Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:52 PM
I really enjoy reading your blog and all this while i have been your silent reader. As an inexperienced teacher (posted last year in january) i have a lot to ask you. I am teaching in one of SBPs in Pahang. This year, i have to teach SPM level and english is the killing subject for this school. I am teaching 2 classes - the creme and the last class. My concern is on how to let my students (majority sit in B level) to buck up and score A+
I am thinking of doing extra classes with them. The main concern is what are the contents of my extra class. How to go through extra class with them.
My next concern is my last class. Should i create a module for them where i go through all the grammar items? I am thinking of compiling numbers of rational cloze, grammar exercises and reading comprehension texts. For writing, should i supply them with samples of good essays and let them identify useful phrases to be used. Later let them write a similar one?
I keep on thinking and haven't started on anything for the module. Oh, i just sat for anxiety test and YES my anxiety level is to its max! :D
I assume this is your name tx for visiting my blog. I didn't realise I hv a fan hehe...so you're teaching in sbp too..let me try to answer your questions. For the first question, yes why not? Go ahead with your extra class idea. You can make use of those classes to focus on writing for example..just writing. The normal classes can focus on the other skills. In the writing class, you can think of strategies for writing e.g. paragraph level before you do full essays, elaborations techniques, the five para essay, cont. Writing n d different genres.... anything that helps them write better. Don't be too ambitious. They will need a lot of support e.g.s topic vocab list for different topics.
Regarding your second question- since this the poorer class, my suggestion is you focus on what helps them score. I would go for directed writing, reading comp n summary n info transfer but of course you know your students better so u will b d best judge no worries, just set your mind on something and get it going. Improve as you go along. Do consult senior teachers in your panel for advice too. Best!
The Thinking Teacher