Fishbowl discussions are an amazing tool for small groups. They can be used in an academic resource setting or ESL. Students must read, write, listen, speak, and use evidence. Plus they have SO MUCH FUN sharing their opinions with one another. Discussions can become very heated- in a good way!
1- Grading rubric
2- Graphic organizer for students
3- Detailed instructions for running successful groups
4- Accountable talk sentence starters
I did these with a mixed group of beginning - advanced ESL students with great success.