This is where I want my students coming from.
Studying from their heads, all we get are maybe some perfect scores on a test, but everything is soon forgotten.
Studying with your head also gets us detached students who don’t care about what is going into their ears and out their mouths.
Emotional detachment may be fine for science or mathematics, where conversations take place between pencil, paper and calculators.
But English takes place between people, with feelings, opinions and sensitivities.
With emotional detachment we get students studying words like, “love”, “between”, “shop keeper”, “shrine”, all on a equal level with no emotional connection.
With emotional detachment we get kids who give up on English and even decide to hate it.
How to reverse this vicious cycle?
Have you ever considered asking?
Recently I have been asking students to care more — to connect the emotion with a word, to have a reaction, to be present when they are speaking to someone, to make eye contact, to smile.
You know the old saying, “ask and you shall receive”?
Try asking the students to care. Very few others are.