedicated to the group's goals.

• Follow through on your commitments.

• Plan your time well so that you can keep up with the group project

• Be enthusiastic, friendly, positive and supportive.


Help the group run smoothly

• Encourage good organization and planning: define tasks, exchange email addresses, set meeting times and decide how to proceed

• Be daring and offer to take a leadership or coordinator role.

• Be on time for meetings; if you have to miss a meeting, have a good reason, and tell people before the meeting.

• Keep in regular contact with your group members by text or email.

• Show that you are there to help and to support other group members when needed; be encouraging rather than critical.

• Try to help deal with conflict or disagreements constructively: encourage group members to find solutions rather than dwell on problems.


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