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a waste of time

01.03.04, 08:35
It just occurred to me how much time is wasted in Polish schools, especially
during English classes.
I know, it's nothing innovative, no brilliant discovery... BUt anyway, I just
remembered a friend of mine who attended a reputable high school, where they
claim to have an extended curriculum of English. They start from,
intermediate/pre-intermediate level but have 6 English classes weekly.
In this case the teacher doesn't face the problem of mixed-abilities (at
least not to a great extent), and thus the major factor to be held
responsible for the slow down of progress is gone.
Circumstances are favorable, comparable to these on a course in a language
school, as students are divided into 2 groups with approximately 15 students
each.

The questions is, how come those students don't reach the FCE level? As this
time, with such intensity (6 classes weekly) should suffice to take the FCE
exam even without learning previouslsy, assuming they start with the
beginner's level. (According to the calculations by the organizers of the
Cambridge exams sufficient skills to pass the FCE exam can be mastered during
approximately 650 hours, 6 hours weekly means 720 hours for 4 years of high
school)

And the girl, whose case I'm discribing, after graduating this reputable high-
school, which people compete fiercely to get to, took a year-long course in a
language school (again 120 hours) only to end up with a C.

Later,
Kociamama.
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    • chickenshorts Re: a waste of time 01.03.04, 09:54
      kociamama napisała:

      > And the girl, whose case I'm discribing, after graduating this reputable high-
      > school, which people compete fiercely to get to

      hi, mama!
      why not not name the shameful school? might stop other gullible people
      becoming victims of school-hype...

      > took a year-long course in a
      > language school (again 120 hours) only to end up with a C.

      a bit slow, was she?

      > Later,
      > Kociamama.
      • kociamama Re: a waste of time 01.03.04, 12:11
        I guess the problem is not the shameful school, but the shameful teacher, and
        I'm not familiar with her name...
        There's no use disparaging the entire school, as incompetent individuals are to
        blame.
        You can get mediocre teachers in most reputable schools, and excellent teachers
        in infamous places...

        Later,
        Kociamama.
      • kociamama Re: a waste of time 01.03.04, 12:06
        The girl is not lazy, I assure you, presently she's studying at the University
        Of Cracow. She reads a lot and has a comprehensive knoledge concerning a
        variety of subjects.
        She's nor lazy, she hasn't simply been taught how to leran English more
        effectively. Methodology also plays a significant part in the learning process,
        you know. If it was obvious to everybody how to master the language such
        misunderstandings as Callan, Sita or the traditional method prevailing in
        POlish schools (grammar, grammar, grammar, a lot of speaking Polish, not the
        target language) wouldn't take place.

        Later,
        Kociamama.
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