Teach English in Ming'Antu Zhen - Xilinguole Meng — Xilin Gol

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Vietnam is a developing country, which attracts a lot of foreigners come to live and work, so the need to use English for work and in life is increasing. However, there are many learners who learn English for a long time but still cannot communicate. Even have some people who have studied more than 10 years but still cannot speak English well. So let's find out a little bit about problems for learners in Vietnam. First of all, learner usually speak Vietnamese more than English. This problem comes from the first is most teachers to help students understand the meaning of English has used much Vietnamese in the class to explain. Besides, the teacher has an incorrect teaching method, which does not attract learners, so both teachers and students must use Vietnamese to understand the content of English they are learning. Moreover, teachers have not set up a policy of “English only” in the class. Secondly, learners do not do their homework. In extra English classes at private centers, some of the students do not do their homework or any exercises outside of the classroom. Young students will say they have to complete their school’s homework first and they do not have enough time to do English tasks at home. Adults learners are usually busy with their business or work so they also do not have free time for their homework. Thirdly, learners are bored, inattentive, or unmotivated. These are the most returning problems in class. Learners do not want to stay focused and they seem to be forced to go to class. Partly, teachers do not have attractive teaching methods, the lesson content is not interesting. And another problem is the psychology of learners in Vietnam, they are afraid make mistakes while speaking so they do not dare to speak. Besides, many teachers do not know how to encourage students to interact more in the class. This is one of the worst habits caused by Vietnamese teachers, they will give bad marks if their students do not have the right answers. What’s more overcrowded classrooms. Most of the public schools in Vietnam have to face the biggest issue of all: overcrowded classrooms. In an ideal world, class sizes would be capped at 15 to 20 students. Unfortunately, many classrooms now regularly exceed 30 students and it is not uncommon to have more than 40 students in a single class. Teaching in an overcrowded classroom can be frustrating, overwhelming and stressful. Teachers do not have enough time to take care of every single student. Too many students in one classroom will provide more opportunities for personality conflicts, tensions, and disruptive behavior. It’s difficult for teachers to manage their classroom, especially new teachers with a lack of experience. In general, above is some typical issues of English learners in Vietnam. To solve these problems, teachers must understand their students very well. Then they need to change their mindsets and ways of teaching. Specifically, there are a few suggestions that we can apply. The first thing, don’t be a dictator when teaching, you should create a classroom environment where the students feel comfortable to speak, ask questions, be creative and engage not only with you but also with their fellow classmates. Next, learn to be quiet and let students do the work, let the students do as much work as possible, which ultimately will make your job easier and provide them with more opportunities to speak. Next is try to be funny in the classroom, one way of creating a class full of humor is to use a lot of activities. If you are teaching adults, have some interesting, yet funny discussion questions and implement some creative group exercises into the mix. If you are teaching kids, make sure to have plenty of fun ESL games and never be too serious with them. Next is, keep students busy, it’s absolutely true for young-learners and being bored is a sure-fire for kids to misbehave. Even in adult classes, the students might tolerate it, but only for a while. The last, try out new things, the more we change our methods, our lessons, and our set of ESL resources, the more frequently we can enjoy these moments where we seemed to get everything completely spot on.