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Yesterday noon, I had lunch with Angel, Anna, and Mei-yun. We talked about some reading activities. The following are some:
1. Let junior students choose one article they like to read every week and they write their afterthought/reflection in Chinese.
2. Give students the same article to read. The next day they have to take a 5-minute open-book quiz. The quiz contains some reading comprehension questions and vocabulary items.
3. Students get the same article. They are divided into several groups. Each group has to translate a part of the article into Chinese. Then the translations will be put up on the bulletin board. Finally the students take a quiz on the article.
Though these activities are used to ensure most students will read, I still have a dream that one day all students read for pleasure, out of their own will, but not for the test.
At this webpage, you can find suggestions from a senior high school teacher on how to prepare for the math test on the UEE.
Here at the United Daily News website, you can find some tips on preparing for the UEE, including some for the English test on the UEE.
I came across this article on the Net. It offers some good tips from NTU Prof. Hsi (奚永慧) on English learning, including some on taking the English test on the UEE.
Thank you for your feedback. In fact, I believe you will be a very conscientious teacher because of your concern about what is really good for your students. You care.
I care, too.
This afternoon, I had an unexpected visitor–Ken, the guy I mentioned to you. He not only knows you but still remembers you as a student with very good English ability. He even knows you are studying at NTNU.
At dinner, I told him that what moved me most in teaching English was not that my student got a 100 on the test, but that my students read English novels or magazines out of their own will. Take the four 303 students for example. In their third year, Wei-chen tried reading Economist, Diego Fortune, Chao-lung Time, and Hsiuen-ann Reader's Digest. That really touched me. I believe that is what learning English is about: Use it as a tool to get information or just enjoy reading whatever is in English.
I don't mean vocabulary and grammar are not important. In fact, they are the basics. However, we shouldn't spend too much time on them or just stop there. They must learn to read through reading. I remember once a teacher from Studio Classroom said in her speech, "The only way to expand one's vocabulary is through reading." She did not say "The best way," but "The only way."
Thank you for discussing this interesting issue with me. Keep your faith.