I try to teach English in Turkey which has a lot of problems in teaching a foreign language. This must have a lot of reasons but we are really unsuccessful at teaching. I, myself had German lessons about 7 years, yet I haven’t been able to speak tht language. This example is enough to show the degree of this problem of ours.
After having and absolute failure in learning a language, now I experience it in teaching. For me the biggest problem is the prejeduce and language nationalism.
The prejeduce is that the students believe that English is very difficult to learn. Well, thisis not a real problem for a real English teacher. But when students do not want to learn English and still you have to teach, everything changes. My students’ common sentences: ” Why do we learn Egnlish? Why don’t they learn Turkish instead?”.
I can solve every problem I can encounter but this one is really hard for me. I am trying to explain it in different ways but I can not say I am successful.
So, are you experiencing such problems? How do you overcome?