When I teach my EFL classes, I frequently recognize typical learner behavior. For instance, I can normally quite easily differentiate between the studious type of student and the playful-easygoing type. Or between the talkative-and-inattentive type and the shy-unconfident-but-attentive type. I wondered if other EFL teachers also viewed their students in typical categories. Do you, as an EFL teacher recognize different student types in your classes? Do you categorize your students’ performance in terms of typical patterns of behavior, personality, or achievement?
I am sure every one of us have to at some point think about this issue.
I would appreciate any answers based on your normal practice and classroom experience. In addition to writing your views here, and if you are interested in this topic, I would appreciate if you could also fill out a short online survey that I have developed on the same topic:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp ... Q/viewform
For general discussion between ESL teachers.