Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:42 PM
Subject: Shortcut to summary-writing?
Dear Puan Rahmah,
Referring to your latest post "Shortcut to summary-writing", I would like to share what I knew & what I did to my very weak students. (I was unable to find the comment button for this post ) Firstly, allow me to define "my very weak students". They are the ones who possess very poor vocab, don't understand mostly what they read even a simple passage, don't understand what the question wants & ultimately won't be able to answer a question, which in this case - writing a summary. These students fail to identify the 5 main points from the passage.
I received the following tips from a colleague who attended a seminar organised by the PPD of Sepang early this year:
- Copy the first 2 sentences of each paragraph starting from the second paragraph (because the 10 introduction words are taken from the first paragraph).
- Copy the sentences in full.
- Copy the sentences without any spelling errors.
- Copy only 60 words.
- If the 60th word is not the last word, ask the students to complete the sentence.
- Omit the 10 introductory words.
- Use linkers in order to get 3 marks for language.
I taught the above tips only to "my very weak students" for PMR 2011. By using the above tips, students might get (if they are lucky) 2 -3 marks for contents and 3 marks for language. Not bad huh? Nevertheless, I hate this tips because we merely help them to pass the exam but not to improve their proficiency in English.
(I shared the above tips on my blog...yikes!)
Any thoughts? Feel free to share.