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    Dear all,

    I had taught one year and did other jobs. Now I'm back on teaching. However, my students are getting really bored with the classes but I have to follow the methodology of a book strictly and that implies repetition and the same steps. I have tried to vary but they're still bored to the point of having problems with the order and discipline of the class. I teach two groups. One has 24 students between 7 and 15 years old and the other has 9 students between 19 and 30 years old. I'm desperate and don't know what to do. I would be most grateful if you could give some practical advice to solve this matter.

    Thank you so much,

    Peter Brown

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    How inflexible are the management? This sounds like quite a structural problem; the age range of the first class is very wide. In all honesty, if I were in your shoes, I would be looking for another place to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How inflexible are the management? This sounds like quite a structural problem; the age range of the first class is very wide. In all honesty, if I were in your shoes, I would be looking for another place to work.
    Much TEFL is a money-grubbing racket, and schools that insist on a single method are often the worst offenders. You could make the situation better, by doing a lot of homework (devising and/or finding activities to reinforce the lessons in the book); but this would be a lot of work and would be hard to 'hide' from management. So I'd take Tdol's way out.

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    Why don't you make a survey among your students? It might support you in front of the management.

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    When I ask my students they say the class goes too slowly and therefore they get bored and tired of repetition. I asked the management about flexibility and they said I could vary activities as long as the competencies are achieved. I mentioned that big groups are hard to provide the appropriate support to every student but they said they have always have classes like that. The thing is that I haven't got another job yet!!

    If you can think of any really fun and easy to apply activities I would thank you because for now I have to cope with it. I really appreciate the advice and support you have given me, thank you guys!!

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    First of all, I think you can preapare a questionnaire to know what your students' interests are. You can organize your class easily in the light of this questionnaire.
    Last edited by belkıs; 28-Jul-2008 at 18:39.

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    I've already done a questionnaire and will start using it, I'll let you know the results, thanks again guys!

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    Dear Peter:
    this is Mohammed aboudome' Teacher of English for at least 14 years. I taught different classes with different ages. I faced similar situations and asked for help. Somethimes you need to be creative and encouraging. As for your class, I think if you can change your teaching style to a akind of competion among your students, they will get motivated. But this will not be since the first step. You have to keep going on. You can divide your class into groups, 3 or 4. Make the prize for those who repeat without mistakes and performs perfectly , a short time of break; 5 or 8 miutes. Why break? Because they are bored and break is their goal. In order to achieve their goal, they will participate well without knowing they are learning. I hope this works with you. It seem you are a good teacher but your students need more time .l

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    Try to use student-centered instruction:organize them and let them do and learn while you just act as a director,facilitator, helper.

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    Dear teacher.
    Each teacher must have been through this. i personally have. however, i tried a lot of techniques to over come. the most useful one was to use a little bit difficult language while teaching. this was useful because students didnt use to be in such experience, they will find some kind of challenge and they will try to concentrate.
    At the end of the week you should make a test to put eachof them in his right size.
    Although studentds dont seem to be interested at first, but they do care for grades and they always accept the challange.

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