I recently started learning a new language. Together with studying it, I am also attending a conversation group, where people learning the language and people with native proficiency in the same language meet and talk.
The conversation group has two levels: advanced and beginners. With the advanced, people communicate only in the target language, while with beginner people use a neutral language (English) and then practice small conversations in the target language with a guide. Joining one of the two is based on self assessment, and the guide is a native speaker.
I join the beginner level, and it's usually fine. The problem is that it sometimes happens that some attendee starts disrupting the group, i.e. in 3 out of 8 lessons it happened that, 3 different people had the following behaviors:
- rolls eye up and makes annoyed face when someone else is slow at introducing themselves
- starts playing with language apps on their phone when it's not their turn to speak
- starts advising the guide on which method is better to learn the language
- stops participating in the group, focusing on doing some written exercise
The guide, upon noticing this, usually asked them if they preferred to move to the advanced group. In all 3 cases they preferred to stay in the beginner group, without changing their behavior, though.
I find this really disruptive for the mood of the group: being all beginners I am sure nobody feels comfortable in stuttering few words, so an unwelcoming atmosphere is not going to make things easier.
How can I get this stranger to change their behavior when it is negatively impacting the conversation group?