English Frustrations

In May, I went to a meeting about a volunteer English program through the city of Incheon, called Camglish.  I am responsible for teaching three students 1 hour a week through google hangouts via webcam. I thought it would be an interesting opportunity and a chance to help students out that no longer had a native, English teacher at their school.  I was assigned three third year middle school boys. I have to say there are times when the classes have gone really well and other times that were a complete flop. All three boys have different personalities and interests and may not be that close of friends outside of our camglish class.


We were given a book to use at orientation to help facilitate our lessons with our students. I find it a bit tedious to do book work through a webcam so I asked the students and we decided it will be a conversation based class only. Yesterday, I had class with them and although I try to plan in advance to have material ready sometimes it is not read. Other times they barely talk to me and I am the one doing most of the talking. Sometimes this is okay  with me, but yesterday I just wanted the class to end. I enjoy teaching the boys, but I receive little enthusiasm from them. I always ask is there anything you are interested in learning about so that I can teach it to you. So yesterday, one boy said teach something that stimulates interest. I’m not sure where to start on this as they are all different and it is interesting to one and not the other. So now I have a headache to figure out before Tuesday night.  I really want to do well with the boys and have them enjoy our class together.


Unfortunately, for now I guess I will just have to deal with it and take it as it goes. I do not know what to do or how to stimulate their interest, but I suppose it will all just work itself out.


4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Football/world cup. Riddles/brain puzzles. Photos from home/travel. If it’s via cam you could do an activity where you describe a friend/family member/ pet and they have to draw what they hear. You show them a real picture and see how close, winner best match. Sounds difficult with young learners via webcam, I’d feel frustrated too!

    1. Awww thank you! I did world cup already hahaha, but I might ask a bit more about it later after the weekend.It certainly makes me feel like it could be a bit more successful next time.

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