Thursday, June 14, 2012
OVERCOMING HURDLES: Teachers must make learning the language interesting for students
JOHOR BARU: YANG Wan Ling is facing a particular hurdle common to most English teachers in the country.
However, the 30-year-old is not backing down in her quest to make English language a joy to learn even among her most passive of students.
The Sultan Ibrahim Polytechnic English lecturer, who has been teaching for nine years, learned a technique to increase the fluency of the language by shortening the time needed to utter a sentence.
“It is called the 4-3-2 technique. The ‘4’ means four minutes, the ‘3’ means three minutes and so on. My students will say out loud a line within four minutes and repeat it in three minutes and later within two minutes.
“This is to ensure fluency and speaking without hesitation,” said Yang at the “Active Creative Teaching” workshop by English language trainer Lucille Dass held during the Fourth English Language Conference at the M Suites Hotel yesterday.
The three-day event, which ends today, is jointly organised by the non-governmental organisation Johor Baru English Language Teaching and the Johor Education Department.
The New Straits Times is the event’s official media partner. M Suites Hotel is sponsoring the venue, meals and accommodation of participants as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Dass noted that learning should be “re-purposed” from being just for the sake of passing examinations.
It should be continuous and the knowledge learned practised.
Another participant at the workshop, Batu Pahat High School teacher Salina Ishak, 42, said she had been using the Internet and role play to improve her students’ vocabulary.
“I tell my students to find the meaning of certain words on the Internet and present their findings in class.”