Difficult Class

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Difficult Class

Unread post by Kiwi » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:00 am

Hi there. I have a new class of beginner students. One student however is already at an intermediate level and I don't have the option of moving him to a more advanced class. The problem is he volunteers answers constantly and now the other students rely on him to do all of the work. And also look to him for translations of vocabulary. Does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with this situation? All suggestions are most appreciated!!

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Unread post by Lynn » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:50 am

Is it possible for you to make this talkative student a student assistant? Instead of allowing him to hijack the class, give him jobs to do in the class that will free up your time and actually benefit the other students.
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Unread post by cairogal » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:29 pm

I had the problem myself. I ended up creating alternative tasks for him that presented more of a challenge. If the other students were doing a book exercise on listening comprehension, I would create something for him (same content) at a higher level.

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Unread post by Ele » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:29 am

When asking a question, first name the student to answer. Choose naming that advanced student only when others fail.

I also have been in a similar situation. The person is at a disadvantage because she/he cannot learn but has to help instead. But administration rarely cares, they mix students because there are no teachers. I hate it.

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