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    florimtaari is offline Newbie
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    hi,,
    i'm from indonesia
    i've just graduated from my study, and now i'm teaching in an english course,,
    i have a problem in teaching my junior high students, they have a very little willingness in learning english, they do not want to try to speak english in my class though i've tried hard for it.
    their main reason is that because they do not understand english,,
    can you help me to make them want to learn and speak english..
    one more additional information about these students is that they've already had so many courses before coming to my class that make them tired to learn more,
    thank you.

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    Default Re: increase students' willingness

    You should refer your question to a psychologist.
    This should have been covered in your teacher training.

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    Default Re: increase students' willingness

    Quote Originally Posted by florimtaari View Post
    hi,,
    i'm from indonesia
    i've just graduated from my study, and now i'm teaching in an english course,,
    i have a problem in teaching my junior high students, they have a very little willingness in learning english, they do not want to try to speak english in my class though i've tried hard for it.
    their main reason is that because they do not understand english,,
    can you help me to make them want to learn and speak english..
    one more additional information about these students is that they've already had so many courses before coming to my class that make them tired to learn more,
    thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Teacher Florimtaari,


    (1) Congratulations on your graduation and your new position as a teacher

    of English. I am sure that you will be very successful.

    (2) Here are a few ideas that might help you (of course, junior high

    students are very difficult to teach and control because of their

    age):

    (a) If they see that you are really enthusiastic about English,

    some of that enthusiasm may motivate them.

    (b) Try to really understand English grammar yourself. If the students

    suspect that your understanding of grammar is weak, they will lose

    respect for you and lose interest in the class.

    (c) Think of interesting activities and lessons. There are many

    websites that suggest ways how to teach English in a non-boring

    way. Needless to say, you need to use lots of visual aids. Start

    collecting photographs from magazines. Also use what is called

    realia. That is, real things. Don't just say "orange." Pass a real

    orange around for them to feel.



    (d) If you can show your students how English can help them

    personally, then they will begin to take an interest.

    (e) Of course, they need to feel that you really respect them.

    Don't ever embarrass them. Never criticize them in front of the class.

    If you make a mistake in grammar, admit it.

    (f) Have some kind of reward system. Maybe a student gets a star

    on the chart each time she answers correctly. Occasionally give

    a treat (some kind of pastry) to the whole class when they have

    done especially well.

    (g) Remember: the beginning of the class period is vital. When they

    walk in, have something for them to copy (maybe a quotation or a

    three short questions to answer). This will quiet them down.

    Best of luck to you.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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    Sylvia Roig is offline Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by florimtaari View Post
    hi,,
    i'm from indonesia
    i've just graduated from my study, and now i'm teaching in an english course,,
    i have a problem in teaching my junior high students, they have a very little willingness in learning english, they do not want to try to speak english in my class though i've tried hard for it.
    their main reason is that because they do not understand english,,
    can you help me to make them want to learn and speak english..
    one more additional information about these students is that they've already had so many courses before coming to my class that make them tired to learn more,
    thank you.
    Hi, congratulations for achieving your Teaching Certificate! I think that I can understand your problem as I faced some similar difficulties last year when teaching English to teenagers and finally suceeded.
    Maybe you can adapt the program to something that really captures students' interests according to their age. I would try surprising them by downloading some songs and music they like and make them listen to them and get the vocabulary and grammar from there. I hope this gives you good results and you can start making the difference with the courses they've studied in the past.

    Best regards and good luck!
    Sylvia Roig

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