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To make a long story short, in the last unit we learnt about different problems we may face with as teachers having an EFL class. Some of them are: 1. The first lesson in a new class where students don't know each other, or where they have been studying together for some time, the focus is on establishing rapport among either students-students, or students and a teacher, also what was pointed out is to not use any course books, just play various interactive games to get to know as much about the students as possible, and for them to know more about their teacher. 2. Warmers- short and fun activities used for having students feel motivated and engaged. Never start your lesson with the grammar worksheets and drilling new vocabulary. 3. Different levels. If you happen to have students of different levels, you should be quite flexible. There are a number of options you may consider: a) use different activities, dividing students into 2 groups. b) Use the same activities, but more complicated for the more confident students. c) Have stronger students work with the weaker students, let them help but not dominate. 4) Don't do anything, let students study at the pace they can, we are all different, someone is quicker at learning, someone is slower. A must is to pay attention to the fact whether or not your weak students are frustrated, or strong students are bored. 4) Use of native language. Reming and encourage your students to always try to speak English. Do not respond to their "native" questions, also allow their mother tongue to be lowered to its minimum and never used during the speaking activities. 5) Large classes: hand out worksheets to everyone, practice the choral pronunciation, have a lot of pair/group work, appoint the group leaders and double check if everything is visible and audible. 6) Reluctant students. Use as many role-plays and pair work as possible, have the controlled practice before students could produce the language fluently, always encourage , do not say ' NO', do not criticize, concentrate their attention on what they are doing nicely other than badly. 7) Difficulties with listening activities. First of all, check the audio before the class, do not skip listening since it may be the most problematic area of students' language learning, do not rush because some students have finished it, do not wait too long, since some students are still doing it, use your common sense and be fair to all of the students. Always have some extra activities for the smarter students, or give them additional tasks to complete of the same activity.