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·Sit in groups of three or fours and discuss the following questions.

1)Can you give some examples of what you can accomplish only through teamwork?

A case in point is a chorus. It won’t work if any member tries to stand out and show off his or her own voice, however beautiful it may be. Only when all the members of the chorus sing well and in harmony can the performance be a success. And the role of teamwork can be well illustrated by a sports team such as a basketball team or a football team. It takes the cooperation of the whole team to win a game. If the players do not cooperate with one another and perform to the best of their ability, the team is bound to lose the game even if it may have one or two super starts. Another typical example is the building of skyscraper. It is obvious that any individual alone cannot accomplish the task.

2)Do you enjoy working with others? Why or why not?

Some people do enjoy working with others, because if they work by themselves all the time, they may feel lonely, bored, weak and helpless, particularly when they cannot solve the problems. So they believe in the power of teamwork and enjoy working with others.

But others prefer to work by themselves. While successful teamwork can help us accomplish things that cannot be accomplished by individual effort, working with other people involves a lot of complexities. For example, the performance of the team may suffer when a member fails to play his or her part well. Some people are just not team players. And there is also the issue of interpersonal relationships among team members. So when working by yourself, if you are in complete control of your work, there might be no need for you to adapt your working style to other’s.

3)Have you ever had any experience of successful cooperation with others? Describe it briefly.

This is an open question.

4)What should you keep in mind if you want to work well with others?

The answer may vary, too. Possible answers may include:

If I want to work well with others, I should

·ensure that my own objectives are in lines with my team.

·follow the regulations and rule that are necessary to the accomplishment of the team’s goals;

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