Wednesday, 3 June 2009


Last year I was blessed to be given a chance to teach a new course which was accounting course. It set back me from the norm that I was used to when teaching medical and science students. There were indeed differences among the students, but either positively or negatively, I took all the disparity as a stepping stone for me to be creative in diversifying my lessons.

Once, a lecturer once said that students will always be students. You cannot expect all of them to change but the only thing you can do is try. So, teaching for me is a learning process which totally depends on the educator. I needed time to adjust but time was not on my side since the course was given to me last minute since there was no one available. So, with little background on business English I exposed myself to magazines such as the Time magazine and Accountancy magazines to get the gist of what needs to be learnt in Business English.

Alhamdullillah the semester sailed as planned but what I regretted most is that there were certain activities which were planned earlier in the semester that couldn’t be conducted due to the limited hours per class as compared to other courses. this time around they also participated less in contributing ideas in essays but more towards hand on skills in managing events, trips and participating in competitions. Students seemed quite passive at first but towards the end some of them their true colours, while there were still those who were too shy to break out of the comfort zone of being timid and shy. For those who realized a change in themselves deserve a round of applause. Although statistically the number of A achievers were lower than other English courses but I am proud of their spirit to learn the language because they themselves realize the importance of the language. Grades are just figures. Which student would you be, an A student who does things effortlessly because he already has the knowledge or a B student who struggles to get an A but fails to do so. In the end it is the B student which will learn a lot along the learning curve. This comparison is somewhat similar if you compare an SPM achiever that comes from an urban area to a student in rural area. Although the grades achieved maybe the same but who do you think will gain more coverage?
Work hard to achieve your goal.

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