first year secondary students – problems

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  • 19sunflower
    21 May, 2013 at 15:59
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    I teach in an academy in Spain and I’m having trouble with my first year secondary school students. Firstly, I don’t really know how I should be teaching them. What should 12-13 year olds be able to do/say in English? I’m in charge of speaking activities but many of them aren’t interested in speaking English. They have a course book, but my colleagues in the academy don’t follow it. Their level is quite low.

    I’m getting quite desperate with this class. Can anyone help?

    25 May, 2013 at 7:29
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    Reply To: first year secondary students – problems

    It is a tough one but you should really make activities for them which they would enjoy. Relate the topics to something that may interest them.

    For example, look up some games they can play in the class related to the topic in the course book. This way, you indirectly follow the book without doing the boring grammar excercises that may be in it.

    As for their lack of interest in speaking English, think of some rewards you can give to them for making an effort. For example, who speaks the most get the least homework.

    It is a difficult age group but treat them like adults. Don´t patronise them.

    Good luck! :)

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