Note to Parents / Guardians
1. Teaching Techniques and help from home
2. Homework Policy
3. Mock Examinations and Reports
4. Progress or lack of in class
It has always been my guiding force to think of my students and you parents/guardians as my clients or rather work partners since our final aim is the same—the improvement of our children/students. The aim of this note is to explain briefly the above points and thereof put my cards on the table. Forgive me for opening my note with the following blunt statements:
I AM A HARD WORKING TEACHER AND I EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM MY STUDENTS.
My teaching varies from the traditional chalk, talk and explain to modern teaching methods using the internet and other audio-visual aides. I mainly use the bbc.co.uk site since I believe it provides me with the pronunciation I would like my students to get accustomed to. Other iPad apps will be used to maximize learning.
My lessons are grouped in modules, which will provide practice in vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading comprehensions, guided and free compositions, poetry and reading.
In every module, an extra reading book will be set. I believe reading is the key to success since it enhances vocabulary and broadens the mind. These books will be on the CD. This CD will be given to the students with the first four modules.
Help from Home
I believe that we all love to help our children. My advice is ‘YES’ guide them, refer them to other sources of learning, but ‘NO’ don’t sit down and actually spell out what they should be writing down.
By the end of every routine, students will have done
1. A spelling test
2. Word Power exercises
3. Listening comprehension passage
4. A minimum of two reading comprehension passages
5. Tackled some exercises to reinforce a grammar point
6. A poem
7. A guided/free composition
8. Read a teacher chosen book in class.
9. Read another book independently
Each task has been carefully planned and it actually took me time to prepare. So what I expect from my students is to give in their work neatly and on time.
· I WILL NOT CONDONE any CARELESSNESS. Work, which is either given late or its standard lacks much to be desired WILL BE PENALIZED. SLOPPY WORK ... SLOPPY MARK.
· Compositions given without a proper correction of the previous one WILL NOT BE CORRECTED.
· Compositions which are graded below 5, are required to be rewritten from scratch as indicated by the teacher’s correction. They must also be signed by parents/guardians.
· Compositions must be written down and not typed.
· Each class/home work has its specific copybook. Students must take note of this.
· In case of any loss of copybooks, students will be asked to rewrite the copybooks showing the work which would have been done by then.
· If a student was absent when work was given, she WILL NOT BE EXCUSED from giving her work. A later date when work is to be given will be agreed upon by teacher and student.
Mock Examinations and Reports
Student will be required to sit for two Mock Examinations: one in December and the other one in May. These mocks will cover ALL the work done in class and at home as independent learning. The examination will have the following sections:
2. Listening Comprehension read by the teacher
3. Reading Comprehension
5. Unseen Poem and Unsseen Text
6. Vocabulary, Spelling, Expression.
7. Language Development (Grammar)
8. Reading to an Audience
9. Spoken English
Each student will be given a report wherein I write my comments and where the students and guardian/parents are expected to write theirs. A sample of the Mock Examinations will be handed to the Head of School for inspection. Action will be taken if results show reluctance/lack of study. Students who come in first and those who show effort will be awarded.
I would like to thank you for taking time to read these notes. I would be explaining these notes in class but I would appreciate if you stressed them further at home. At the end of the day the above notes were all outlined to prepare the groundwork for definite progress. I just want my students to realize that in order to improve they must do their fair share.
Thanks and Carpe Diem,
Ms Ruth Spiteri Bezzina
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