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ESL forum > Techniques and methods in Language Teaching > What to do w/students without a book?!    

What to do w/students without a book?!



ironik
Australia

What to do w/students without a book?!
 
Hi colleagues,

I think we all have gone through this nightmare in our classroom: Student (s) without a book!

I īd like to know your strategies on how to cope with this problem.

In the institution I work for, we are not allowed to let students out. So, I make two students share a book but then again I feel it is unfair for the S who brought the book.

If the S sits by him/herself, at one point he will start to disturb the class.

So, especially my senior colleagues, what do you do, both to prevent and to deal with it once it happened?

13 Jan 2013      



lovegrammar
Turkey

I had this problem too but with 8th graders, if one of the students forget their book I write their name down and give them extra home work. I never let them share because then they never bother to bring in the book, or if I have some sort of game prepared that student isn īt allowed to take part. Kids don īt like to be left out so the next lesson they normally bring in their book.

13 Jan 2013     



ironik
Australia

That īs nice :) However, my students are private university ss so just sleeping is okay for them, they don īt mind not participating in the games.. :(

13 Jan 2013     



lovegrammar
Turkey

lol, hmmmm maybe start with a warning, If some one forgets their book 3 times the whole class has to do a pop quiz. 

13 Jan 2013     



ironik
Australia

haha, that īs a good idea Smile thnx!

13 Jan 2013     



Pelletrine
France

.... private university students? So, lots to bet they are not very mature... and still need to learn where the borderlines are on what, and what not to do : they haven īt yet learnt to be responsable for their own learning : YOU have to show/tell them, make them responsable ... so, you have to MAKE them bring their book: seems to be a good idea not to make them share: I too think they wont often forget their book if you DO īT let them share with a neighbour student ;o)))   

13 Jan 2013     



alex1968
Greece

Hi Ironik,

I have to face this problem from time to time.Ermm
I always have some essay topics on hand.Wink
If you don īt bring a book, you have to write an essay and hand it in by the end of the lesson.

It keeps Ss busy, they don īt disturb the other Ss & they īre still doing something useful (Make a point of correcting the essay, even if it īs just underlining mistakes & give it back.  That way they know that u read the essays so they can īt just write rubbish)

Most Ss hate writing essays!LOL So, that usually does the trick...even if it takes a couple of essays before they do!

Hope this works for u.

Regards
Alex

13 Jan 2013     



MoodyMoody
United States

You might ask the student why he or she doesn īt have the book. I don īt know what it īs like in Turkey, but here in the USA, college textbooks are often extremely expensive. Students sometimes can īt afford both the class and the book. If that īs the case, try to put a textbook or two on reserve at the university library so the student can check it out. Maybe the student can photocopy the most important pages. Or have an extra copy in the classroom for such students. I would be sensitive in this situation.
 
If it īs just forgetfulness or not wanting to lug around the book, then you can give the essay or take points off the grade, assuming that you put in your syllabus that daily classwork is one of your grading criteria.
 
Or even more punitive: if someone forgets the book three times, they have to give a 3 minute impromptu speech to the class on a subject of your choosing, in English, of course. Call it "make-up" work for the points off for forgetting the book. Possible topics include "Why I Want to Learn English," "Study Habits of Good Students," and "Tips for Improving Memory." You could even combine them: first offense, warn the student; second offense, write the essay; third offense, speak in front of class.
 
I īm glad my community college provides books for the students to use in class, at least at my level. They can īt take the books home, but I don īt have to worry about the students forgetting or not affording the books.

13 Jan 2013     



jannabanna
France

I don īt know what the set up is in your institution, but if you have room somewhere (a cupboard that locks...)  you could collect the books at the end of the lesson and leave them there.  That way they don īt leave the building.
 
If they have homework to do from the book, they could either copy the exercise in their notebooks or you could photocopy the page for them. 
 
I often had this problem and that īs what I did, because some of them (always the same) always had a good excuse for not bringing their books.
 
Janet

14 Jan 2013     



lipofootoo
United States

Make photocopies.

20 Jan 2013