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how to improve the students' interest

Post by wangyu » Tue May 30, 2006 8:58 am

8) i teach English in a high school. one class i'm teaching is really in bad situation. i began to teach them just this term and their scores were the lowest in Grade one when i took it, and now it is also the lowest. most of the students are not interested in English at all, it's difficult for me to arouse their interest to learn English. i don't know what to do. maybe next term i will not teach them any longer, but i want to do something to change their situation of learning English even if i couldn't improve their scores. could you please give me some advice? thank you!

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Post by emile » Wed May 31, 2006 12:41 am

Hi Wangyu,

If you have control over the curriculum, there is a lot you can do, if not...

Most high school students recognise that English is the language of the Internet, western music, Hollywood. You can spice up your lessons with songs and movies to get them interested.

Set reasonable targets for them, and discuss the targets individually. I once had a class like that, and I found that out of about 35 students, I was surprised to find that five or six were actually very motivated, but had been dragged down by the majority.

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Post by Heads Up English » Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:01 am

There isn't an easy answer to this one. We've all been in similar positions, or know of a friend who has, and not any one solution works.

But that doesn't help you, does it?!

A co-worker uses this for some of his university classes. And although you are teaching high school, there isn't THAT much difference between students who are sixteen and students who are eighteen.

1) At the beginning of the term, he gives the students a few topics to talk about. He asks them to communicate in English for as long as possible, but if they must resort to their native language, that's fine. He switches partners, then has them repeat the conversation. He asks at the end: "How long did you speak only in English today?" Most answers range around the 1-minute mark, sometimes less.

2) He continually builds their speaking ability through the term. Yes, they make grammar mistakes. Yes, they mix up vocabulary. But he wants them to get the language out, errors and all. During each lesson, he gives them conversation time, with questions based on topics of interest.

3) At the mid-term and at the end of the sixteen weeks, he asks: "How long did you speak only in English today?" Nearly always there is an improvement, even if it is up to two or three minutes of English conversation. However, because the students can measure their improvement, it adds to their confidence and interest. They can see English as a useful tool, rather than a boring subject they may never use.

Hope this helps.

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Discover Student Interests; Pander and Upgrade their visions

Post by Eric18 » Tue May 29, 2007 11:24 am

Have you tried just asking a simple question each day on the attendance sheet? This simple technique allows you to learn more about student interests, provides a place for students to share their ideas, and creates more of a unified classroom. You can ask "what's your favorite song/website/TV show/ electronic product/movie " every day. You can also use the sign-in sheet to reinforce course content.

Personally, I use the information to pander to student interests and push them to upgrade their interests by taking a more objective look. If they idolize a fashion model, then ask them to write a paper about the modeling industry. Push them to adopt a more academic vocabulary, etc. Tell them to use a minimum of 7 sources - including the trade publications. You just start where they are and build on their interests.

As Emerson noted years ago, "the secret of education is to respect the pupil."

Just my perspective.

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Post by joycelijuan » Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:38 am

I think you have given a lot of effective advices, and i want to add one thing--we should encourage students to say, if they make mistakes in class, as a teacher, you cannot give them negative response. Every one likes to listen praise or positive resonses, so what you need to do is to give them confidence.

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Encourage Students

Post by Eric18 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:59 pm

We agree. Often, I lead with praise and correct by example rather than explicitly correcting a students. This indirect method seems quite effective with insecure students. As you noted, students like to listen to praise.

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Post by yanyin » Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:58 am

i agree, we should encourage the students to speak out . They can express themselve freely and use the english to communicate with others. It is very important. And praise can motivate them to speak. then they can express themselves fluently. They may be interested in english.

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Make it about them as much as possible

Post by Karenne » Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:52 pm

Hi colleagues,

I've actually written a blog posting about this theme and issues related to student-centered training, it's here: ... aking.html

Another entry that might be of interest is on motivation: ... ation.html

Take care,

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Post by Danielprice » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:15 am

Read, read and read! Reading is the best way to improve the interest in English language.
Use simple topics about themselves and their interests.
What to read?
Newspapers, books of your interest, online articles which including news and informative topics, magazines, menus, advertising material, advertisement boards, anything you can your eyes on!

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Post by silencedobetter » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:52 am

It's helpful to go out of your way and find out what interests them. For example, I try to know all Disney characters and use them as examples when teaching kindergarten. For high school students, it helps to be updated with the trending news and pop culture. For adults- current events. Once you have these knowledge on your sleeves, it would help capture their attention inside the classroom and will also make your students feel more comfortable around you.

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Re: how to improve the students' interest

Post by tracy18 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:13 am

Being a science teacher, I know how hard it can be to get your students interested in the lesson. Generally, I mould my teaching methods according to the demographics of my class ie age, grade, gender, interests etc. Recently, I had an opportunity to teach in an all girls school, so I used stories about female achievers in the field of science to get their attention. I felt that the girls needed female role models from the science field to feel connected and to feel motivated to pursue higher ed in science.

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Re: how to improve the students' interest

Post by luciansw » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:17 am

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