Teaching Listening and Speaking

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First online task(TW10103) 2ND APRIL 2011
Share with us know your thoughts and your experiences in Teaching Listening and Speaking in your school. Candidly share your opinions on the following topics. 1.What are your best accomplishments in teaching these two skills to your students? 2. What are some of the challenges/problems you encountered in teaching this two skills? 3.What are your hopes and expectations of this course?

Thank you
Dr Lee
Dear Doc,
Thank you for posting these questions; frankly speaking I’ve already felt the burden and daunting task because of this new routine of becoming a student and a teacher at the same time. Anyway I’ll try my best to fulfil the task. Sorry if my answers are too long, I just can’t control the desire to write.

1. The pupils in SK Pulau Gaya especially in my class love imitating other and singing songs. They learn new language by imitating people who can impress and make them enjoy themselves whether in class or outside the class. Learning through experiences and observing the pupils, I try to adapt a new approach rather than using the same old monotonous and boring method. Luckily I could play some musical instrument especially the guitar, so from that point, there’s no turning back. From a boring class. I managed to turn my class into becoming more lively and interactive. By singing songs, pupils are already engaging actively in listening and speaking process. Whereas, I sing the song first as they try to listen to the lyrics and afterwards they will try to sing it together. This process may sound cliché’ or maybe just ordinary but for me it worked like a charm. In addition, memorising words, phrases or sentences seemed to have some small impact for the pupil. If they like the song that they’ve heard then they will try their best to memorise the lyrics although it will take some time. From speaking the common Bajau, Suluk/Tausug or Sabahan Malay language, some of my pupils have shown their effort to speak in...
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