TaiwanVisitor12321 wrote:"Shortly after this exchange a regular student showed up, and I just did the class with him and ignored all the other weirdos. The regular invited them to share his book and take part in the class but they told him they wanted to "practice listening", which is code for "I'm too scared to do anything because my mommy isn't here". Keep in mind, these are businessmen.
Dont you think it might be to do with "face" and saving face.
Well, I probably don't understand "face" well enough, since it just looks like a big cop-out to me.
I'd lose all of my pride though when I demonstrate to the whole class my inability to do... anything.
Here it seems like answering a question is shameful, but not answering is fine and dandy. I don't quite get that. Showing as a whole that they suck is better than actually trying, making a few mistakes, and improving.
I sometimes make fun of people that don't want to read hard words (only if I have a good rapport with that person), but always praise them for TRYING. I make my attitude pretty clear... being silent is for losers, and if you make mistakes I'll respect you a lot.
I don't think they CARE if I respect them though, so it's kind of a moot point. They're too worried about everyone else.