Lean Mei Li, SK Bandar Damansara Utama (4), Selangor
“It’s an educational trip for the students as they managed to learn a lot of new things. I think this is probably their first time being out on their own.
Even though they are still young, this trip gives them the opportunity to learn how to spend their money wisely.
It’s also a good experience for me. I enjoyed the trip too although I had to keep a close eye on them.
Most of the pupils who entered the contest had an objective — they were all aiming for this all-expenses-paid Hong Kong trip. It is good motivation and a step in the right direction in getting pupils to enjoy learning the English language.”
Chuah Sim Swee, SMK Perempuan Cina Pulau Pinang, Penang
“My passport lapsed in September and I didn’t bother renewing it, thinking that I wasn’t going out of the country anyway. Then when I went to class, one of them came up to me and said, “Teacher isn’t that our name in the papers (upon being shortlisted)?”
From then on they stayed back after classes and it was a lot of hard work on their part. Nobody knew how to make the costume so we started from scratch.
Throughout this trip, they’ve learnt to be more confident of themselves. They also got to see how people in other countries and culture live. One thing I told them in particular is that you have to always be on time and that you mustn’t keep other people waiting.
In the beginning of the year, it was frustrating as I tried getting my students to converse in English in class. Now I’m very happy to hear them conversing in English throughout the trip.”
Shamala Devi Ramasamy, SMK Bukit Mewah, Seremban
“I must say the trip was beneficial. It gave all the students (from the winning teams) a platform to communicate and express themselves in English.
It was a good get-together for it was without doubt that they had lots of fun in Disneyland. They made new friends and enjoyed the company of students from the other schools.
It was also an opportunity to get to know the other teachers better. We had met briefly at competitions before, but the outing allowed us as teachers to discuss and share our interests and ideas.
I am also trying to encourage the students to watch more Disney movies especially the older ones as they usually have a message. They are also more down-to-earth and meaningful compared to the morbid cartoons that children and teens watch these days.”