1. Thanks. It is rare, indeed, to find a subject matter expert, and those who can teach the subject are replaced by those who spend their time teaching methodology, strategies, and pedagogy in the classroom and ignoring the language and its nuances from reading comprehension to spelling, composition, and so forth. Ben_Anderson from New Zealand, Auckland on May 04, 2011: I found this article to be absolutely amazing. In order to avoid this problem, it's important to make sure your instruction are clear. Having the earned doctorate (Carnegie-Mellon University) and numerous publications (including the book Business English: from Grammar to Writing), while I taught at Universidad César Vallejo in Chiclayo, I was tasked with teaching English grammar, investigation using English as the primary tool, reading, writing, and other similar courses, to the teachers (profesors/profesoras) at the University. From start till end it is interesting and attractive. It merits "Up" by all standards. Students become overly dependent on the teacher. 9 challenges students face in school are poverty, homeless families, child abuse and neglect, bullying (including cyber bullying), violence, obesity and eating disorders, sex and pregnancy, suicide, drugs, and dropping out. Focus on calling on weaker students in the class to answer questions. That is how I look at is as well. The hub is really great. Factual material is easier to test 3. I would love to learn ESL, with some of this info I think even at my age I could pick up on it. There is little encouragement for curiosity 7. Another idea is to establish a set of class rules and develop a penalty system for when they use their first language. While these problems could be applied to an ESL classroom, I think that these are just as prevalent in high school and university foreign language classes. If tardiness becomes a problem for members of your class, make sure they are disciplined. All this makes it harder for a student to concentrate. Concerning the problems faced by the experienced and the newly employed teachers, they shared the same types of problems. Switching from traditional classroom and face to face instructor training to computer-based training in a virtual classroom makes the learning experience entirely different for students. Anxiety Problems Affect and Mood Problems Social and Interpersonal Problems 76 IV.Increasing the School’s Capacity to Prevent and Ameliorate Problems A.apacity Building for Teachers and School Staff C 100 The Role of Support Staff 110 B. Your article resonates with me, as I have substituted for ESL teachers in two districts and I encounter ESL students in my mainstream classes. bjornborgboxers from The Netherlands on September 20, 2011: Good Hub. The four main aspects of problems identified are the resources, trainings and experience, teachers' problems with the students and language. For the one, maybe two hours that students are in the class, I think they should speak English. Background Children with hearing impairment may have partial or full hearing loss on one or both ears (Hardman et al, 2005).The Using Nudge Theory in Your Corporate Online Learning Classes, Bringing Education into the Business World, You Must Include These 3 Things in Your Edtech Business Plan, Edtech Marketing Ideas to Implement Right Now, How Your Edtech Startup Can Make the Leap from Failure to Funded. If the teacher obliges them with the answer each time, it can become a detrimental problem. Thanks man... mviadam - I couldn't agree more. Strictly to pass a course in English to get a degree, such as at USAT, USS, and other schools, is a waste of time. If the tension persists, switching a student to another classroom may be your only option. In order to resolve the issue, an ESL teacher must be strict and institute discipline if needed. Thank you for this list. Keep me posted on what you do, or better yet, write a hub about it. I've been trying to see how success might be achieved as a hub writer by going to high scorer's hubs. A long-heated debate and withstanding issue in schools is classroom sizes. I disagree. Edtech has transformed the way learning is carried out in classrooms. Spread the loveCovid-19 has not only changed education as we know it, but it has forced education technology (EdTech) to up its game. But hey, we're all human. Let us know if you have found additional EdTech resources that can help educators deal with classroom problems and issues. Spread the loveThe EdTech industry is dominated by white employees, white leaders, and white entrepreneurs. Thanks for the comment. Suggest and evaluate possible solutions to these problems.International students are the ones that are coming to study in a foreign country or foreign educational institutions. kims3003 - I'm glad you can see my hard work. I wouldn't recommend a penalty like the reciting of a poem as punishment for speaking Spanish. Now its effects are reaching into the field of higher education. These things must be kept in mind by anyone considering teaching, not just ESL, but any subject. This is the job of an ESL teacher first and foremost. Most Peruanos seek only the diploma, and quickly forget what little English is learned. You are telling the student that English is superior to their native language. These issues broadly fall into two categories: student problems and parental problems. A good ESL teacher must be able to recognize these common problems, and work to find solutions. Mental health problems in school students Due to a lack of experience, in dealing with challenges, students can face stress, anxiety, and depression. The following will outline 10 of the most common classroom problems faced when teaching English as a foreign language, and just how to solve them. I think you have done great effort to share this information. That was such an interesting read. Spread the loveU.S. I'm sure your teachers care...about...something...haha. It's not enough for the pupils,eg., of the 2nd or 3rd form just to hear my pronunciation of the word for remembering it. How much were you paid to write such a blessed hub response. I am certified to teach English 7-12 and Business, but I was laid off by a NYC school that fired untenured teachers at higher step pay levels because of multiple Masters degrees. The teacher gets screwed from both ends--by the students who are never happy with the class, and by the school who jerk you around like a plug and play toy. As an ESL teachers in lovely Afghanistan. Thanks for the comment. An adolescent class would be rough for me to handle. I make them stand on their chair with one leg for ten minutes...haha...J.K. 