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What is a noun?

Posted: May 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)

To me teaching is a very exciting job. Almost all the aspects of teaching I enjoy but checking answer scripts and invigilating. These two tasks I always find insipid and mind-numbing. But sometimes interesting things also happen here.
On the other day I was invigilating an exam hall along with my colleague from Sudan, Mr. Abdur Rahman. All the students in the exam hall were from a department called Islamic Sharia. One thing I must mention in this regard, students from this department are not interested and motivated at all in learning English. Why? I don’t want to talk about it. By the way, I don’t teach them and don’t want to, never. Only the teachers whose mother tongue is Arabic are encouraged to teach these guys.
While invigilating, a student from the last seat of the first row asked a question in Arabic of which I couldn’t make any head or tail. I could understand only three words from his question- noun, adjective, and verb. Mr. Abdur Rahman -an Arabic speaker- explained something to that student. Later on he translated the whole conversation to me.
He said to me that the student asked him, ‘What is a noun, is it an adjective or a verb?’
I was utterly surprised at this and left speechless for some seconds. I gave him a very confused look. My colleague could perceive my confused situation and he told me not to worry. He said his answer to that student was ‘ noun is neither an adjective nor a verb, noun is a noun.’
Well said,’ noun is a noun.’ Then, verb is a verb, adjective is an adjective. Quite a deductive approach!!

Md. Shahrear Talukder
Abha, KSA

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  • May 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm Shafiul

    Ha ha ha!!! Really a real joke. But I think there are some positive sides.
    First of all, though the student dosen’t know WHAT IS NOUN, he knows the names of ADJECTIVE and VERB.
    Secondly, he is brave enough to ask stupid questions like this. There are lot of students here in Bangladesh who really don’t know much about different things, but they are not brave enough to ask a question becoming afraid of proving himself/herself a FOOL.
    Lastly, well, I don’t want to talk about it.

  • May 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm Md. Shahrear Talukder

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment.


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