Basically a complete TEASL program in IIUM would take you about 4 years to be completed. As one of the students in the Kuliyyah of Education (Majoring in TEASL), I do feel so lucky and grateful to be here 🙂 Yes. In IIUM, we call different faculties as kuliyyahs, which is an arabic term (well, that sounds like a good way of Islamization from the usage of terms in our campus, isn’t it?). As one of the products of a daily school, I feel blessed for being in this campus. I just love the environment of the campus, the people, and the system itself (just some of them. Sometimes there are still some leakage in terms of the management system- which received lots of complains from the students themselves). So, enough mentioning about the campus, let’s focus on TEASL itself! Shall we?
Okay! So… If you are a direct intake student, you need to seat for several exams during your first week in the campus (right after the orientation week-or known as the ‘Taaruf Week). Here are the lists of exams that you need to pass:
1. The EPT (English Language Placement Test)
2. The APT (Arabic Language Placement Test)
3. The Tilawah examination (It tests your skill in reciting the Quranic verses with appropriate ways.)
How to pass those exams? Well, that depends on the type of program you are taking. But having a band 6 is a MUST for all students in order to continue with your kuliyyah subjects. If not, you have to stay in CELPAD, learning English language until you pass the exam, with at least band 6. Meanwhile, the Arabic language Placement Test (APT) has a different demand, depending on the type of program that you are about to take. For instance, students from the Kuliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge (IRK) need to pass band 6 before entering the kuliyyah as most of their courses demand for the mastering of Arabic language. As for the Tilawah test, I think this one acts as an added value for the students. You are lucky enough as you will be able to graduate with good Quranic recitation (hopefully. Insyaallah, if you struggle to learn & understand what you learn. The most important thing is to practice it in your daily life! Never stop reading Qur’an. Once you’ve stopped reading for a long time, it’s hard to start it all over again, and you might stutter while reading. Yes, it sounds quite embarrassing and grievous for a degree level student. But… it’s never too late to change, isn’t it? 😉 ).
As for TEASL students, these are aour requirements:
- Pass the EPT with at least Band 6
- It’s okay to not pass the APT, but you need to pass band 2 and you may take the Arabic language course while you are studying in your kuliyyah. Complete level 2 before you graduate okay… It’s a requirement!
- For the Tilawah, you may register for the course while you are in your kuliyyah as well. But remember to complete this before you graduate!
So! Some of you might think- WHY DO WE NEED TO TAKE ANOTHER TEST?? WE ALREADY HAVE MUET!
Believe me, I also used to think of the same question before. Unfortunately, I’ve never get the answer, since I have never asked the authority. But, instead of complaining, let’s strive for excellence yeah? We need to pass so that we are competent enough while studying & to survive in this campus. You have to write lots of reports in English language, and some kuliyyahs in Arabic. Grammar does play an important role in determining your grades. Readings, writings, listening & speaking- all of these need to be done mostly in these two languages.
TEASL in IIUM
It was a fun and challenging journey. TEASL wasn’t my first choice as I graduated secondary school. I wanted to be a botanist. But then TEASL it is! Parents’ choice. So, I am a type of person who just ‘go with the flow’. But I’ve started to like education, I love teaching profession. Though I haven’t started my teaching practicum yet, but I am so anxious to know how teaching feels like. I know, there would be tough moments, in which you have to deal with some problematic students, and deal with the teachers (which some of my senior said unfriendly teachers do exist at school). So, I think it depends on how you deal with the situation. Teaching profession trains you to be creative, and be confident of every single decisions that you do, to find solutions for learning problems, and understanding others’ needs. Here, we learned on how to deal with the students. You’ll start the semester by learning basic methodologies and psychological theories of learning. You understand how learning works, so that you will get a general idea on how learning takes place in human’s life.
Final semester would be full of assignments in which you have to prepare lesson plans (a complete guide for an English language lesson)-lots of them! And, of course, presentations… TEACHING-lah! haha. This is the most interesting part. You will know how to control your nervousness, classroom control, voice projection, as well as transitions from one part to another part.
So who says teaching is easy??!
*Will continue my experience-sharing next time. It’s already late. Will be having a kenduri tomorrow. 🙂
P/s: Am not getting married yet. It’s a kenduri kesyukuran for my big sister. May Allah bless 🙂