It’s officially, for some of us, the end of the term and the beginning of holidays. Well, only for the uni contracts.
For students this means a break, a long break. Here in France some uni students go back in September others October and some of mine even in November. Now, if you’ve been teaching these eager minds English and getting some good progress and then they stop for 4 months what will happen? Well, of course you know the answer!
So, next term will begin with “Oh no, his/her English is terrible again”. And then there’ll be the usual refreshing period and it will take a while to get back to where they were and to build on that and then….it will be the end of term again and so on and so forth.
Yes, students deserve a break but I think we and they are a bit slack in Europe. I say this only having worked in China where students study all day and night, at weekends, in the holidays and whenever else they can fit it in. It may be too much but it is continual and mine never seemed to have the ‘post-summer’ problem.
The answer then could be:
1)Offer summer programmes for local students
2)Run online English courses over summer
3)Give students websites/learning apps to keep them at their level or even to help them improve
4)Organise ‘overseas voluntary internships/experiences’. I saw this work excellently in one French uni but it was tricky to start with and costly.
When I was a nipper I would work all summer down the pit to pay for my tuition and bread n’ butter pudding. I don’t know many French students who do the same but I do know many who do internships and credit to them although they are often compulsory.
What do you think?
Should we ‘encourage’ students to keep up with their English, puch them to improve or just let them have a break?