Personality clash

From Teflpedia

A personality clash (/pɜ:sənælɪti klæʃ/) occurs when two (or more) people find themselves in conflict not over a particular issue or incident, but due to a fundamental incompatibility in their personalities, their approaches to things, or their style of life.[1]

Personality clashes occur in ESL contexts:

  • Between students - this can often be managed by basic classroom management, i.e. separating the students.
  • Between colleagues - particularly if it involves either yourself or your boss. This can be very awkward.
  • Between a teacher and a student - this requires a lot of patience on the teacher's part!


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