>> Sunday, October 11, 2009
Everything's feeling strange this week, mainly because I've just arrived at a new environment, and I know that's supposed to be normal. But more seriously, I think I'm also suffering from IDENTITY CONFUSION.
In the university's Freshers' Week, English Language assessments were given to the large population of new international students. Interestingly, for some time in the past, I had been the one conducting the assessments, but I was a test-taker this time. Rather than thinking about how to answer the questions, I was more interested in knowing how it was conducted in such a large scale for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The writing assessment was held in 4 different sessions, so did they come up with four different sets of questions or more? Were they not worried if the questions would leak out? Also, how did they cope with the marking?
Next, we were also made to do some grammar and vocabulary tests using the computers in the PC lab. The tutors didn't have to do the markings for this, but there were so many of them there to invigilate. And this time they needed to split up into15-20 sessions for all the international students! I remember how I used to dislike conducting assessments like these, especially when we were understaffed and had to mark piles of the students' writing scripts.
Another funny feeling I had was about the talk on Plagiarism - I was the one telling and teaching students about it in the past, but now I was put in the position of being told.
This is perhaps the time for me to take the opportunity to experience things from the different point of view of a student. I could probably appreciate this experience more now as a 'matured' student myself.