Category Archives: Teaching shy students

Getting students to ask you questions

Analysis of why they don’t ask questions even when they have them and some possible solutions just up here: Dealing with students who are reluctant to ask questions

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Losing my best students

Getting back to my paranoid fears of the last post (because a blog might be time consuming and pay nothing, but unlike seeing a therapist it’s free), there definitely does seem to be one kind of student I have lost … Continue reading

Posted in ALT, Classroom management, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Eliciting, JET, Pairwork and groupwork, Problem students, Teaching English in Asia, Teaching English in China, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching English in Korea, Teaching shy students | 4 Comments

New TEFL articles October 2008

I have to fly away from my Yahoo BB internet connection now, and I may be some time. So while I am gone from cyberspace, you all have a chance to read the over 200 articles I’ve written elsewhere- starting … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative teaching techniques, Business English and ESP, Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Cultural differences/ cultural training, ELT publishing, Error correction, getting into ELT publishing, Grammar, Needs analysis, Photocopiable worksheets, Pre-experience learners, Problem students, Skills, Speaking, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Finland, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching shy students, TEFL, TEFL career planning | Tagged | 3 Comments

The benefits of teaching in Japan

Number one is that the status of English teachers is not so obviously low that when I met the love of my life and asked her to marry me she actually agreed! You won’t hear a lot about it on … Continue reading

Posted in Becoming a Director of Studies, Cross cultural training in EFL, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Discipline in the classroom, Eikaiwa, ELT management, English Teachers in Japan, IELTS, Job security, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Asia, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching English in Spain, Teaching Japanese primary school children, Teaching older students, Teaching shy students, TEFL, TESOL, TOEIC, Working conditions | 7 Comments

33 cultural differences to annoy you in the classroom

1. German students trying to be cool 2. Japanese students giggling at everything you say, until it just isn’t flattering anymore, however cute they are 3. Chinese students falling asleep, then making you feel guilty when you do the topic … Continue reading

Posted in Body language in the classroom, Classroom management, Cross cultural training in EFL, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Problem students, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching shy students, TEFL, TESOL | Leave a comment

Another day, another jumper

Someone else took their frustration out on the world by choosing rush hour to dive in front of the Tokyo-bound train again this morning. That’s one way of coping with pressure, I guess. It all makes me wonder- any Japanese … Continue reading

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X in the classroom

Teaching (college student) teenagers again despite my best efforts to avoid it, there is one factor in the classroom that stands out more than other kinds of classes and, subtly or sometimes not so subtly, affects the classroom dynamic of … Continue reading

Posted in English for study abroad, IELTS, Lesson observations, Needs analysis, slang, Teaching shy students, Teaching teenagers, TEFL, TESOL | 20 Comments