PPSMI issue once again has been debated by people and bloggers nowadays. I also have my own thought regarding this issue. Before I talk about PPSMI, let me share with you first on how do I improve my English during my school days.
How do I improve my English during school days?
1. Listening to english song
I’ve been tuning to Hitz.FM in 1998. I will search for the lyrics online and print few songs on a single A4 paper. Whenever I’ve listened to the song, I’ll sing it along. Please note that there’s no such thing as MP3 player in the early 2000. Besides that, I prefer hip hop genre because most rap songs has more words and interesting vocabs that I can learn.
2. Watching movies and drama either English or Malay
When I’m watching TV3 malay drama, there will be an English subtitle. So, its an easy way to learn how the subtitler translate the Malay word into the english and vice versa. The same goes when watching English movies in cinema. The funniest movie title translation was ‘The Day after Tomorrow’ which has been translated as ‘Lusa’. Four words become 4 characters.
3. Write a love diary
When I’ve started to get bored writing a normal diary about home works and events, I write about my love life in a diary. Its an offline diary because I just want to keep it to myself and share it with my close friend. When I read back the diary, its makes me reminiscing the good old times, loving, flirting, crushing and heart breaking stories. Since I have the passion in love at that time, that’s why writing in English really helped me to improve on my writing skills.
How about my SPM?
After all, I’ve got 1A and 3B (GCE-O) for my English 1119 during SPM 2003.
However all of these effort is useless because I failed miserably during my interview of JPA scholarship in UPM on 2004. I’ve noticed that my weakness is that I cannot talk and discuss in English well. Besides that, I don’t speak much in English with my friends. And that’s the main point on how to learn a language. It is to speak, not just to write.
As you can see or read right now, blogging is my new way of improving my English. I guess I have improved a lot since my early days in Blogspot since 2005. (OK, there’s still some grammar mistake in this entry, I’m sorry)
So, enough of the humble introduction. So, let’s go to the main issue about PPSMI. Let me translate is as teaching and learning maths and science subjects in English.
What’s wrong with PPSMI?
I’ve went to the PPSMI Abolishment Forum in Main Auditorium few weeks ago. I was very tired and I’ve fallen asleep. But I was awake when MP Pasir Salak, YB Dato Tajuddin was delivering his energetic speech. I agreed with him regarding the importance of learning English. Besides that, I also agreed with Che Det about PPSMI 1 and PPSMI 2. Another cool thoughts can be read from Teacher Nani’s blog.
Fight for BM survival?
Students still have to take Komponen Sastera (KOMSAS) and they have to pass BM in order to pass their SPM. If they fail English, they still can pass for SPM.
I wonder why non-malay students can excels in BM while malay students fail miserably?
Its all because of the attitude. You think you speak in Malay and you know BM very well. That’s how a typical malay students, including me. Just like when Arabs people speaking Arabic Ammi (colloquial) language in the daily life.
How about Nik Nur Madihah, student who gets 20A in SPM 2009?
See, this is another exciting evidence to show that she can achieve success in PPSMI era. She’s a good example for the rural area students who come from poor family. Yeah, I’ve been holding this topic until the SPM result was announced. I enjoy watching good students with lots of A’s with poor background.
How about the future?
There’s too much thing we can do if we are good in English. For me, language means power. You master more language, you can get more influence. I hate it when there’s a vacancy and its meant for those who can speak Mandarin. WTH? So, if we want to make proud of Bahasa Malaysia, we should maximise its usage. Education is just one aspect. Just leave it and hope that it will be improved in due time. How about my role? I guess I’ll start to master my design field and spread the knowledge and vocabularies from the design world into Bahasa Malaysia.
Don’t blame others about PPSMI. Let’s think about the good side and ask yourself, what can you do to help Bahasa Malaysia while be able to speak English confidently.
P/S – Its a parody graphic for Anti PPSMI. Someone should come up with that idea. Why not me? 😛