HANUNG TRIYOKO’S NOTE : THE FUNNY EXPERIENCE OF LANGUAGE TEACHING
Teacher: Budi, please tell us about your last holiday.
Budi : Last Tuesday, I go to the zoo.
Teacher: No, no, Budi, no.
Budi : Yes, sir, yes. Last Tuesday I go to the zoo
Teacher: Don’t call me Sir.
Budi : Yes, yes. Last Tuesday I go to the zoo
Teacher: No, Budi, no.
Budi : Yes, true. I go to the zoo (Then he turned his head and whispered to his friend beside him and asked, “The English translation of “Kebun binatang” is “zoo”, isn’t it? And when his friend nodded at him he continued,” Yes, Last Tuesday I go to the zoo.
Teacher : Last Tuesday, I went to the zoo (Finally the teacher corrected Budi’ mistakes in using simple past tense on the sentence he made.)
Budi : I did not meet you teacher. What time? (At that time Budi was trying to ask his teacher about the exact time when he went to the zoo).
Teacher : Kata ‘go’ kamu ganti ‘went’, remember Past Tense (The teacher was compelled or forced to use Indonesian language in teaching his student. Actually he tried to minimize the use of Indonesian in his teaching in his class. He wants to use English as much as he can).
Budi : Ooh, Last Tuesday I went to the zoo (At that moment Budi felt so proud when he successfully corrected the grammar of his sentence but to his surprise most of his friends felt so strange and astonished about his poor knowledge on the pattern of simple past tense. How can it be?).
Teacher: OK, good. Now please continue your story, Budi.
Budi : I am like monkey
Teacher : No, Budi, no.
Budi : Yes, I am like monkey
Teacher : I like monkey (at this moment directly the teacher chose to make a correction immediately in order not to waste his time).
Budi : Oh, You are like monkey too.
Teacher: Budi, NO! (Then the teacher gave the opportunity to other students to tell his or her experience. At the same time Budi was trying to ponder his mistakes in making English sentences. For a few days Budi felt unhappy not because of his mistakes of making sentences but he asked himself why the teacher did not let him tell freely his experience. This hurt him deeply.
Oh, it is a pity of knowing this story. Proverb says, “Our experience is the best teacher only if we do not laugh at it”.