# Problem solving

Look at the following situations and identify what might have gone wrong. What else
could the teacher have done?
a) (Class of any level) The teacher hands out a passage for the students to read.
She then tells them to read it very uickly in order to e!tract the gist. The students
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i) (Lower#intermediate class) The teacher wants to teach the uestion How
long \$%resent %erfect Continuous. She wants the students to repeat &'ow
her &Si! months).
ii) (Lower#intermediate class) The teacher has drilled the uestion &How long
have you been studying English?)* and now wants the students to ask each
other across the class and to elicit the appropriate answers. 'owever* the
students keep repeating the uestion.
iii) ((lementary class) The class is learning and practising the simple present.
The teacher has drilled the uestion &What time do you get up?) and now
wants the students to ask other uestions "eginning &What time do you…?)
'owever* the students keep asking &What time do you get up?)
c) ((lementary class) The teacher wants the students to do an e!ercise from their
work "ooks for homework. She e!plains that she wants the students to write the
answers on a piece of paper to hand in. +n the ne!t lesson she discovers that most
of the students have written their answers in the work"ook. She cannot collect these
in "ecause they will need them for their homework.
d) (,dvanced class) The teacher has asked each student to prepare a short
presentation on a topic of their own interest to give to the rest of the class. She
discovers that many of the students have written down the te!t of the presentation
and feel unprepared to give it without reading out what they have written.
+dentify the possi"le causes residing at the level of classroom interaction for the
following negative e!periences encountered "y students- then make some
suggestions on how to avoid them.
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We spent ten lessons con7ugating
the past tense* "ut on the test
there were only two con7ugations.
+ never learn anything from tests
"ecause the teacher never
corrects the mistakes + make* so +
end up at the same place + was
"efore + took the tests* e!cept now
The teacher "ases the grade on
one test* so if + do not feel well on
the same day the test was given* +
flunk the course.
+ don)t have a clue a"out what the
te!t was a"out "ut + got 89: on
+ don)t see the connection "etween
the test and my knowledge.
/therwise* how can + e!plain the
fact that + get good grades on
(nglish tests* "ut last week when +
met an ,merican + couldn)t say
anything in (nglish? 'ow come we
never speak in tests?
+ feel that in order to do well in the
test you have to get in the head of
the e!aminer.