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Although, I don't think asking students who forget to speak in English to read a poem in front of the class is a good idea. I couldn't imagine shaming my students. Mecheshier - ...and thank you for the comment... poojabrahmi - I have never thought of it in that way. What shall I do instead of this? Although it does not serve to seriously impair individual function, it can be a problem area. Tardiness was a problem because they didn't see it as a problem. Threats related to working and learning efficiently in class have also been documented in some recent research of students with type 1 diabetes. Mechanical responses from the learners often results, like, "May I buy it's a pencil?, Can I borrow your this is a ball?, etc." TheDivineYou - Very true...thanks for the comment. After working at many ESL schools over the years, I've come to the conclusion that ESL is largely a racket. Become colleagues and you will be able to copy each other’s questions. We plan to cover the PreK-12 and Higher Education EdTech sectors and provide our readers with the latest news and opinion on the subject. I thought it would be too easy to simply write about the problems so I am excited by your solutions and such honesty! Environment matter most in learning and teaching the English language. You are so dumb kids do not do that and I am a teacher in oxford. I think you just identified the problems many students have, included myself. If the teacher obliges them with the answer each time, it can become a detrimental problem. A great "how to"! The results show the various problems faced by students and teachers in learning and teaching Mathematics in Higher Secondary levels. Imagine this: you have 5 colleagues. cashmere - Very true, thanks for the comment. If the entire class is acting up, it may be the fault of the teacher, i.e. Civilzations have grown and developed on the basis of languages. However, if the lesson strays too far off topic, in a direction you don't want it to go, it's important to correct the problem by diverting the conversation. I believe one big problem is if they know that you understand their native language!!! Spread the loveToday, I received an email from the middle school principal in Los Angeles. teachers are native-speaking Peruanos who have a modest knowledge of the English language, but concentrate on methodology and strategies. I have just started teaching in a primary school in china i have 95 kids per lesson and even the chinese english teachers cant control them very well any advice? The hub topic is very effective. The teachers I taught did not know the difference between adverbs and adjectives, nor understand their use in a sentence. I tried to hide my knowledge of Spanish when I was taught in Spain...they slowly caught on though. Thoroughly embittering. After all, we are now and have always been a nation of immigrants. boring material or poor classroom management. Hezekiah - I agree, that is a big problem. The inability to make full use of the senses is therefore a huge obstacle for classroom instruction. You should NEVER tell a student to stop speaking their native language. School is no place for silly 8. Spread the loveThe algorithm has proven itself to be a handy tool when it comes to solving education problems. But the truth is, tardiness is not only rude, it can be distracting and disruptive to other students. Fortunately, with proper planning, this problem can be solved. This will automatically give them some motivation and interest. In a virtual classroom, instructors cannot see the learners. Java Programs from India on March 05, 2012: yes it is difficult deal for a teacher to teach English as second language. If teachers knew English and not just methodologies on how to teach it, Perú would not be in last place with PISA or other agencies that judge the level of knowledge. I fully agry with your vision of a process of teaching FL. To some extent, this can be a good thing. munirahmadmughal - Wow! He is the Lord of all Honour. Nice HUB, I have had some experience here in Japan. You are refreshing. While it is good to have some students who excel in the classroom, it is important that they don't take away from others. Make sure students are all on the same page before moving onto a new topic by concept checking multiple times, and encouraging individual participation. I work in a state school with the children of the 2nd till the 10th forms. I think that all these contribute to the fact that most students don't walk out of highschool speaking another language. It is an old good MS Word file. firstname.lastname@example.org. Teacher is a blessing and a teacher who teaches a language other than the mother tongue is a further blessing. Choose a juicy theme to the lesson; one that the students can relate to and one you know they will enjoy. Abdulcader M. Alsoufi on February 11, 2017: I experienced those problems mentioned above but I think based on my experience if you can be more fun like give a joke like making funny example that can start the class laugh, it can help warm up the classroom to start a day. write, or speak the language, and the administration and owners of the schools and universities accept it, claiming what is