Ahead of his talk at IATEFL Liverpool, Edmund Dudley looks at ways of motivating certain difficult types of teenage learners.
I have two types of teenage student.
First, there are the tortoises. They feel they do not have enough English lessons in a week. Whatever their level of English might be, they feel it is not good enough – or that they will never be good enough to have a conversation with a native speaker or to enjoy a film in English. They feel slow and awkward.
I know how to work with this kind of student – and how important it is to be patient, encouraging and supportive. I think we all do.
What about the second type?
The second type are the hares. They are the ones who feel that they have too many English lessons in a week. They are happy with their level of English –…
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