…expect there to be a lot of grammar in the lesson.
…want you to present the grammar clearly.
…want you to focus on grammar.
…don’t want you to focus on grammar.
…want to do a lot of speaking in our classes because they didn’t get that at school.
…are used to red being used when they make mistakes (and are therefore scared of it)
…expect the teacher to know all of the answers.
…are coming to our school because they want a native speaker.
These thoughts have been swirling round in my head for a while. In every country I’ve lived in, I’ve been told variants of the sentences above about learners from that country, plus many other things besides which I can’t remember. It strikes me that these comments are much more universal than many people think. Or is it just me?
The following line is what prompted me to finally get these thoughts out:
“For Croatian learners the idea of the all-knowing, red-pen-wielding instructor is quite common.” https://afteroctopus.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/7-things-students-expect-from-an-online-writing-skills-course/