When I look at my gradebook this year, I'm pretty appalled at what I see. In each of my beginning level classes, between 15-20 students are failing. Given that my classes are in the 45-50 range, this means that 30-45% or so of my students are failing. At my school, a 30% failure rate is pretty common in most classes. I'm not so much worried about classes with that failure rate. However, the 45% failure rate really concerns me. I've looked at all my assessments and lessons to try to find out how I messed up. In everything I see, I honestly can't find a place where I screwed up. My lessons seem clear and students are able to accurately summarize them upon exiting (I give out exit assessments very frequently for this purpose). The places where my students seem to be failing are on homework assignments and vocabulary quizzes. Homework assignments are given once or twice per week and usually consist of completing an activity that we start in class. Because they get started in class, I can monitor whether they're doing it correctly. By everything I can tell, they're doing it fine in class. The problem is that they aren't finishing it and bringing it back the next day. As for the vocabulary quizzes, those are short, 10-question quizzes where students are asked to give a word in the target language. For example, I will give the word "water" and students must give me the word "aqua". These written quizzes are based on vocabulary lists that are between 8-10 words long. We get one list every week and a half or so. We go through the words as a class, come up with derivatives, practice spelling them, do partner activities, and make flashcards. Their ongoing assignment is to review these vocabulary words for 2-3 minutes per night, every night. When they take vocabulary quizzes, lots of students are leaving answers completely blank. They have no idea what word to give. They're not even attempting it. When I ask, they tell me that they don't study their flashcards (which is painfully obvious). Vocabulary study is a big part of my class. They simply can't learn the vocabulary during class. They must spend time on it outside of class. The fact that they're not doing so is not only causing them to have absolutely zero clue about the vocabulary words (which we actually use when we translate passages), but also to fail the course. I don't know what to do. I can work with kids who try and need extra help or a different approach. These kids, though...they just seem lazy. When I look in the gradebook, I see "missing missing missing zero missing missing zero zero zero missing missing missing". I'm at a loss.