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Getting inside the head of an ESL student is extremely important for all teachers and even other ESL students so that we can understand the biggest issues for some learners.
Particularly looking at the Asian students, the whole idea of speaking is for some so terrifying it is as if they feel like if they were to speak they would……die!
There is more than shyness going on here though. Yes some people are shy and we need to be aware of that, but what we also need to be aware of is understanding that feeling so we can egg them on in the right way.
Imagine yourself that you have a fear of say…..spiders. (Not poisonous ones, ones that won’t do anything to you other than run away as fast as they can) What is it that makes you scared of spiders?
It could be:
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