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The longest 50 minute of my life

One of the dilemmas of an ESL online Instructor is having an unresponsive student. I just had one this morning and having a class with her is such a drag. 50 minutes felt like forever and I was extending my patience as I didn't want to be rude.

A good student is one who elaborates a yes or no question without being asked to explain. A talkative student is a good student. A student who makes sense, is a good student.

So what about the student this morning? Well, if you ask her a yes or no question she will answer you with this: EEEHHH! Is that a yes or a no? Who knows?!

When you ask her to give an opinion. She will give you a single sentence with probably less than 10 words! What an opinionated lady (sarcasm, sarcasm)!

I told myself I should be picky with whom to accept in my class because I don't want such burden. I'm such a bad teacher!


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BarbRad wrote on January 27, 2015, 2:12 AM

When you accept someone into your class you have no good way of knowing how they will behave.

arthurchappell wrote on January 27, 2015, 3:54 AM

Presumably the student's work is graded by you with tests and points and assessments so if the student isn't trying maybe points reflecting that will help encourage him or her to make more effort - it's not your fault. Good luck.

MegL wrote on January 27, 2015, 4:22 AM

Love the picture! There could be many reasons for this. Maybe they are being forced to take the class, maybe they were brought up in a family where not much speaking is done, maybe they are frightened to be "wrong".

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:40 AM

Right! The good thing is they renew on a monthly basis. So I took note not renewing this student when she finishes her one month class with me. :)

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:41 AM

In ESL online tutorial class it doesn't work that way. No grades, no assessment. The student just needs someone they could talk to so he or she could improve or maintain his/her conversational skill.

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:42 AM

Hi there! It's been awhile. Nope nobody forces them to take the class. She's a married woman in her early 50s who decided to enter my class so she could improve her conversational skill.

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:11 PM

Lol! Oh how I would love to be able to say that to her. However, in our culture, and my student's culture, we can't seem to be too blunt and we have to be mindful of what we say especially to those who are older than us and she happens to be about 15 years older than me.

RubyMoon53 wrote on January 27, 2015, 7:22 PM

Improve or maintain conversational skill?!?! Not much conversation going on there at all!! emoticon :sad:

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 8:56 PM

Exactly! That's why it was the longest 50-minute of my life.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 28, 2015, 11:42 AM

Sorry to hear about this. Maybe your student doesn't really want to learn and is just being forced to take the class. Are you using some site to teach the student? Maybe it is best to just choose those students who really want to learn so you won't have a hard time.

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:22 PM

NOpe. I have actually responded to another user who had the same opinion as you. She's over 50 and nobody forced her at all. It's her choice to join my class and she practically begged just to get in. Nope i don't use a site to advertise my teaching class at all. Some students of mine recommended me to their friends and their friends' friends recommended me to their friends and it just spread like an epidemic. I have refused too many students already and I'm sure after a month's class, I will have to turn this student down.