The end of term means grades but thankfully I only have the ominous ‘participation grades’. However, the 6 sub-sections make it less about actually participating and more about grammar and linguistic competence. This is France after all so it’s grammar, grammar, grammar with a side salad of grammar.
My problem dear readers (all 5 of you today) is one particular student. This young lad has bad English. When I first tested him about a year ago I gave him a low mark and spoke to him about it. I then told him what he had to do and how important it was to improve. Sadly, he hasn’t. It’s not rocket science and to make it even easier he gets tailored lessons sent to his iPod every day.
So, 1 year later and he still can’t make a sentence. He has tried in class sometimes, mainly when I have pushed him, he has attended too although he left early a few times. he’s a nice guy but just doesn’t want to improve. He’s very lucky or unlucky in that he doesn’t need to pass TOEIC to graduate but he needs to pass my course. His weekly participation marks are not good but I have certainly been too generous. But if I put 4/5 (the truth) it will hurt, putting him at 2/3/4 below the others makes the point perhaps and if the marks are too low I know I will get into bother of some sort.
At this point I am sticking with my marks and I will give him a lower mark than the others. To cover my ass I’ve told the admin staff but nobody is really bothered. If he fails he fails, I have tried, very hard but now I give up. I’m too old now to invest my energy in students who don’t want help and judging on how nacked I’ve been I have done this too much.
Next term? More clear-cut I think and less chances. If I think someone is poor I will tell them then give them some tips but if they don’t work on it then that’s their business. cold perhaps but they are adults. When I get an email about this kid then I will repeat what I’ve said here. I tried and tried and he wasn’t bothered. If he fails then he fails but he has been given enough chances, too many maybe.
Am I too harsh?