Yesterday, I wrote a model of English Teaching. It deals with three steps that the students follow. to recall again, I include my previous post below.
Just now, I had a very good idea to gain your English mastery. The problem comes when I think my students need to read more English articles or texts besides their limited text-book material. As what I experience when I studied in Senior and Junior high school. My teachers only ask me to translate some texts. And the result is I can translate well but you know I cannot write or speak in English. the second reason is the step or reading and translating are in line with their goals to get high score in the final test or national examination. As you know, Indonesia implements Ujian nasional (Standardized national examination) by assessing the students through multiple choice questions which rely on the reading and translating skills. Therefore I’d like to make another model of my teaching by proposing the three-steps. That is what I call the three steps of Reading-translating and writing. To make it clearer, read the below explanation:
Reading step: the students are given some materials or articles which they are interested in such as story, their hobby, or novel in English. As my preference, I prefer using motivational article because it can build the students character. the length of the article or story should meet our students’ ability or level.
Translating step: the students are asked to summarize what they have read in their own word by using their mother tongue (Bahasa Indonesia). Then the students should submit or consult their summary to the teacher.
Writing step: this step is added because in this phase the students learn to produce the language and give them chance to recall all the vocabularies in the article. This assumption can be proven exactly because usually students are lack of reading and they seldom use the vocabularies they get from reading. Therefore the recall of what they read and gain the ideas from their own mother tongue (Bahasa Indonesia) is influencing them much to gain their writing ability through the easy way.
Finally, by implementing this model, your students will be successful in National examination and their English competence is also improved. Thus it will be helpful for you. Good luck. Have a nice trying.
Now, I have more ideas to improve this technique. It has to do with the best assessment as the easy way to do that. After they read, summarize, translate, and write the texts. It is better if the technique is followed by asking them to post their product to Blog (since it is very influencing much to write a good writing). The one who gets more “like” deserves to get an additional points. Furthermore, because their writing is in English, it will be challenging if theirs can be read by foreigners whose English Native. By doing so of course the students will compete to create a good writing.
Besides, gaining, the students’ writing skills, it is also influencing them to learn how to make a blog because many of my students are not capable to blogging. By asking them, obviously, it will help them much if someday they need to use blog. It will also encourage them to read and write more although they have left the school.In addition, the way we use is like being a journalist although a journalist in a very simple way.