I have never used a placement test because that ‘s out of the sphere of my responsibility so I focus on teaching the students who are registered in the class so I end up having around 30 students and all of them at different levels which makes my teaching way more difficult than usual.
Sometimes I got students who are starting to learn the language but they pick up on English fast and some of them don’t seem to be learning much. when that happens I usually think about my role as a teacher and their role as students
Trying to understand both roles in this process ,I began looking up definitions on Wikipedia and I like the definition of student .
A student is a learner, or someone who attends an educational institution
That means that I always end up having two types of students in my classes , the one who is a learner and the one who regularly attends to classes so I love the definition and I like the idea that these are not my words so I am not making all this up.
Wikipedia also defines an English Language Learner in this way
An English-language learner (often capitalized as English-Language Learner or abbreviated to ELL) is a person who is learning the English language in addition to their native language.
while checking that definition I read also about issues in the English Classroom and some of them have to do with the teachers.
The fourth critical issue is the attitudes of the teachers which plays a major role in the ESL classroom. Some teachers may have a negative, unwelcoming attitude. Research shows that teachers negative attitudes may stem from “chronic lack of time to address ELLs’ unique classroom needs”, “intensification of teachers workloads when ELLs are enrolled in mainstream classes”, and “feels of profession inadequacy to work with ELLS”. Also, the lack of training will have a huge impact on their teaching practices and professional development. The teachers will then be stressed and nervous to go about a lesson. Their anxiety will roll over into the classroom and have a negative impact on the ESL students’ performances. “Teachers’ language-acquisition misconceptions may color their attitudes towards ELLs and ELL inclusion, leading educators to misdiagnose learning difficulties or misattribute student failure to lack of intelligence or effort”.By providing a good learning environment, it will have a positive effect on the students overall success in terms of linguistic, social, cognitive, and academic developments. Systematic Integration of Culture, Literature and other Disciplines
so We all have roles, I don’t want to find myself in the position that teachers are perfect and that students with very poor grades don’t put much effort in learning the language because lots of elements come into play such as
- Students with different levels.
- Classroom packed with students.
- Bad attitude of students.
- Bad attitudes of teachers.
- Students who are unmotivated.
- Students in their silent period.
- Students who don’t study hard.
- Students in the wrong major.
It seems like there is a lot that needs to be done and lots of things to take into account but I know one thing for sure, If you work hard , something good is gonna happen to your English , No doubt about it .