Do you categorize your EFL/ESL students in types?

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  • mahmood
    20 March, 2017 at 21:39
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    Hello everyone.
    When I teach my EFL classes, I frequently recognize typical learner behavior. For instance, I can normally quite easily differentiate between the studious type of student and the playful-easygoing type. Or between the talkative-and-inattentive type and the shy-unconfident-but-attentive type. I wondered if other EFL/ESL teachers also viewed their students in typical categories. Do you, as an EFL/ESL teacher recognize different student types in your classes? Do you categorize your students’ performance in terms of typical patterns of behavior, personality, or achievement?

    I would appreciate any answers based on your normal practice and classroom experience. In addition to writing your views here, and if you are interested in this topic, I would appreciate if you could also fill out a short online survey that I have developed on the same topic:

    24 March, 2017 at 12:49
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    I sent this questionnaire to several of my colleagues. I hope it helps you.

    Promise Opens Doors
    26 March, 2017 at 21:44
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    Hello Everyone,

    I think any teacher in any subject can characterize the students within their class. It does not matter if they are EFL students. After a few days, it’s quite easy to differentiate the studious from the talkative, the shy from the boisterous.
    As one gets to know his/her students, and depending on the students’ levels of interest/knowledge, I have seen students alter their behavior and become part of a different group.

    29 March, 2017 at 1:33
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    Yes, I think most of us do. I always broke my students up into two basic categories – The A Students (fast learners) and The B students (slow learners).

    Trying to teach them all together is a mistake. If you teach at the pace of the fast learners, the slow learners get frustrated, and lose hope and motivation. If you teach at the pace of the slow students, the fast learners get bored.

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