With the now-defunct PPSMI (Science & Mathematics Teaching & Learning in English) declared as unsuccessful, Malaysian Government has decided to introduce a new education policy called “Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia, Memperkukuh Bahasa Inggeris” (affectionately known as MBMMBI). And with that new policy kicking off, Government decided that it will also be a ‘brilliant’ idea to give intensive and rigorous course to the teachers who are teaching English but majoring in other subject; meaning to say, English isn’t their option; like myself, I am a Science option because I was given maximum training on how to teach science in schools; and also minoring in English- the weightage of training is secondary to Science. But apparently it seems that Government don’t pay heed to the “minoring course” (although Government was the one who established that for our training); so I have to attend a course.
So happened that I saw my friend Salim’s name also included in the list (he was from SK Kampung Soeharto) so without further a due, made a pack with him to go to the course together. Salim would be staying with me in Serendah and I’ll be driving my Dagny to the course venue in KL since Salim wasn’t really good with KL roads. So for the past 3 days, I was the chauffeur back and fro from Serendah, Hulu Selangor to Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa at Lembah Pantai, KL; woke up as early as 5.00 A.M. to push off from Serendah circa 6.10 A.M just to avoid the immense traffic jam; along side Kak Masnah, my SK Serendah’s colleague and Salim!
We were told that the course will be divided into 4 phases and we were attending the 1 st course which would be stressing on Listening & Speaking skills; the rest will be followed in the upcoming months! We were clustered according to the district (mine was Hulu Selangor) and we were merged with teachers from Sabak Bernam’s district.
On whole, I love the activities conducted which comprised Public Speaking, Idiomatic Expressions, etc. And furthermore, it involved a lot of group work and I love doing oral activities! First, I named my group as “Spirit Of Kak Limah” (Hantu Kak Limah) which of course was inspired by a pupil of mine who asked me if he could name his group “Ghost of Kak Limah” during in one of activities I conducted in my class! Hahahaha! But then, the group was defunct by the facilitator and we were dispersed into new group; again, I contributed to the name of group- “Waka Waka!”
Initially, I had planned a lengthy topic on “How I Become A Teacher” for my public speaking (Refer to my August 2008 entry! You’ll die of shocking!) but on the eleventh hour, it was said that the time was merely 3 minutes! So I scrapped the whole thing and went impromptu on “Myself”! Hahaha! The lecturers said I’ve done great job (to my surprise!) and commented that I could speak well (I was a bit conscious about my grammar; or maybe NOT! Hhaha!). Of course, my English isn’t flawless but it’s nice to able to show that even non-optionist English teachers are not bad at all; and to certain extend perhaps outwitting those who are certified. Either way, it was good to have new knowledge to expand my own horizon and perspective on Teaching English.
I enjoyed the course because I had opportunity to meet new friends and expand my networking. It is also a down-to-earth experience to meet veteran teachers and shared their pleas and plights during Reflection sessions. Although for the nest phase, I am sure it will be tedious, I will try to make the best of it; like what my ex-IPDA lecturer texted me “Just try to make the best of it”. Well, life is Joie de Vivre, isn’t it? (,”)