important is to get the money so the leaders can run for President of Peru or sit in the unicameral Congress in Lima. Iam doing M.A research .It is about problems encountered by teachers of English in teaching weak classes at secondary level. Thanks again. gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on September 08, 2011: I teach ESL to adults, and sometimes have students with some of these traits. This research study examined the problems and challenges of inclusive education programme for students with special needs at primary education level. Jeff Davis (author) from California on February 08, 2011: Brian S - But Brian, It's an English language class. They expect to be entertained, refuse to read. It’s also not without bias. We started this journey back in June 2016, and we plan to continue it for many more years to come. Not everyone in an ESL classroom will become the best of friends. Classroom is very important for the learning activities of school students. glad I could help. Great HUB but I think every article like this should be very clear whether you are offering advice for multilingual or uni-lingual situations and whether it is in the county with the foreign language or in an English speaking country. Parents, teachers, mentors, or college seniors must help young college students facing different types of challenges. Thank u for ur valuable comments .they are appreciated and l've learned a lot of things. The points are very important. As an ESL teacher, it's important to encourage students to use English, and only English. Teaching English as a foreign language is a challenging, yet rewarding career choice. After having questions, you just filter out what questions you need, select them and click "make a test". In a traditional location-based class, students often connect with each other outside of the class itself. Teresa Jackson from Central Oregon on January 24, 2011: I was an ESL teacher, and your post would be very helpful to any new teachers. Jeff Davis (author) from California on January 24, 2011: kaoskakimu - Thank you...I'm glad to hear that. Concentrate on a more shared learning experience. Thanks for the comment. Thank you! No matter what type of problems you are facing in the classroom; EdTech can assist in the following ways. Many times, students will automatically look to the teacher for correct answers instead of trying themselves. Unfortunately the ESL teacher at my local school simply played board games with students last year. trinsick - Judging by your typing skills, it looks like you are on your way. jennifer_brooke - Most definitely, and thank you for commenting. It's got absolutely nothing to do with considering English superior. The pointers below mention the challenges faced by teachers every day in the classroom. Lately, I've had the problem that a lot of kids only want to play games in class. Thanks for sharing the information, i'm going to include the info into my project("effective techniques in teaching culture in ESL classroom), don't you mind? Nice work. May God bless all teachers and all students and those who are benefited by their noble efforts. Did you know that EdTech can help to resolve many common in-classroom problems? All darkness is ignorance. The understanding of the culture and living of other people becomes easy for them and they can make their own people understand the foreign people and thus mutual cooperation takes place for the advancement of knowledge and experience among two cultures. Nothing in this world is futile. Jeff Davis (author) from California on April 27, 2011: Paul Kuehn - I don't see a problem in that. Similarly, within a physical classroom students would actively be discouraged to use smartphones or other technical devices. From my experience teaching ESL, the only way ESL teaching works is with NO school middleman. Lita C Malicdem - Interesting input. I am writing a paper on the problems and solutions of the esl classroom, specifically in Korea, where I have been teaching for almost 3 years. kadijatu maligie kamara on August 15, 2020: stealing and uncontrolled movement of pupils in class has also being problems in the classroom.Some pupils do take their colleagues properties in the name of lending but never return them,take flimzy excuses just to go outside the class and therefore disrupt the smooth running of the class.Thanks so much as i have found your work very useful in my research. The largest achievement gains were observed in minority students and those of low socioeconomic status, providing a concrete strategy to combat the challenges faced by these populations. Ask them direct questions like "do you have a question?" Spread the loveThe newest generation of edtech is downright amazing; it’s no wonder that various education stakeholders might be a little excited about its potential to transform education. (Amen). Anyone who knows anything about language acquisition will know that immersion is the best, most effective way to learn a language: you need to get your brain to start thinking in that language when you're in the classroom. Good hub here! Keep the advice in this article as a tool to be used often, and you will be one step closer to that goal. It was always fun and I learned as much about their language as they did about mine. It is easy to adopt these technologies and build them into your existing curriculum. Students unclear what to do, or do the wrong thing. ...Discuss three problems faced by international students in the UK. Student and staff face societal problems daily that impact the learning environment. Again I have read your article to take some guidance. It’s not just about the high tuition fees, but expenses like travel, boarding, lodging, etc. 3. All people are respectable and all languages are respectable being the signs of the Creator scattered through out the universe and heavens all saying with one voice that Our Creator is glorified and Sustainer of all of us.