This weeks meeting focused solely on students. How to evaluate students? How many levels exist in English? and teaching students who don't want to learn.
We often find that when level testing students they are placed in the wrong groups/levels. This is not a mistake from the examiner but a lack of confidence from the students when doing the test. I believe that rather than focusing on grammar and structures we should also take a look at pronunciation and confidence, then we will be able to grade them on those criteria.
In our method of teaching there are 5 levels: Absolute Beginners (S1), beginners (P2), pre-intermediate (p3), intermediate (p4) and advanced (p5). When level testing students in a company it is often difficult to separate groups and we find students with different levels in one class. This happens because some students are afraid or lack confidence when expressing themselves in English and therefore changes might occur.
The toughest part of teaching is teaching those who do not want to learn. How can we as teachers get ourselves in the right mindset to teach?