TEFL why oh why oh why Part One- Why don’t students do homework?

Now that “Paul Lowe” and “Windsor TEFL” are so many places on the web he can hardly have time to write threatening emails to them all let alone sue them, I can strike up my pipe, put on my tweed jacket with the leather elbow patches, gaze at my navel and get back to considering “What is the meaning of TEFL?”

In today’s episode, Uncle Alex will consider “Why don’t my students (especially the adults) pull their socks up and do their homework?” It could be because they are trying to drive me to such fits of disbeliving fury that I keel over from a heart attack and they get a teacher who isn’t so keen. It could be because they are M* and hoping I will introduce corporal punishment. Alternatively, it could be because:

1. It’s boring
2. They don’t understand the instructions/ what to do
3. It’s too difficult
4. It’s too easy
5. They could understand the language, but couldn’t think of any ideas (e.g. arguments for and against or a storyline)
6. It’s not their priority, e.g. because it doesn’t involve speaking
7. They just forgot/ forgot exactly what they had to do
8. They don’t find time/ have bad time management
9. It’s a minor rebellion
10. They don’t see the point/ don’t think it will improve their English
11. Doing homework seems childish
12. They lack a place where they can do it in peace and quiet
13. They lack equipment (e.g. a CD player)
14. They have their own self-study materials or habits which they prefer
And here’s what you can do about it/ do about some of those points:

Read the rest of the first of my series of “Why” articles on Usingenglish here and links to the rest of the series are here.

* As in the Japanese question “Are you S or are you M?”

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2 Responses to TEFL why oh why oh why Part One- Why don’t students do homework?

  1. Sandy says:

    Well, here’s one to add – Paul Lowe’s “Windsor List” for/of aspiring Teflers…

    Click to access windsor-list-brochure.pdf

    I’m sure that a few gullible punters will be found for this new wheeze of his – unfortunately. Even with his reputation!

  2. derek hj says:

    Anyone wanting to touch the Windsor TEFL List, please use a very long bargepole. And I can guarantee that the images in this pdf bear no relation to the damp and smelly basement at 21 Osbourne Road in which Windsor trainees suffer their ‘course.’ I know, because I’ve been in there in the heat of summer and seen people drinking out of a tap in the toilets because there’s no water dispenser on the premises.
    Lovely! Twenty Euros please.

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