ENGLISH teacher R Sathiyakumar came up with a different method of teaching composition to one of his Form Two classes at St Paul’s Institution (SPI) in Seremban.
The teacher decided to teach English by demonstrating the Bombay Toast – a family recipe which he learned from his mother Ruth Amirthanayagi four decades ago when he himself was a student in SPI in 1979.
Sathiyakumar purchased a portable stove, a non-stick frying pan, a spoon, bowl as well as bread, egg, salt, sugar and soft margarine.
Form Two Henry student Rishikehsan Sanrasegaran and his classmates watched how their teacher prepared the toast.
The teacher Sathiyakumar together with his wife Ong Kui Hua, lit the stove in the foyer where there was ample ventilation to avoid any gas leakage mishaps.
He then broke an egg, poured it into the bowl, added a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of sugar.
Sathiyakumar beat the egg until the the salt and sugar were properly blended.
After that he dipped the slices of bread and fried the slices on the
pan laced with the margarine for five minutes until they turned golden brown.
Sathiyakumar then cut the bread with his Malayan Baby Tiger sandwich cutter into tiger-shaped pieces.
Rishikehsan and his classmates then got to try the toast.
After that, they took out their exercise books and wrote about the cooking demonstration.
”The aim of the lesson was to create interest in learning English through live action, which will help the boys to remember each cooking step.
“This will enable them to return home and with their mothers’ assistance prepare the Bombay Toast together,” said Sathiyakumar.