Thank you for help with my last question. I am so glad you are there!!!
My story - In Central China. I teach Oral English and Phonetics to English Majors, to Chemistry Majors and to Maths Majors. They are about 18/19 years old. Large classes 50-60. A private college where they pay double that of university.
So the English Majors are fine - confident and want to speak. The Chemistry students I teach are also fine and I do their class on Thursdays, 14.30 - 16.10 - they speak in class. After this I teach Maths, on Thursdays 16.20-18.00, but they do not want to speak.
I have just started to teach this Maths class and the students are really reluctant to speak. I did another maths class up to now (for 8 weeks), then they finished their 8 weeks, now I have a different maths class, so I have seen them on 2 occasions now, once last week, once this week. Last week I asked them to do simple things - just introduce themselves, talk about their hobbies & family, they seemed fine with this. This week I did a presentation about English lifestyle with pictures and questions and tried to get them to take part too, but nothing, I felt all alone!!!!
I think they enjoy the class. So why is there such a problem? I asked them, one student said they re afraid to speak, shy and don't think they are very good. But I dont have this problem with the other classes. Maybe because I am British they are even more afraid to speak? I have tried many things, I speak to them in the break, I make individuals stand up and speak, encouraging them, but they say "I can't say it....I don't know.....Sorry I can't see the blackboard". I even asked a student just to read words from the screen, she said "I can't".
How can I get them to talk? I am afraid if they dont speak out in English they will end up just speaking Chinese and not listening to me. Help me please! Thank you Lucy.