繽Fun英語:Miss可唔可以畀多幾分啊﹖

五月中踏入學期尾的時間,也就是很多大大小小的測驗考試的大日子。由於疫情關係今年沒有在學院進行考試,只有透過不同的網上教學平台進行不同形式的評估項目。

我認為理論上是對學生有好處的,因為沒有考試的壓力,也可以在網路上尋找相關資料,以爭取更好的成績。意外地「求分」情況竟比去年更加激烈。

就學生認為自己可以獲取高一點的分數,我邀請他們撰寫一篇大約200字的短文,名為”I deserve a better grade.” 其中一些同學的文章也相當有趣,跟大家分享一部分:

I think I deserve a higher grade than the current one you gave me.Under the threat of Coronavirus, I need to tame my sponsors (mum and dad) by doing daily laundries, wash dishes and sweep the floor, like a domestic worker.  And I work on all writing tasks at the same time.  Although you told me my English writing is not bad, this is somewhat challenging times.

If my sponsors are not happy, I won’t be able to get a new MacBook Pro next month and that strongly undermines my very limited social distancing life. It implies that I won’t be mentally healthy enough to handle the rest of academic projects.

You see that I was labouring over so many stuff. You see how important the grade you gave me, it affects my stress level and mental health.

Last but not least, my analysis above is based on face to face interviews and endless meetings with my sponsors. Some new data are collected by myself, so I do not use APA Format. To sum up, I strongly believe that I deserve a higher grade.

學生描述自己害怕父母是因為他所有物資資源也是由父母提供,以”tame my parents” 或是”entertain my controlling parents” 也是不錯的修辭創意詞彙。

處理家中一切的家務可以說 “taking charge of all household chores”. “Chores” 指經常需要應付沉悶也有點討厭的工作。

“And” 一般不應該在句子開首使用。這跟”But”及跟”because”一樣。在學術文章當中,他們是”Informal sentence starters”。取而代之,同學可以選用”However”,”In addition”,”Thus”, “As a result”等等。

“Stuff”,”You know…”, “…like a domestic worker”, 這些詞彙及用語也是非常informal。

最有趣的是同學在文章中的思考邏輯,把什麼undermine social distancing life及mental health 也扯上關係。他大概認為,如果分數可以提升,他便不會精神錯亂吧。

我欣賞這位同學最後的段落描述自己的資料來源及提及到APA format。

我從來沒有因為學生「求分」而提升他們的分數,我希望鼓勵他們從錯誤中學習,再用心做得更好,以取得高分。另外,我也希望他們明白公平的重要。Fairness is not an attitude; it is a decent skill that must be developed and exercised, properly.

作者:Miss Carol(大專院校語文講師、企業培訓講師及國際英文公開試主考官)