discussionWhat we teach to our students, always bring different impacts. Sometimes, our students easy to forget what we have taught. It usually happens when we do passive teaching (we teach for a while, write on the whiteboard, give a task, and we only have a sit while waiting for our students to finish their task). Passive teaching will never reach the main purpose of teaching process itself.

There are several reasons about why our students are easy to forget what they have heard from us. One of those interesting reasons is the difference of speaking speed level (of the teachers) and the listening speed level (of the students). Confucius (Great Chinese Philosopher) said:

What I hear, I forget

What I see, I remember

What I do, I understand

And Mel Silberman (www.activetraining.com) said:

What I hear, I forget

What I hear and see, I begin to understand

What I hear, see, discuss, and do, I acquire knowledge and skill

What I teach to another, I master

These statements are the basic concept of active teaching-learning process. If we (as a teacher) can understand these statements, I am sure that we can create meaningful teaching-learning process by creating activities that support our students to improve their English skills. Based on the statements above, we can conclude that why our students’ abilities in English are never improve is because:

  1. Sometimes we only ask them to listen to us
  2. Sometimes we give them no chance to see and feel what is the real application of using English

So, what are they ways out?

  1. Leave your classic class where you teach and your student sit to listen to you. Why don’t you try to order your students to teach their friends a simple material? Besides they will get new experience and self confidence, they will be more understand and master the material they deliver (concept of “what I teach to another, I master”).
  2. Play video, film, slide show, or other kinds of visualization to increase the understanding of your students (concept of “what I hear and see, I understand”).
  3. If your class cannot be set into fun class because maybe you think it will be time consuming and far from curriculum’s demands, build an English club where you can avoid the curriculum’s demands and handbook, and where you can do much more activities but still can reach the purpose of teaching-learning process (the improvement of students’ skills). But later, if you have built an English club, don’t teach your students as you teach in the classroom. Teach your students to be brave, teach them about debating, teach them how to prepare an English retelling story competition, give them fun activities or join an English camp/English radio program (if available in your town), etc.

If you think you know your students’ condition, why don’t you try to help them to get good progress in English? Give various activities, not additional homework that you think will make them better in English. Better in mark? Maybe yes. But they will not understand what they have written.

Another source: How To Build A Fun English Class

  1. Mr. X
    October 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Artikelnya inspiratif, tapi juga terlalu idealis. Beberapa idenya mas Khadis belum bisa dipadukan dengan kurikulum yang berlaku saat ini dan belum bisa diterapkan di kelas. Tapi bisa juga sebagai salah satu variasi bentuk ulangan nih, mas. Thanks referensinya.

  2. khadis
    October 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks masukannya. Moga saya bisa posting artikel yang lebih aplikatif…..

  3. ari
    October 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Hello, I’m here right now after you’ve sent me many messages informing about your blog. it make me curious what will you write here.
    You describe what teachers commonly do in their classes (If it`s written based on your own experience, your teacher should be ill-feel)and there must be a lot of backgrounds for the teachers in doing so.I think every teacher try their best in giving the materials related to the English syllabus in their own method. Teacher have to teach classical class with numerous students’ background. It’s not as easy as you read an ideal concept of teaching English and imagine that the students should get more fun and understanding in English class. Many theories, method and techniques should be read as a references for teachers in order to be better in teaching process and i absolutely agree with it. Thanks for giving us the information that remind us to reread how to be a good teacher. All of teachers want their students to be the best in mastering English, never doubt it

  4. mbuh lah
    October 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Iya tuh, mas khadis bikin sensasi lah hehehee….. mas khadis kan bukan guru, tidak merasakan proses pembelajaran yang sesungguhnya. lagian mas khadis cuma tentor di ekstrakurikuler kan? sok berpengalaman lah hehehehe…..tapi so far so good, kreatif, and keep up dating this blog ya mas? gue suka gaya loe….mari ubah gaya and sistem pendidikan kita!!!!!!

  5. October 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    “I am not a well trained (not a very experienced) english teacher” itu benar. Apa yang saya posting di sini adalah referensi, yang boleh jadi tidak “applicable” dan telah saya susun berdasarkan observasi terhadap web site profesional yang menyediakan referensi tentang bahasa inggris. Kebanyakan web yang jadi referensi saya menyuguhkan dan menyarankan soal “active and fun english class”, jadi jika tidak dapat diaplikasikan di dalam kelas, apa yang saya posting di sini barangkali bisa Anda terapkan di English Club, misalnya.
    Nah, jika Anda ada yang merasa keberatan dengan bahasa tulisan yang saya gunakan (misalnya provokatif, tidak relevan, dll.), bisa Anda layangkan komplain ke e-mail saya: refinemyself@gmail.com

  6. September 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Reblogged this on अनुभव र अनुभूति (FEELING and PERCEPTION) and commented:
    It’s true that active learning class lessens boredom and builds co-operative learning environment.

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