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Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 12th, 2007, 03:31 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

I had that with 'How do you do?'. I told them that 'Nice to meet you' was fine, indeed in most cases more appropriate, but they wouldn't have it.
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 6th, 2007, 08:07 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

You what????!!!!
Please tell me you're exaggerating. I've never had anyone actually fall asleep, although a few have been close. I've never actually been riled by it as they are usually shift workers...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 5th, 2007, 04:06 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

Yes, that too. Italy has actually introduced a law banning them in high school, much to the annoyance of the students but above all the parents! How can you fight this if the parents see nothing...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 4th, 2007, 04:16 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

Right, sorry to bring up this old subject again but I've just remembered another one (or should I say a new student is doing something I had forgotten about).

'Turn to page 26, please'

The student...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 4th, 2006, 02:25 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

I was trying a simple drill but had to give up for the same reasons. Couldn't take them outside but gave them a 'free drawing' to do. Nightmare!
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 4th, 2006, 02:23 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

It's not just me then!?
The ones that don't do their homework and don't participate in communication activities are usually the ones who complain the most and are the first to say "We didn't learn...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 1st, 2006, 05:39 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

You're absolutely right. I had a really difficult kid who spent his whole time trying to find my limits. Once he'd found them we then had a standoff for about a week where he passed many a lesson in...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 30th, 2006, 01:33 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

yeah, infuriating. I get a similar thing with the kids. Instead of saying they don't know, they'll deliberately say the wrong word . . .and then laugh. This then sets off the whole class. At that...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 30th, 2006, 01:27 am
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

Oh yes! But aren't they also the ones who seem to have the ring volume set so that people in the neighbouring towns can hear it too?

If they're company managers etc I get them to answer it OUTSIDE...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 28th, 2006, 12:08 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

Not only does it ring, but they've even got the cheek to answer it! :(
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 28th, 2006, 12:06 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
Re: What do your classes do that drives you mad?

But then disrupts the class later when complaining that he doesn't understand or , better still, that 'we haven't done that yet'!
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 27th, 2006, 12:15 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 8,391
Posted By clivehawkins
What do your classes do that drives you mad?

Ok - get it off your chest. Here's your chance to moan about your students' annoying habits.

I'll start you off with those who just can't keep up when you're checking homework. You and the rest of...
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