Sunday 2 December 2012

Hot Topic: Editing Work For Other Classes

Sooner or later it's going to happen to you. As an English teacher, you're probably going to be asked by your students to help them out with a problem or two. Sometimes it's a phrase or expression they heard on tv or lyrics from a song they don't understand. Or perhaps they came across something while reading a book or magazine. It's great that students study outside of class, but sometimes they want you to help them with other classes.

As more and more schools and universities are teaching subjects in English, students have to do their work in a language that isn't theirs. This makes it twice as difficult and some teachers grade their English, not just their ideas.

So do you help them or not? It's up to you. If it's a couple of questions, that's one thing. However, if they want you to re-write everything, that's another. You'll have to draw the line sometime and be sure you do, otherwise you're going to end up with a line outside your office.

What do you think?
Do you help students with outside work? Are there any limits you establish?

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