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How have you contributed to solving a challenge and to implementing change or reform? - AAS


d2ny 12 / 39 10  
Feb 27, 2017   #1
How have you contributed to solving a challenge and to implementing change or reform? (Be specific and include: what aspect/s of your leadership knowledge, skills and practice you consider to be well established and effective; which people or organisations you worked with to solve the problem; and what creative methods were used.)

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One of the essays for Australia Awards Scholarship

ineffective methods of teaching English



I have been struggling to spread the concept of second language acquisition in English language teaching. However, people find it hard to follow the idea since most of them believe, grammar is a must to master English. There is a place called Kampung Inggris in Kediri, where there are around a hundred and eighty three English courses and camps. That place was established forty years ago. The students come from all over Indonesia and some countries such as Thailand, Yemen and Sudan to deepen their English or study it from beginner level. Yet, the tutors still teach English the same way. They teach it in Indonesian, with lots of drilling, and by using grammar-focused method. Students would sit down and listen while the tutor does the lecturing. Then, they would practice in pairs or groups. Grammar rules are memorized and students are expected to be able to make perfectly grammatical sentences in the end of the program. They don't get much exposure such as English stories, articles, videos or listening materials.

I was a teacher there in an institution called Brilliant English course. I taught speaking program for beginner students. Instead of using grammar-drilling method, I conducted language acquisition principal where I used English most of the time to make the students used to it, even though they found it difficult at first in understanding my instructions. I also used tons of handouts to make them able to produce more language. They didn't just sit and listen and we did a lot of games as warmers and fillers. I encouraged my students to interact in English and I also played English videos and listening materials to help my students obtain as many exposures as possible. The grammar point was introduced for a few minutes; then we practiced the grammar in a lively way such as mingle, role play, running dictation or group work. The result was great. Although it was only a month-class, my students felt comfortable to speak to me in English all the time.

Holt [Contributor] - / 7,660 1998  
Feb 27, 2017   #2
Dany, while the situation you presented might be considered a problem, it is not the kind of problem that the essay is asking you to present. Why is that? Mainly because the essay requires you to identify your leadership and networking abilities in the essay. Remember, there is a reference to the organization that you worked with to resolve the problem? That is where the leadership and networking abilities come in. This current essay presents you are a one person mission team. That does not show any leadership abilities in terms of influencing others to do things your way, because you did not need to convince them to do that, nor did you need the help of any person or organization to do what you did. It sounds like you went rogue in this case.

The response has to show your leadership skills such as your ability to delegate roles, influence people, cooperate with others in order to get what you need or want to happen, as well as, providing the direction for the solution to the problem you wish to solve. This essay doesn't deliver any of those important leadership factors. Review the prompt requirements one more time. You will see that you missed out on representing a majority of the required elements with this essay.
bagusetyawan 8 / 27 7  
Feb 27, 2017   #3
@d2ny
Heyy bro, it's great to know you're from BEC, I'm TEST student by the way. LOL

Allright, I'm also still learning how to answer this question actually but I can hardly understand what is your purpose in your first paragraph? I mean, your first paragraph only tells a background fact and didn't address the questions given by the AAS. I suppose you should change it first and follow the given questions.


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