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Tutorial rooms are usually relatively small and are very well suited to teaching approaches that require a large amount of interaction between students, such as debates, role-play, group critiques and problem-based learning.
Possible Room Layouts
This is a typical room layout for sessions where students will be working in small groups. The tables create a reasonably sized work area for students to capture their discussions and communicate effectively. With this configuration, there is still the potential to have the students all focus on activity at the front of the room – though, due to some student needing to turn away from their table, it is recommended that this is limited.
A circle or square layout with everyone looking into the centre is ideal for class discussions. It can also be effective layout for role-plays and demonstrations, though is it important to consider whether some students will be disadvantaged by having an awkward view, such as only seeing the back of the people in the centre. A variation on this layout would be a ‘horseshoe’ that leaves one side open to allow easier access to the centre of the group.
This is the traditional classroom configuration. Here, the desks are arranged in rows. This is well suited to activities that require the attention of the students to be directed towards the front of the room, such as for lecture-style content delivery, to watch a demonstration / role-play, or view a video.