STUDENTS NOT TALKING IN CLASS
As an English teacher, I sometimes wondered why some students are eager and relaxed to speak English in class while there are some people who are not so willing to do so. After having so many classes and some years of experience I now think that the reasons for this situation can be related to the following points.
Some students are introverted; which means they don’t like to work with others and they like to do more things on their own and by themselves. If they are forced to do so they will do it but they are not very happy with it.
This character also makes the students not wanting to speak in front of others. Either they feel embarrassed or have had a bad experience from before. Whatever the reason they fell uncomfortable to speak in front of an audience. It should be said here that an introverted person is not necessarily shy and vice versa. These two terms are different.
English as a Second Language:
These individuals may be self-conscious about their accent or fearful that others will not be able to understand what is being said.
Previous Bad/Embarrassing Experience:
A student who is resistant to speak in class may have been embarrassed previously by faculty members or other students. It is often risky to offer a comment or answer a question in front of a large group of peers, and if embarrassed or shamed after speaking out in class, it may be a long time before that person feels comfortable speaking out in class, or even within a group.
The instructor influences:
As faculty, our subtle head nods, disapproving looks, or turning away from a person who is talking may impact student participation. Instructors who use sarcasm in class may get a good response from some students while completely shutting down other students. Within the classroom culture, there may also be subtle cues as to whom are expected to speak. It may well be that students in the class are not speaking because they feel marginalized or somehow disrespected.
Not having the knowledge to talk about:
Sometimes the students don’t have enough knowledge to talk about something or answer a question. Obviously, it causes them to withdraw from talking in class.
Lack of interest:
A student who is not interested in the subject also keeps pushing himself or herself out of reach.
Fear of failure:
Aside from all the reasons said some students are simply afraid of making mistakes. That, in turn, makes them silent in class. The most important consideration regarding all students and speaking out in class is to create a safe classroom that encourages individuals to take risks.
Students who fail to participate in a class discussion or seem resistant to respond to a question during class are not all introverts.
There are many reasons a person may be hesitant to speak in class and helping those students to participate first requires identifying why they are not speaking out.