Students are regularly asked to do and achieve far less than they are capable of. We have trained teachers to respond over-positively to “good enough”. They lack the skills to take students from there to genuinely good. A student mumbles a quarter-good sentence that no-one else in class can hear – to which the response is “Excellent” or “Fantastic”.
Many teachers do not seem to realise that a student can move in the space of one lesson from pretty poor at a piece of language to near-native speaker level – admittedly on a single item – but over time such upgrading has a huge impact.
At some point, we forgot how to be demanding. This is not laziness, simply that teachers do not know how to take learners there. In class correctness has come to mean little more than “the right words in the right order…” But students can hear it is substandard. They know.
Comments for this discussion are open.
Do you agree with the supposition or not? Is it an important issue? What experiences as teacher or trainer have you had that you are reminded of? If it is a problem … what needs to be done?