• Wee Siew Hong


Wee Siew Hong


美国爱荷华大学 硕士
The University     of Iowa  MA (Master of Arts)




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雅思听说IELTS Speaking   and Listening



My brief teaching experience from Nov 2014 to Mar 2015   at Xiamen University has been an enriching one.  I was given the task of teaching 176   first-year students studying the Dublin Program in The International College   of the university.  One of the subjects   taken by the students as part of the program is IELTS Speaking and   Listening.  My teaching becomes a   challenge to equip students with speaking and listening skills and strategies   coupled with on-going practices.  One   of the teaching methodologies I first adopted was to have all students seated   in a circle (45 students in each class) to introduce themselves.  Then, each student took turns to introduce   themselves to the class.  This approach   allows full students participation.    Another avenue used is group work by forming 3-4 students in one group   with a group leader.  In this way,   students are able to share knowledge and learn from each other.  The use of appropriate videos will soon be   used to reinforce the learning of vocabulary in a fun-filled manner.  Lyrics listening is also another method to learn   vocabulary effectively and to practice listening in an interesting mode.  Generally speaking, students are shy to   speak especially in unfamiliar surroundings.    An approach to help students to overcome their shyness and nervousness   is to engage in role plays of different real-life situations. This exposure   would build up their confidence in speaking.    In view of this, it is highly expected that all students could achieve   a minimum score of 6 in IELTS test.

My teaching experience at an institute in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province is also a   rewarding one.  I taught first-year Business   students from September 2009 to May 2014.    The Holmesglen Program (an Australian Program) at the institute   requires students to first successfully complete the language component part   of the program before moving onto the Stage part of the program.  The Stages is the major that the students   are studying.   I was teaching   speaking, listening and writing part of the language component of the   Holmesglen Program.  To make learning   more interesting, appropriate videos were used in the process of   teaching.  To enhance the effective   learning of vocabulary, appropriate language games were introduced.  In this way, students should remember most   of the vocabulary taught as well as to use them in context.  Besides, lyrics listening activities were   introduced to practice listening skills and aid in the learning of   vocabulary.  In addition to teaching,   setting of question papers (including the marking of the papers) for writing   for both Mid-Term and Final Exams at the institute becomes a part of the   teaching duty.  As the class size is   half of that at the university, the U-shape seating arrangement is preferred.  This also allows full students   participation.  As expected, the   students performed well in all the exams.  Students also need to take IELTS and CET 4   & 5 tests and obtain the desired scores to make it for further studies   either overseas or locally.

Finally, my close to two decades (April 1987   December 2004) of teaching experience at   The Singapore Polytechnic in Singapore is the foundation and a memorable   one.  Setting of any question papers   for oral and written has always been part and parcel of teaching, let alone   the tremendous task of marking the huge volume of on-going assessments and   formal exams.  Students studying at the   polytechnic have to take both oral and written modules in their first-year of   study.  The main modules taken are Oral   Presentation for all Engineering and Business students, Project and Academic long   and short Report Writing for both Engineering and Business students.  To facilitate learning, appropriate videos   were used in the teaching of the modules.    A range of teaching methodologies was used in teaching like case   studies, videos and simulations.  It is   to stimulate the process of learning.    On top of that, students have to take elective modules like Drama,   Creative Writing Skills and Critical Thinking Skills, just to name a few   here.  While teaching full-time   students then, I was teaching part-time Business students, who are young   working adults, studying in the evenings at the polytechnic.  One of the modules taught was Business   Correspondence and Short Report Writing.    These teaching experiences have certainly become a part of my life.

On my educational background, I studied in the USA and received both Bachelor’s   and Master’s Degrees in English Education and Educational Administration   respectively.  In obtaining both   degrees, there were a number of term papers to complete in each semester of   each course taken, written exams and completed a project on simulation.  Student teaching was one internship I did   so as to complete my degree program.  I   taught English Literature at a junior high school.  In order to gain more teaching experiences,   I did voluntary teaching at a center for language learning of English as a   Second Language.  As an appreciation of   my effort, I received an award from the State Governor for my voluntary   services rendered to the community.  It   was certainly an honor to receive that award.    When I was home for the winter vacation, I did part-time teaching at   The Singapore American School and The International School in Singapore.  Those teaching experiences boosted my chance   of securing an elite teaching position at a tertiary institution in my   country after graduation from the University.