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    • #275924
      Leon
      Keymaster

      Let’s consider the concept of a good student. What makes a good student? Think of five to ten ideas and share them with other course participants on the discussion forum. (Focus on The Student – 2A)

    • #276943
      Janice C.
      Keymaster

      I think a good student is willing to cooperate with teachers and willing to learn. But as a good teacher, we should accept all kind of students and perhaps not to label students as good or bad. We are there to help students to learn, whether they are considered good or bad.

      • #277465
        Gabi Kotlubaj
        Moderator

        @Janice- this is very perceptive. One of the ways how to approach this problem of a mixed ability classroom is to differentiate learning objectives, depending on the level of student ability. ‘One size fits all’ approach is not very effective- make sure weaker students are assigned tasks that are achievable and motivating.

    • #277423
      valich
      Participant

      I think a good student is a motivated, competitive, attentive, creative, diligent, hard-working. A good student is ready to cooperate with peers and teachers, do critical thinking.

      • #277472
        Gabi Kotlubaj
        Moderator

        You nailed it;=) – collaborative learning and critical thinking are very important! As teachers, we not only impart knowledge but also help our students become more independent as learners by encouraging them to think and learn from peers.

    • #277454
      Ferny
      Participant

      A good student has to be eager to learn, motivated and open-minded, having confidence in the adult and being able to be conducted on the path of learning. Then he becomes collaborative, active and respectful

      • #277476
        Gabi Kotlubaj
        Moderator

        I agree with you very much; student motivation is the key to successful learning, and the extend to which our students trust us as a teacher will also impact on how motivated they are to learn.

    • #277504
      valentinakarpeiko
      Participant

      In my opinion a good student is a hard-working, motivated, ambitious, creative, industrious. A good student do critical thinking and readu for cooperation and teamwork.

      • #277578
        Gabi Kotlubaj
        Moderator

        Critical thinking and collaboration have been mentioned by another person on this forum as well. I wonder how you feel about course books and how their design fosters critical thinking? or perhaps they don’t ;=)

    • #277513
      irynaroubel
      Participant

      I think that a good student is ready to communicate, create, collaborate and think critically. He or she should be eager to follow the learning paths provided by the teacher. In fact, all students can become good ones if our approaches to teaching inspire them to learn. That’s why teachers should do their best in order to achieve this goal.

      • #277573
        Gabi Kotlubaj
        Moderator

        Such a great point! Being able to inspire students is so important. The question is- how can we do this? ;=)

    • #277817

      I agree with most of what you have said – although I am not sure being competitive is a quality I would have added. For me the key quality is motivation – all else follows.

    • #277880
      Gabi Kotlubaj
      Moderator

      Anja, the competitive ones are typically the motivated ones ;=) how can we then say that being competitive is not a quality;=) I’m just saying-I agree with you!

    • #278871
      Oksana Novikova
      Participant

      I think, a good student is motivated, interested in what is going on during the lessons, active, attentive to all details.

    • #302455
      katrinalindley
      Participant

      I think this question might be a bit difficult for new teachers. In my opinion a good student is one who participates well and lets you know when they’re struggling.

    • #302485
      Gabi Kotlubaj
      Moderator

      Thank you, Katrina. It most certainly is not an easy question; however, we do hope it will make course participants reflect on their own learning experience in order to answer it. Reading other people’s post will also help new teachers to get a sense of what may constitute a good student- after all, there is no right or wrong answer to this question.

    • #303278
      l.koval.l25
      Participant

      First of all, there are no good or bad students. There are good or bad teachers…but that’s another pair of shoes, I guess. If a teacher manages to develop the students’ interest in learning a foreign language into a passion, it can empower any student for easy and fast learning. Passion is a key ingredient that keeps any student going.

      • #303395
        Gabi Kotlubaj
        Moderator

        I love your idea that there are no bad students only bad teachers;=) This is actually one of the principles of Neuro-linguistic programming and I couldn’t agree with it more ;=) However, there are many people who will beg to differ;=)
        Thanks for your thoughts!

    • #303309
      Michael Lynch
      Participant

      I think motivated — after that, willing enthusiastic participation makes the class more enjoyable.

    • #303399
      Gabi Kotlubaj
      Moderator

      Thank you, Michael! It is interesting how many times motivation has been mention in this discussion thread; you added a new element to this though- student motivation adds to the positive and enjoyable classroom dynamics. Thank for this, Michael!

    • #303551
      noemi.ch
      Participant

      From my point of view, good students are motivated and hard-working, and are able to take advantage of every situation to learn by themselves, not expecting the teacher to provide all the answers but being willing to take on a new challenge. Yet, they are not afraid to ask for feedback or help whenever they feel they can benefit from it in order to advance on their progress.
      In addition, they settle realistic objectives for themselves, and are ready to re-adjust them if it is necessary.
      Lastly, they are open-minded and respectful with their peers, and are willing to cooperate and work as part of a team.

    • #303575
      Gabi Kotlubaj
      Moderator

      Thank you, Noemi. I really like the focus on learner independence in your post!

    • #304186
      nicola.brodie-scott
      Participant

      For me a good student is excited to learn and not afraid to ask questions. They like to interact and are not afraid of getting something wrong because that is how they learn. They are willing to put in the work to see the rewards it brings.

    • #305846
      Elizabeth Pillolo
      Participant

      A good student is highly motivated. He/she pays attention in class and takes part actively by asking questions or participating in conversation/ role plays.
      A good student doesn’t just do the assigned homework but does self study and incorporates English into his/her daily routine e.g. by watching series or movies in original language, reading articles or books in English, etc.
      Students who obtain good results are often those who really enjoy learning English and like it as a language.

    • #306418
      irynaroubel
      Participant

      A good student is motivated. This person understands why he or she wants to study the language.
      A good students is ready to follow the teacher’s advice.
      A good student understands that if you want to make progress, you should keep on learning and exercising regularly because it is the key to success.

    • #306802
      ele
      Participant

      A good student is motivated to learn, ideally he/she has a goal they want to achieve. I find the worst students are those attending a language course only because their parents Want them to.
      A good student takes active part in class, shows a collaborative and proactive behaviour, doesn’t cheat and works hard at home too.

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