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Youths behavior in English learning settings.

In recent times, behavior in English classroom is one of the most critical and controversial focus of study not only by psychology but also by educational sciences. It is expected to make a comparison between extroversion and introversion like dimensions of learners personality in an English setting. It is in order to analyze the students performance in several conditions and activities led in the English classrooms. One of the expected outcomes of the analysis is then to provide some clarifications for teachers and English teachers trainees concerning to how to proceed or give a treatment to the different behaviors they will face. In conclusion, discussing about behavior in English classroom helps not only master the role of a versatile teacher ready to do the best but helps students be aware of their weaknesses and strengths in English learning. Pedagogy, Psychology and social norms come to play significant roles in the way both students and teachers behave and interpret the behaviors of others in the classroom and in other academic settings. Thus, it is supposed to create an environment into the classroom similar to the society in order to train students to the real life. Also, conditions and factors, even behaviors need to be controlled in the classroom. This thought is because if students are behaving in positive ways, it is more likely that they will learn and mature academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Negative behavior can disrupt a class completely. As a teacher, you have the ability to structure your environment and your teaching in ways that encourage positive student behaviors. This can make your classroom a better environment for everyone. There is, however, a deep concern about which English students behavior must be managed or changed. As it is well known extroversion and introversion are dimensions of learners personality. So, there is a close relationship between those dimensions and different linguistic variables related to students performance and behavior in academic settings. On the one hand, extroverts learning is a shared experience. It means, they get energy from others and they have a learning style that gets more profits by discussion than by isolated thought. Otherwise, introverted students are energized by quiet, being alone or in small groups. Because of that, they are good at listening, planning, taking time for thought and concentrating on tasks for long periods of time. Anyhow, both of them need to be understood in depth because none is better or more useful than the other.

Nowadays, it is important to be aware of what kind of students take an English class in order to get a balanced classroom. In fact, that knowledge allows teachers to realize the suitable ways they can use depending on the particular needs and interests of the students. However, generalization or bias about the behavior of students in the classroom and in other academic setting would be unhelpful if the particularities are not taken into account. Both of them, introverted and extroverted students, reflect their own point of view about social values, personality and motivation in the class. Hence, teachers strategies should allow their students be successful in their processes. It is due to the adequate conditions for learning and the sense of balance in activities among the different personalities and behaviors of students. To conclude, the impact of classroom behavior not only on the ability of students to learn and teachers to teach is substantial. If students are behaving in positive ways, it is more likely that they will learn and mature academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Negative behavior can disrupt a class completely. Subsequently, as an English teacher, you have the ability to structure your environment and your teaching strategies in ways that encourage positive students behaviors. In other words, it means students with their differences and specific characteristics can perform and do their best in any activity if teachers have obtained a wide knowledge of their students, their needs and the way they prefer to develop the classroom activities for their learning process of English.

By Juan Carlos Ruiz