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What qualities and characteristics make the perfect student Updated: This seems to be more or less true all around the world. Nevertheless, legions of foreigners still end up on Thailand's shores each year, either competing for the most lucrative positions or contenting themselves with securing less demanding jobs.
Schools, on the other hand, try to pick the cream of the crop in an attempt to sign up the illusive ideal teachers.
However, if school boards and parents keep insisting on higher standards, we teachers should at least be allowed to fantasise about the benchmarks for role model students. This blog doesn't focus on teachers and how to achieve near-perfection, but on what the ideal student would be like. Let's keep in mind though that nobody's perfect and that most teachers would probably be over the Ideal student if only a slight majority of students showed some of the traits mentioned below.
These characteristics are not based on full-scale research among teachers but rather on personal experience.
Also, finding an accurate yardstick valid for the whole student body worldwide is tantamount to looking for the Ideal student Grail as regional cultures and customs play a determining role. Anyway, these are some of the characteristics I think ideal students should have: Motivated You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
Even the best qualified teachers will have a hard time transferring their English skills to students if the latter are completely unwilling to absorb any of it.
Motivation is vital to doing well when learning a language. More information on how to motivate students can be found in one of last year's columns March Inquisitive It's very handy for teachers when students occasionally ask questions when they don't understand a word, expression, idiom, grammar point, etc.
This not only shows their interest but also gives the teacher valuable feedback without solely having to rely on formal tests on which lots of students try to cheat anyway. Unfortunately, general lack of interest in learning English and possible loss of face often prevent students from doing so as in Thai culture, asking questions equates to admitting you are stupid.
Cooperative It's always nice when students do what you ask them to do. Although this may seem self-evident, it not always is. By the way, I'm referring to basic classroom instructions which students understand but sometimes prefer to ignore.
Examples are 'Please open your books on page 27' met by blank stares'Attention everyone' students keep talking among themselves'Be quiet please' students start talking more loudly'Please do exercise 3 on page 11' students start moaning 'mai ao' and 'Please move your chairs and sit in groups of four like we've been doing for the last three months' students look flabbergasted and remain immobile Enthusiastic Let's just say it is far more pleasant to teach a group of motivated, energetic students than a bunch of loafers slouching in their chairs with boredom written all over their faces.
Unafraid to make mistakes Teachers like students who try out the language they've just learnt when asked to.
Controlled practice and free conversation are essential to internalise structure and vocabulary as well as improve pronunciation. Many Asian students, however, have a deep-rooted fear of making the slightest mistake as in their respective cultures this is tantamount to losing face.
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An ideal student is the wealth and future of this nation,hope of the family and pride of the school. He enders himself to all by his temperament,qualities of head,heart and knowledge.