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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Use The English Language When Teaching An English Class

The title says it all I guess. I had been in English classes for two days now to prepare for my IELTS exam. It felt really crazy to be enrolled in those since being educated in the Philippines, I had undergone at least 15 years of formal english lessons in school. But, I thought it would be good to know what I would be in for during the exam.

The lessons were ok but could be better actually. There are a few comments I would raise with the owner though and I am seriously thinking of calling his attention about them. Firstly, the instructor spoke in Filipino while he was teaching English. I found that really crazy. I mean he would probably rationalize that he was just giving us the answers to the questions, which by the way I had expected to be rationalized. However, instructors are expected to teach what they preach.

Secondly, there were several grammatical errors in today's exercises. Not that I know English perfectly, which I do not claim to be so at all. But, I would expect my teachers to be better at it than I. One or two mistakes could have passed as typographical errors. But when there are at least 5, the impression you'd get is that the teacher doesn't really know the answers or that the material had not been thoroughly reviewed. I would be guilty of the second one because most of my blogs do not go through a second reading nor editing. But, hey, I'm not here to teach grammar.

I do hope that the review centers would be careful about what and how they present the materials. These are not given for free and there are people who depend on them for the information that would have a great effect on their lives.

How would you react if you were in my shoes?


TiLT said...

It is ashame when instructors do not know the material, whether it be english class or another. You should mention something to whoever is in charge - like you said - you did pay for this course.
It is such a vital part of coming to this country for so many. I have known quite a few people that have come over & they all had the same complaint.
We need to get on the ball if we want english to be understood by everyone.
And your english is perfectly fine...better than many who were raised here.

jane said...

thanks. I try to apply what I learn.