Like pulling teeth

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Like pulling teeth

Unread postby chadteacher » 18 Mar 2010, 06:43

I'm at a high school and my students are at a very low level. Sometimes I wonder if they understand anything at all that comes out of my mouth. Is it a good idea to just throw the text book away and almost start over for them? Some of them can barely string together three words. I want them to learn, but I also want them to enjoy it. Any ideas?

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Re: Like pulling teeth

Unread postby ICAL_Pete » 18 Mar 2010, 10:45

Take it right down. I was in a similar position once with one particular class so I went right back to basics. It worked as well.

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Re: Like pulling teeth

Unread postby YaoKB » 21 May 2010, 07:14

Hello, Chadteacher

I agree with taking it right down. I'm guessing that it's not only their English that's low, but also their attitude towards school and learning. So, use pictures, realia and other authentic materials to engage the learners even more. It's worked for me with a 6th Grade class. Social Studies topics can really appeal to teens who perhaps think they know a lot about life, people and the world around them. Discuss (to the best of their ability) culture, language, where people live, how people make a living, current affairs...

Hang in there! Better to have you pulling their teeth for the right reasons than them literally pulling yours for the wrong ones.

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Re: Like pulling teeth

Unread postby Alex Case » 22 May 2010, 11:32

This article on might help:
Speaking games for (false) beginners

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