Let’s start by understanding what triggers your student to take your lessons.
It’s most likely induced by an external trigger. Maybe the child’s language exam result isn’t ideal, or the parents want the child to speak a language as well as a neighbouring child, or a friend recommended your teaching to his/her parent, or the parents saw an advertisement about learning a new language.
It’s important to notice that at this stage, the trigger is external, which works as a stimulus leading to step 2 – action
Some teachers share their examples below (these examples are provided by members of an ESL teacher Facebook community); do you find these familiar?
• ‘My student came to my class because she wants to attend a foreign university. (external trigger: educational goal)’
• ‘My student came to my class because his mother was unhappy with his English assessment results. (external triggers: bad grade, maternal consequence.)’
• ‘My student came to class because he wants to improve his understanding of the material in his IB world school. Internal trigger: learning makes him feel excited and happy external: improves overall scores in school’
This is a simple exercise you can do: write down answers to this question and share them in the comment box if you’d like:
My student _______ came to my class because ______________