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If a mirror provides a reflection of our appearance, our learners' performance in 1119/2 in the SPM Trial Examination 2019 offers opportunities to engage in reflection of our own teaching. The ways certain questions in Paper 2 are answered, if we examine carefully, should promise a couple of significant revelations about our strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, it is crucial for ESL/EFL teachers to be open-minded to engage in self-discovery especially our own flaws so that improvements can be achieved in future.

No doubt, I am still learning and exploring but based on my experiences teaching Form 5 for 26 years, these are some common issues when we examine our learners' answers in 1119/2.

CASE  1: SECTION A (TEXT AND GRAPHICS)

Issue: Average learners score roughly 6-8/15 marks. They have more errors in Rational Cloze.

REFLECTION:

Have I really tried to ENRICH THEIR VOCABULARY IN A  SYSTEMATIC  WAY? If yes, what system/approach/concept have I applied and how frequent? How many practices of R...

We do learn from our experience but definitely, we learn more from reflecting on our experience. The way ESL/EFL teachers reflect on the happenings around them does reveal who they are. One happening that concerns many ESL/EFL teachers at this point of time is the SPM Trial Examination 2019, of course, in particular the performance of the SPM 2019 candidates in 1119. By 22 August 2019, the English papers could be over in most schools and teachers could have started marking the examination scripts.

In about two weeks, complete results could be produced and analysis after analysis will be done. Depending on the teaching and learning contexts, the results for 1119 in the SPM Trial Examination could improve or drop. Analysing numbers and figures is one important issue but I believe there are other issues which should also be the concern of ESL/EFL teachers. In this write-up, I wish to share my thoughts especially with young and amateur English teachers who are given the responsibility to te...

Most of lower intermediate or weak learners are actually able writers, however, many of them commit multiple-word errors (MWEs) frequently. As ESL/EFL teachers we need to understand how MWEs happen and ways reduce them. Well, the reason is simple I guess. To me, the main reason for MWEs is the sentences they construct to express their ideas. Even though they are weak in English,  many lower intermediate learners perform fairly well in their mother tongue. It is due to this fact, when they think of sentences to be written for their English essays, their sentences could be something like these:

  1. Kakak saya menangis teresak-esak.

  2. Mereka terpedaya dengan tipu helah lelaki itu.

  3. Amin terkapai-kapai meminta pertolongan daripada orang sekelilingnya.

  4. Ahmad kaku di saat menerima berita kematian ayahnya.

  5. Fikiran Tihani melayang memikirkan tentang masalah yang perlu dihadapinya.

  6. Alias mematikan senyumannya ketika bersua muka dengan musuhnya.

  7. Pandangan matanya dihala...

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