Vincent go go victor

此處訴說的是一個靈敏.感性.充滿思想.一路順遂卻憤世嫉俗.有小聰明卻一天到晚想用功.遇到貴人含淚感恩.遇到仇人咬牙報仇.循規蹈矩確有著狂放心思 這樣的一個少年 在這樣的一個年代理 所留下的軌跡

Saturday, October 29, 2005

語言學與我 Linguistics with little Danny

上次的語言學概論 我竟然考了滿分(滿分者是少數)
真是我想也想不到的
上了大學以後 我懶惰的毛病常常復發 原本以為又會渾渾噩噩過四年
沒想到竟然受到上天的眷顧!
美哉潔芳!小胡萬歲!丹尼要得!天助自助!
(潔芳與小胡都是最可愛最可愛的語概老師的名字)

還記得在師大的時候 語音學是最令我感到痛苦的科目(雖然師大的語言學師資是出名的好)
但我總覺得師大的日子默默地種下了一顆埋伏的種子
聯考完以後 思索著人生的路 思索著外文系將來的打算
除了一直相當喜歡的口譯以外 第一個浮現在我腦中的 竟不是英語教學(我一直想當老師)
而是那每個禮拜一都要折磨我的兩個小時的語音學(語言學相關科目)!

在確定要當老師以後 我在開學的第一天便在下課時衝去問老師為什麼學校沒有語音學 然後鉅細靡遺的分析語音學的重要性 希望獲得老師的重視(指語音學而不是我)
禮拜二師生茶敘 我再度將問題提出 並且引用許多資料(93年度有開設語音學的大學相關科系)
但主任給的答覆是確定不會開語音學!(理由是因為 語言學概論便包含語音學 還有我們是"英語教學系" 課程會偏向教學 別人有的我們不一定要有) 我心裡的疑問是 語音學跟教學沒有關係嗎? 每一個都可以 或說都有機會有一口標準流利的美式發音 但是當你的學生發錯時 你該如何糾正他呢?

不談這個了! 我想說的是我盡力了! 我一直是盡力爭取某些覺得非常必要的東西的人 但搞這種類似"學運"的事(或許言過其實 但我的一再發問或許真的已讓老師主任感到頭痛) 還是第一次

我不知道會不會有下一次 但是山不轉水轉 我已決定去政大或是師大旁聽語言學相關科目
希望可以獲得紮實且密集的語言學訓練

禮拜一問教官公費生可不可以考研究所這件事 教官的答覆竟然是可以! 世界上還有比這更好的事嗎? 先讀完研究所在出來服務! 太棒了! 知道自己可以考研究所 不能升學的苦悶轉換成動力! 我期許自己哪天可以再回去師大唸語言學研究所 與當年敬愛以及佩服 視為榜樣的老師們再續師生緣份 老師們 你們一定要等我啊!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

今天我表弟來我家玩
我真的 真的 發誓我要當一個好孩子(請別懷疑我的誠意)
畢竟我覺得讓人覺得 沒教養 不聽話 等等 傷害最大的真的是你的父母(當然也可以說是教養你的人 我表弟是我外婆帶大的) 例如我覺得他的表現足以讓我質疑他家長的管教方式

我曾提及 在我是個孩子時 因叛逆或不守規距常被處罰(刻骨銘心的打)
好再有當初我才能變成現在這個平常樣(雖說我內心相當叛逆 不過到目前做的事大部分是好事 叛逆的部份 我大部分以小說呈現)

家教真的很重要 身為老師的孩子 我想我真的很幸福
不管人家覺得我的個性怎麼樣 我要別人說我規規矩矩不搗亂

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

"If one day he’s your teacher, then he is your father forever.” The proverb at the end of this article is why I choose this one as my material for writing homework, which means I do not want pay any attention to some topics like “how to play piano well” or “children learning music will not go astray”, and so on. Because I have to be an elementary school teacher for at least four years (my tuition is paid by the government so that I must fulfill my obligation after my graduation.) I would like to talk about my career in the future.
I grow up in a family which is mostly composed of teachers. My father is a teacher, and so are many of my relatives. It seems that my environment has a significant influence on my ambition. However, teaching was the last career that I would choose because of the strict training and endless disciplines in my family. As the most rebellious and naughtiest child, I was also the one punished most frequently. In my childhood, teachers equal devils. Of course, little Danny could not imagine that he was going to teach after many years at that time.
So, you may be very curious about what makes me change my mind so considerably? Once I explored my interest and analyzed my personality, I suddenly came to know that I loved the feeling of being asked by classmates and gained a lot of sense of fulfillment during the process. The will to explain, to correct misconceptions and to interact with people gave rise to the decisive way I shall go. To sum up, I take an positive and passionate attitude towards my beloved career. I just want to do my best to solve the problems of students.
Besides, I am really lucky because I have met a lot of good mentors who had gave me inspiration or had set perfect example for me. For instance, when I was a student of English department, NTNU, one professor name Cherry Li (李櫻), who is a very celebrated and outstanding scholar in linguistic field, is who I am thankful for most. Dr. Li not only taught us linguistic knowledge like phonics and phonetics but also taught us some practical methods of teaching English well. I was touched because I knew that there were still some people devoting themselves to education. Sometimes she even told us some of her own experience. In fact, she was ever a senior high school English teacher after graduation from NTNU. She made her dreams of doing academic researches come true with her perseverance and hardworking attitude. “Never confine yourselves to being a teacher.” She suggested that we develop variously even if we may have been a teacher. Truly, a teacher is supposed to keep on going so that his or her students can make a progress. Meeting good instructor is another main reason for my choice.
Nowadays in Taiwan, there are too many people longing for being a teacher. However if you ask these youngsters why they yearn for teaching, the answer of most of them will be like that: “Well, compared with other jobs, the salary is relatively handsome and the load-work is light, too. I can get out of work at 16:00.” I think we can call it the misery of education. Truly, in a constant recession, the payment of a teacher may satisfy people. Nevertheless, do you judge a job by how much money you can get or how much work you have to do? Have you thought about your interest? What attitude you hold to your students? I firmly believe that an educator with enthusiasm certainly has a negative effect on lovely children because his or her work requires a lot of love and patience. I am the person who might change children’s life a lot and I know that I will spare no effort to teach in order to avoid leaving much regret. How about other students who are eager to hold an iron bowl? When “stray teachers” become a new social phenomenon, I think this issue deserves our reflection. Think twice before you make a decision!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The following are the letters between me and my teacher. I treasure them a lot and I am really wiling to share with others.

