CLASS DISRUPTION BY ONE STUDENT

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MaureenQC
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CLASS DISRUPTION BY ONE STUDENT

Unread post by MaureenQC » 19 Oct 2018, 23:52

I teach English conversation to retired and semi-retired ESL students. Between 35-50 % of the class touches on communication tools such as vocabulary, phrasal verbs and collocations and the remainder is devoted to conversation activities in the form of table games, Taboo, Scattergories, and the list goes on.

One student has hearing problems but refuses to wear a hearing aid. In the teaching portion he asks his classmates to explain things that he hasn’t heard. I have told him I would be pleased to answer all of his questions myself, but he prefers to turn to his neighbour(s) for help.. Some of the strategies I’ve tried are stopping the class until he rejoins us, continuing with the others expecting he will catch up, switching him from one group to another to see if it is a question of camaraderie with one particular student, etc. But no luck! Then he asks me to repeat the part he missed.

As far as I am concerned, he can do this in the conversation activities within the small groups. It will be up to his classmates whether this is a problem for them.

This is so very annoying. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to contend with this situation? I would very much appreciate it.

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Re: CLASS DISRUPTION BY ONE STUDENT

Unread post by Briona » 20 Oct 2018, 06:44

Hi there,
MaureenQC wrote:
19 Oct 2018, 23:52
In the teaching portion he asks his classmates to explain things that he hasn’t heard.
It's not clear from the information you've given whether the students take any notes or not. I think it's important for students (especially weak ones) to have a clear, written record of new language, which they can refer to during speaking activities in class. They can also go over it again at home.
MaureenQC wrote:
19 Oct 2018, 23:52
This is so very annoying. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to contend with this situation? I would very much appreciate it.
Have you considered getting him to record (part of) the lesson using his mobile phone? Not only would that give him an aural record, but it would allow him to review the content as many times as he likes in his free time. Even if he never referred to it again, knowing that he had it might stop him from disrupting the lesson.

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Re: CLASS DISRUPTION BY ONE STUDENT

Unread post by MaureenQC » 20 Oct 2018, 13:26

Thanks for replying.

Most of the students take notes. I have never noticed whether he does or not but he can only note what he hears. So...

However, your suggestion that he record with his mobile phone is very interesting. I don't know if his phone has the option and if he is sufficiently tech savvy but I will certainly look into it.

Hopefully he hasn't become enamoured with the attention he is getting.

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