Hi, I'm new to this forum, glad to be here! I have a question about how you handle difficult or stubborn students.
I teach via Skype (private classes) and for the most part it works very well. I am fortunate to have great students, all very nice people and easy to work with, ....except one. A nice woman but I am having a very difficult time making any progress with her. For example:
Grammar - no, she doesn't want to bother with that
Listening exercises - only if she can have the transcript of the conversation with the audio tape. I explain repeatedly that this is not a good habit to develop but to no avail - "it's too hard, too much for me, etc." Even going to a lower level listening exercise doesn't change anything.
Videos for listening and speaking practice - only once in awhile, "it's too much for me"
She does not listen to instructions, when she doesn't like an exercise or if she has to try a little bit to get it, she just tunes out and goes looking for something that she wants to do, which is basically talk, only she can't really do that because she has no grammar, listening or speaking skills developed....
I am patient, I try to explain, to guide, to... you name it, all to no avail. I feel like I am wasting her money and my time.
How would some of you handle this type of student? I'm not the type to just throw up my hands in defeat, but I certainly can't give her the magic pill that will make her speak perfect English without doing the work like she seems to want. So, I'm coming here to see if anyone can offer some suggestions that I might try before I decide if I should just tell her that we maybe aren't a good fit and she might do better with a different teacher or perhaps in a classroom situation with other students. HELP! and thank you!