Dear Finn:
How have you been these days? You must have reached the United States for more than one month. I'm so gald that you can make you dreams come true. I guess you may be studying a lot of interesting subjects or doing some academic research such as pragmatics, phonology, semantics or language acquistion, which you enjoy a lot. I have to show my special thanks to you, not only because I overcame all the difficulties and did very well on my college entrance examination, but also because you made me know more about the mysterious field of linguistics. After my examination, I really took a very long break, wanting to throw all the pain and stress I had suffered before. However, I found life meaningless and began to buy some linguistics book in order to explore the subject which I hated a lot when I was in National Taiwan Normal University. I found it was fun when I took a positive attitude towards it. Sometimes I cannot know all the meaning and professional terms in the books but I turn to teachers for help.
Have you been accustomed to the enviornment without lots of students, relitives, friends , and your valentine? Is life there hard and lonely? Or different culture brings a lot of surprise and excitement to you? When will you plan to return Taiwan? I think it's really my fault to write a letter of acknowlegement to you so late.
Sincerely,
Danny

Hello, Danny,

It's nice to hear from you! You still remember me?! Incredible!

I'm glad that you are interested in linguistics now. How was your university entrance exam? I guess you must have realized you dream and got admitted to your dream school.

Well, my life here has been pretty busy. Everyday my life is centered on readings, reports, quizzes, and exams. Though the study is load is heavy, I am quite happy here coz I don't have to teach anymore. It's a wonderful break from the teaching job I had been doing for so long.

As to loneliness and emptiness, I'm lucky to say that I have never had that kind of feeling since I moved to the US. I'm too occupied with my studies to think of those. I have friends. You know, every weekend, the best way for me to relax is simply do the grocery shopping and cook with my friends. I do enjoy my simple life.

I think I have to go back to my reports (Notice! The word, reports, is in plural form). I have two reports due tomorrow, and what's worse is that I have a test also tomorrow. Gosh! Wish me luck!

Hope you're doing well in university!

Best regards,
Finn
I received a letter from my cram school English teacher, and I felt so excited because never did I anticipate that I could get it. My teacher, Finn, is studying in the US and realize her dreams step by step. I am really proud of her and I believe someday I will follow her step to study lingustics and language acquisition abroad, enjoying the quite different life there.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Let me introduce the handsome and excellent person to you . His name is Vincent Chang. He is a professional interpreter. Vincent is not only a good language learner but a person who takes a positive attitude towards life. When he was a student, he did well academically. He also took part in a great many speech contests, which sharpened his English fluency, especailly in the oral aspect. He wasn't afraid of failure and always tried to find some ways to make a progress, challenging himself. He is the person who finds opportunities. He founded the English conversation club in high school and tried taking care of foreign students coming to Taiwan voluntarily. Moreover, when Vincent studied at England, his tuition was totally paid by the school. After coming back to Taiwan, Vincent became the favorite interpreter of many famous corporations and organizations. His ability is also appreciated by many TV stations so that he has been an anchorperson. Now Vincent is a docent in colleges, teaching interpretation and translation for students. He also meets the standards of a good teacher. He is serious in class but willing to share a lot of his own experiences and frustration with students. He likes to encourage them constantly.
Vincent is my role model not only because I wanted to be an interpreter when I was in senior high, but also because he sets a good example for me as a good language learner. I really admire him a lot and I am eager to have a good command of English, just as Vincent did! Since Vincent was a good example, I believe I can fulfill my dreams as long as I follow the steps of him. Nothing can conquer the positive attitude! Keep on going, Danny!
由於自己的未來已經很確定至少會當四年的小學老師
因此我對於小學英語教學也做出不少的思索與努力
除了把英語專業科目+教育專業科目都努力的讀完
目前我在想的議題是

在台灣 許多孩子不敢舉手自願參加演講或朗讀比賽
常常班上沒半個人舉手(這絕不代表沒半個人想)
老師通常只會找一位他覺得極佳的
於是這樣的模式便造就少數幾個真的很會演講的人
但其他的孩子在台下都很會講(有的孩子只是聽過別人講就學的有聲有色)
卻沒有任何一點上台的勇氣
語調(不模仿別人就不會說的所在多有) 台風 手勢 等等更不用說了
我想試問 如果我是一位35人班上的國小英語老師
我該如何讓每個孩子都有機會在眾人面前(讓他們敢且樂意) "獨自"唱一首英文兒歌 為班上同學講一個小故事 或是3-5個人演一齣英語兒童劇
我不想因次造成他們的壓力 對英文課的恐懼 請大家幫個忙

思索10/08/05