Oral Test Bloopers - Part 2

Yesterday, the 'pentaksir bahagian' paid a visit to my school.
As was customary, he wanted to evaluate some students with the teachers to see if there was much difference between our evaluations & the kementrian's evaluations.

Today, you have the privilege of being there with me as I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
Remember that these students are still in the process of perfecting their English so we smile because they are just adorable. Not because of anything else.

This wondrously sweet-looking girl walks in & manages to recite everything she has memorised about the dangers of smoking.
It's obvious she worked hard for this evaluation.
After she finished reciting, came the question & answer part.

Do you smoke?
No, teacher.
Do you like it when people smoke around you?
No, teacher.
Because it smell bad and it is bad for my health.
Good. Good answer!
Suddenly, tears started welling up in her eyes.
Don't cry, your answers were very good!
She nodded & managed to hold the tears.

A female teacher asked her...
Does anyone in your family smoke?
Yes, my father.
Then, the tears started flowing.

Everyone was taken aback. Speechless.
I turned to the female teacher next to me & asked her in a concerned tone...
Don't you want to... go over there and give her a hug?
As I asked the question, I could hear the other teachers gasping in held laughter.

The female teacher asked her another question & she answered it well but her sobs were increasingly uncontrollable.
We decided to end the evaluation there.

As the student left & closed the door behind her, I said to the teachers...
Don't be deceived! Maybe that's her tactic to get extra marks!
Everyone burst out laughing.
Then, one teacher uttered...
You're right! I did give her extra marks!

A boy came in & briefly spoke about his hobby which was reading.
When he had nothing more to say, I prompted him with a question...
You said that reading is good because it can help you improve your English. And you say that English is important outside the country. Can you tell me why English is important outside the country?
He answered...
Yes, English is important outside the country because outside the country everybody speaks English.

And the he went on to add in a completely honest & innocent manner.
Many people outside the country speak English... compared to Bahasa... Iban.
Everyone in the room burst out laughing as he sat there looking at us with a confused blur face.
Sorry, it's just that... that was such a good answer!
Everyone actually expected him to say Bahasa... Malaysia.

Aren't students just adorable?
Teaching does have it's moments, eh?


  1. Yes, English is important outside the country because outside the country everybody speaks English.

    straight to the point! lol.

  2. Anonymous21/7/09 15:46

    very genuine answers indeed

  3. I love love these quips!

  4. Ethan:
    Yes, they are, arent they?

    They are still young & innocent, mah~

    I'm glad you do!

    I agree!

  5. very interesting.
    hope ill have some of these, as i think im gonna need all this to keep on going in the profession!

  6. I think teachers are the unsung heroes in the professional world and throughout my schooling years, I have held my English teachers (foremost) very close to heart. I think what you're doing is absolutely wonderful and Bill Cosby was right on the money when he said kids say the darndest things.

  7. Anonymous23/7/09 20:43

    a boy raised his hand in my classroom after finishing his work and said "sir i am finish!" i just smiled and gave a sarcastic reply, "yes you are dead".

  8. Nigel:
    You'll definitely have some of these if not more!

    It's good to hear from someone who respects the profession.
    You are an encouragement to me!

    Yes, I read that in your latest post!

  9. these students are better den ur previous post's student...
    i think i'll cry infront of cik faridah in my oral test...
    i dun cry...

  10. AIYO! So cute la!!!! LOL
    That's why I like teaching! =P

  11. Yen:
    If my students can give me funny answers with a straight face, I'm sure you can hold your tears la!

    True! True!
    I agree!

  12. Anonymous19/9/09 17:16

    Try beating this:
    SITUATION: Your uncle has come to visit you. Offer to take his bag and show him his room.

    After a long silence, the girl student, looking absolutely agonised while thinking of the answer, responded:

  13. Anonymous19/9/09 17:21

    And there was this candidate whose teacher had taught her to say, "I'm sorry. I don't know," in response to whatever situation she would be given. Her situation was:

    You have not done your homework. Apologise to your teacher, giving a reason.

    The student scored full marks! LOL!!!

  14. SuiTuaPui:
    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!


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