The last time I blogged was about 3 months ago, at the very beginning of the semester.
Now the semester has even ended.
There were so many things that had happened within the period of my absence in the blogosphere world.
Teaching...Ramadhan... Syawal... All are over...
Perhaps I should only ramble on those that were salient??
Ok...Frankly, I can't even recall those so-called salient events...
This is really not a fabulous way to resume a rusty blog, huh??
Virtual nervous breakdown is impending...
Ok, let's talk about the here and now..
This week, I have been marking an infinite number of final exam scripts.
None of the essays tickle my fancy.
They are all very forgettable.
I remember my determination during my degree and masters studies. Every time before I started writing, I would ponder for quite a while "How do I make sure my essay sounds different from the rest of my friends'??"
I forced myself to think out of the box.
Coz I know, language-wise, as students majoring in English language, our language proficiency gap wasn't so big; all were of about the same level.
That was how I survived, although I didn't have exceptional language skills compared to others.
Thus, reading boring essays from students with good language skills makes me utterly disappointed.
Nuff about that...
I don't teach degree students, but this semester, for the first time, I am given the responsibility to teach degree e-pjj students. Meaning, students who are working full time and taking degree programmes on a part time basis.
The first class I had with em was last Sunday.
It's even more nerve-wrecking I tell ya!!! Imagine teaching some students who are as old as your mom and dad!!!
But surprisingly, they were all very attentive and well-mannered.
The classes are only conducted once in 2-3 weeks. Only on Sundays, for 4 hours. I will only meet em 5 times up til December. Phewww. Thank God..
I was also told that this time, I will be on the MUET team for marking listening and writing components. Alhamdulillah for the opportunity. I hope this experience will enable me to mark more systematically in the future, and it should later be easier for me to provide tips and guidance on MUET to my own students. Not to mention, Alhamdulillah too for the $$$$$. :P
I think the above ramblings are good enough for a person whose brain has gone cuckoo for God knows how many times this semester.
Better stop now before my son chokes on carrots.
p/s- one of the reasons I didn't blog for months was because there was a problem with my netbook; I could not click on the 'Publish' button. How depressing!!!