Saturday, July 3, 2010

tico, sayo tok pehe kecek inglish

teacher, i do not understand English

this is my 3rd batch of matriculation students.
i have taught
previously, i had very great students. coming from good background of English..
and even some of them were not very good, they still managed to speak in English although broken ones, or wrote an essay with a number of grammatical errors but with great ideas, at least they could write in English,,

for the first time, i have student who come into my class with "E" in English subject SPM.
she is second intake student.
and i asked her to introduce herself in class.
she just stared at me.
i asked "what is your name"
she said, "tico, sayo tok pehe kecek inglish"
then i asked "your name? nama?"
only after that, she replied with very slow voice

in another class, we had a discussion on quality of today's teachers.
i later asked the class to write about it.
i gave them subtopics to talk about.
only 3 subtopics.
i asked them whether they understand my instruction and know how to do it.
all of them said fine

when time was up.
i collected all the essays.
but she looked at me and said that she did not know how to do it.
she looked like as if she wanted to cry
then i asked her to write only points.
she came out with 3 points.
i asked her to write about herself,
she can write.
i believe it's her own work.
i want to have faith in her.

she failed her listening quiz, leaving blanks for the answer spaces..
she failed her reading quiz, she answered based on her instincts.
now, i have just finished marking her standardised test, for essay question, she wrote one paragraph which was the question.

what am i going to do with her?