– They love to be praised even when they do not deserve that at all. They believe the right attitude might change things around.
– They love to be instructed in the mother tongue especially when they feel confused.
– They love to be treated as individuals instead of pairs or groups of students. They think they do not benefit at all from cooperative tasks.
– They love to put the blame for failure on the school administration. They claim that the system is responsible for their lack of success.
– They love to be spoon-fed knowledge instead of being allotted space for discovery. They say they cannot be expected to discover while not proficient enough.
Clearly they do not share the same values as most instructors do. Oddly enough, they do not match the definition of the 21st century learners depicted every so often by language teaching circles across the globe.
Then someone is totally wrong about the approach to learning. It is either the students because they may not be really enthusiastic about self-development or the teachers who might have a serious misconception about what students really need and even about what would work best in the classroom.
Is there really a point in insisting that the current view of how learning should take place is the correct one? Or is it ever possible to make sure that students will feel better and more motivated to learn if teachers adopt the student way?
Personally speaking, the answers from students reveal something a lot deeper in meaning. As they list what they would love most for their classes, they also pinpoint the fact that some teachers still need further training for the implementation of the methods and techniques required for creating a more meaningful learning experience for their students.