We had our Reader’s final yesterday and now we’re on Spring Break! Much needed! Ustaadh Adam had assigned us our spring break project weeks before. I had started on it, but am not quite done. To be honest, I’m having trouble composing what I want to express. In Arabic. Not enough practice in composition. I have my story line, in English, but writing and expressing it in Arabic is not as easy as I had fancifully imagined it to be.
Our ustaadhaat also gave us Spring Break homework, which I fully embraced with excitement and love. Listening comprehension. We are to listen to a very small portion of this lecture, transcribe it in Arabic, and translate it.
Because I was so happy to do this, I actually transcribed more than I should have and ended up erasing it and then rewriting it with smaller font so that they’d all fit. That was yesterday. It’s only today, just now that I realized after rereading the instructions, that I was only supposed to transcribe a very small portion of it. AND translate that very small portion. Well, what happened to reading instructions properly??? I don’t know…Anyway, I believe it will pay off some way. Over-achiever. Hmmpph…
I am actually wishing they’d give us something like this as a regular homework. It does take time though, but I feel it actually helps regulate us working on listening comprehension, which is something I really want out of this program that I feel I’ve had to do on my own.