My Teenage Students Are Ignoring Me! What Am I Doing Wrong?

by Katherine Reilly, originally published in ELT NEWS

A Heart to Heart about an Educator’s Role Today

“Doesn’t anyone know the answer to my question?” you gently sigh, as half your class simply ignores your presence. You desperately direct the question to a specific student – a last attempt at rectifying the uncomfortable predicament you find yourself in – receiving an answer which will only add salt to injury. “I don’t care if I learn English or not. So, stop insisting.”

Does this sound all too familiar? No, this is not an 80s teen movie, featuring disgruntled, directionless teenagers who are in desperate need of a leader who will motivate them and, in the end, will bond as a family unit. This is a harsh reality most of us are dealing with. You might be scratching your heads wondering if this was always the case or not. Admittedly, teenagers have through the years consistently exhibited a rebellious nature, rendering it a constant challenge to keep them motivated and focused on their obligations, inspiring them to set goals to pursue in life. However, society has fundamentally changed and although our teenage students do remind us of our own adolescent years, there are many acute differences which have led to their dismissal behavior.

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Academic Lecturer, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

I am proud to annonce that I have the honor of being invited to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the Department of English Language and Literature as an Academic Lecturer. My presentation will concern the adaptability of the teaching material provided to each ELT instructor, incorporating 21st century educational techniques, empowering English language students. The link to the presentation will be posted soon.

My New Publications – 18 Readers for Young Learners of the English Language

It’s with great pleasure that I’d like to share another great professional success of my career. 18 new books which have been written with great care and love for young learners of the English language. The content of the books not only focuses on telling a story but encourages critical thinking by adopting the acknowledged learning skills of the 21st century, focusing on values, moral lessons and respect towards all people. I wish you all the best in health and look forward to reading my new books. For any information or order, visit the publishing website or call (+30) 210 212 0800