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This blog AIMS TO SHARE VIEWS, INSIGHTS AND MATERIALS RELATED TO THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF ESL. tHE SHARED MATERIALS AND IDEAS MAY NOT BE THE BEST AND APPLICABLE IN ALL TEACHING AND LEARNING CONTEXTS. TAKE WHAT IS RELEVANT TO YOU, DOWNLOAD WHAT YOU WISH. MAY THIS BLOG INSPIRE YOU IN CERTAIN WAYS. LIKE THE TREES HERE, WE THE ENGLISH TEACHERS NEED TO KEEP ON GROWING. LET'S GROW TOGETHER. THANKS FOR VISITING @EZE.

When life as ESL teachers becomes real hard, some of us do feel so tired and some of us hardly get back on our feet. We are not teachers with the qualities of a super hero. We cannot pretend we are never defeated. Even the nicest and strongest ESL teachers also have their limits. We are just humans. No matter how strong and kind we are, we do have a breaking point. At times, the challenges faced in school are too monumental and they weaken our heart and mind. We get physically, emotionally and mentally tired.

No doubt, we must always be positive. We cannot make this kind of declaration - “I am done. I just don’t care”. There are always choices for us. Most of the time, we are the best decision makers to decide what option would be the best for us. Perhaps, to treat our physical, mental and emotional fatigue, changing our teaching environment is a good option. Unquestionably, it is much better than just quitting or giving up. It is of paramount importance for us to be able to differentia...

I wish to talk about the realities of my weak and reluctant ESL learners in my present school. No doubt I have been giving much to help them however, some of the outcomes disappoint me. Based on their performance in the recent examination I believe I can conclude that I have three types of weak and reluctant learners:

1.  Those who show progress well despite their low proficiency level of English (30%)

2. Those who show some progress in their attempt to pass the SPM English 1119 paper (30%)

3. Those who very little or no progress; as if I have taught them nothing (40%)

Surprisingly, the third group claim they do not want to fail their English subject. However, their attitude reveals they just do not care if they pass or fail the subject. I know I must work harder with this group of learners as I am positive, perhaps, half of them can still make progress, if coached and motivated well. Though their lackadaisical attitude frustrates me, I know I cannot give up.

As the above saying reveals, fo...

If you are required to teach at a non-performing school or you have to face learners who are not even potential C candidates, most probably your teaching life offers a host of challenges. Yes, no doubt, nobody likes to face endless challenges in their ESL classrooms. Of course, it is a monumental task to teach English to weak and reluctant learners. However, as the quotation above highlights, we have to be positive; there are more rooms for us to grow when things are not easy. This is very true.

If you have weak learners who hardly understand a simple text in English, then you have more opportunities to grow professionally compared to those who teach excellent ESL readers. When you challenge yourself to develop a special vocabulary enrichment programme for your weak learners, you have achieved something that you can be proud of. Similarly, you have wider opportunities to grow professionally, enrich your career and widen your horizon when you are able to motivate weak and reluctant learn...

December 21, 2017

Hopefully, after sharing several tips and materials in this blog, I have inspired some of you to teach better. If that is not achieved, at least this blog has given you some insights on how to develop writing skills among your weak learners as well as how to develop language accuracy among your potential A and B learners. Definitely, there will be more sharing to be done in this blog - @EZE (pronounced as 'easy'). It is an Exclusive Zone of English where, before I "expire" and retire, I will keep on sharing ideas and materials related to the teaching and learning of English, in shaa Allah. It is also my aim to share other tips and materials such as the teaching and learning of reading, literature and speaking. When? At the moment, I do not have a definite answer. Perhaps, do visit my @EZE from time to time and see what are shared and highlighted. Thanks for all your support. May Allah bless all of you.

The quotation above is about all of us actually - the English Language teachers. We,...

December 20, 2017


 

Teachers have little or perhaps no problem at all when they teach writing in the first or good classes. However, as we know, teaching writing among weak and reluctant learners is such a monumental task. I totally agree with Louis L'Amour that whatever the challenges are, we, the English teachers have no choice. We have to figure out something to encourage our learners to start writing. I guess, the weak learners most probably will not write if "the faucet" is not "turned on". We, the English teachers have to take the responsibility to design, develop or create a strategy, technique or tool to develop our learners' writing skills. God willing, all of us will have the strength, perseverance and wisdom to face each challenge in our ESL writing classrooms. 

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