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The Importance of Group Size

  1. A) MPEG group
  2. Articles with a special group of nouns
  3. C. Practice introducing yourself, friends and groupmates. Remember to smile (and use handshakes where appropriate).
  4. D. Reproduce the dialogue between Pam and Alex, with your group-mate.
  5. D. Think of your own sentences using the words and word combinations from Task C. Read your sentences to your group-mates.
  6. Discuss with your group-mate his impressions of the masterpiece at Ronchamp. Express your own opinion.
  7. Ex. 2. Read the words in the groups below. Pay attention to the word stress.

Being the first person to arrive at a party affords the opportunity to observe a fascinating process in group dynamics. When fewer than about six people interact in one setting, a single conversation is usually maintained by everyone. But with the addition of more people, the discussion typically divides into two or more conversations. This example is a simple way of showing that size has important effects on the operation of social groups.

The basis for this dynamic lies in the mathematical connection between the number of people in a social group and the number of relationships among them as shown in Figure 3. Two people are joined in a single relationship; adding a third person results in three relationships, a fourth person yields six. As additional people are added one at a time - according to what mathematicians call an arithmetic increase the number of relationships increasesvery rapidly - in what is called a geometric increase. By the time six people have joined one conversation, there are fifteen different relationships among them, which explains why the conversation usually divides by this point.

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WORD STUDY | UNIT VII | Strain and Conflict | WORD STUDY | Kinds of Groups | The Nature of Group Cohesiveness | Primary and Secondary Groups | XV. Answer the following questions. | Networks | II. Make up word-combinations and translate them into Russian. |

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