Improvement? There’s always room!
I believe there is always room for improvement as I would like to share as below suggestions to teachers as well as suggestions to candidates based on the analysis of quality of answers in the UPSR exams particularly for English papers.
SUGGESTIONS TO CANDIDATES
1. Learn to write neatly, clearly and legibly.
2. Do lots of exercises on the different aspects of grammar in order to have a better understanding of the different functions of grammar rules.
3. Use more English in everyday activities both in written and spoken form to improve language proficiency and confidence.
4. Read materials in English intensively and extensively in order to have more exposures in a variety of English forms and structures.
5. Always make a practice to ask when in doubt and use the dictionary to widen your vocabulary.
6. Study and understand the words given before you construct simple and compound sentences.
7. Study all the information and details given in the text carefully before transferring them. Practice as many exercises as possible to familiarise with the task.
8. Mind map or brain storm before answering Section C. Use WH (What, Who, Where, When, Why, How) questions to help you elaborate your ideas. Add in as many new words according to the picture and notes given.
9. Pay attention in class.
10. Revise your lessons regularly and complete the homework given by the teacher.
11. Watch English programs on television, example documentaries, news and children‟s educational series.
12. Always jot down the new words that you come across when you are reading or when you hear people talking.
SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS
1. Teach all the skills listed in the syllabus.
2. List all the grammatical items that should be taught and make sure students master them.
3. Motivate students to use the language in their everyday activities.
4. Teach simple sentences and ensure they master them before proceeding to compound.
5. Equip students with suggested vocabulary listed in the syllabus.
6. Create meaningful English environment inside and outside the classroom.
7. Give the students more practices in spelling and dictation.
8. Bear in mind that creative and critical thinking skills are to be emphasized in exercises and practices given to students.
9. Be a good role model and have a close rapport with your students.
10. Cultivate a love for the language by adopting and adapting a variety of teaching methods and strategies. This will avoid students from the notion that English is a boring and difficult subject.
11. Teach English as a language and not as a tool to answer examination questions.
12. Avoid drilling stereotyped sentence patterns. Students should not be made to memorise words, phrases and sentences. Let them flourish in the language by themselves even by using simple English.
13. Upgrade own proficiency by using the language yourself.
14. Have model writings for the average and slow learners as a guide.
15. Avoid drilling stereotyped sentence patterns.
16. Provide more samples of UPSR format questions and drill the students.
17. Stress and train students to read and follow rubrics and instructions carefully.
18. Teach or encourage students to use adjectives, adverbs, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and similes in a variety of sentence structures.
19. Help pupils gain confidence in the learning of English through games, quizzes, spelling competitions, role-plays, songs and jazz chants and thus making learning English fun.
20. Enjoy teaching the subject.