Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lumberjack Song


redundancy (n.)

ARS Diploma May 2010, Question 6

The painful truth is this: regardless of teacher, method, resources or techniques, a good student will always learn and a bad student never will.

How do you cope with being a redundant piece of furniture in the classroom?

Examiners' Report

Once again, a large percentage of candidates seemed to accept the fact that they are superfluous to the learning process, and proceeded to belt out their sob-sob stories of I never wanted to do this, anyway, I wanted to be a lumberjack, etc.

It had been hoped that candidates would argue that there is a place for the teacher in the classroom and that they have a vital role to play stimulating interest, organising practice, presenting language, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Several candidates did in fact take this line, while one person passed automatically on account of her including the phrases "source of knowledge" and "facilitator of information" in her opening sentence.

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