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華仁仔 | 13th Dec 2013, 9:56 AM | 母校情 | (217 Reads)

 By:  Fred Yip 葉柏年

Having been taught by Mr. Kong for three years, beginning in Form 1 and ending in Form 7, I would feel gravely amiss if I do not put in a word or two about the English teacher that I know and deeply respect.

I first entered Wah Yan in 1966 and Mr. Kong was teaching Reading in my Form 1C class. At that time, of all teachers, he was the most feared. Like a drill sergeant in the US Army that one saw in the films, he was very strict with us. He would make anyone who misbehaved in class stand on top of the desk or slap the palm of his hand with a ruler made of either wood or steel.  While he was teaching or reading a passage, nobody dared to chat. As he used to say, the place was so quiet that one could almost hear a pin drop.  As an English teacher in Reading, he was most concerned about the correct pronunciation of English. I still remember vividly that he would have us drill to no end on ostensibly simple words such as ‘medicine’, ‘constable’, ‘purpose’,  ‘wanted’, ‘houses’  until we got them right. Most of us did not have a clue of why he was so hung up about them. Little did we realize that we were having one of the best English teachers anywhere, let alone the fact that it was very important to have a master teacher such as Mr. Kong who could help us develop a sold grounding in English pronunciation during our formative periods.

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