4.2.4 Group IV

Group IV consists of four girls, G5, G6, G7, and G8. No teacher is present. The speaker graded by the S.E.B. was G5, who was assessed as General Level, Grade 3. The group has read Act I of Twelfth Night, and is discussing possible directions the plot might take. Each speaker has a list of five hypothetical endings to the play, lettered 'a' to 'e', which the group is trying to arrange in order of probability. The group is, at least to an extent, hierarchically structured. G5 is the most dominant speaker, and G6 acts as her closest ally. G7 appears to be lower down in the hierarchy, and G8 is on the fringes of the group. G5, G6 and G7 use co-operative features towards each other on the whole, despite the hierarchical organisation of the group. G8, however, uses competitive forms, and her contributions to the discussion are mostly disruptive.


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