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Need help

Posted By: Adz <[email protected]>
Date: Sunday, 10 September 2017, at 8:16 p.m.

I'm not sure if this is the right place for it. So I may post in other forums too.

I'm teaching English at one of the worst high schools in Japan. As in only 7 students went to university last year out of hundreds.
Many of the teens have learning difficulties or come from disfunctional families. I will arrive at the classroom, and many of the students (perhaps 5 out of 20) will already be sleeping and then sleep for the whole lesson. I've asked several what time they sleep, they often say about 4am. I devised a team points system meaning teams have to wake up sleepers so they don't lose points (highest points get a prize at the end of the year) but it hasn't really worked.
Pretty much not one student is interested in learning English or learning anything at all and they have made it clear. If I try to get them to repeat an answer in English, some students will just refuse. Others have anxiety so bad they cannot even speak when being spoken to and even pretend that I'm speaking to someone else.
Looking on forums for lesson ideas, teachers often assume that even some difficult kids will have an interest in something that you can tap into. But really these teens don't. The school has no sports teams and only a handful will participate in soccer practice etc. I've tried a variety of lessons but they've all pretty much failed. I've done the same lessons (adapted for level) at other places I work at and they've been a great success. The interests for the majority stretch as far as watching Japanese YouTubers.

So I'd like some advise if possible. Especially for the 3rd years.
The lessons are supposed to be aimed at getting the students to talk in English but this really seems all but impossible.

Messages In This Thread

Need help
Adz -- Sunday, 10 September 2017, at 8:16 p.m.
Re: Need help
Stephen -- Tuesday, 12 September 2017, at 4:32 a.m.
Re: Need help
nomad soul -- Monday, 11 September 2017, at 4:29 p.m.

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