Resource 2: Lesson transcript

Background information / subject knowledge for teacher

Teacher (T) teaching Primary 6 English (reading lesson) to pupils (Ps)

T:     What I want you to do now is I will read first, and I will ask you to follow me at some times. Kun ji ko (do you hear?)

Ps:   Yes.

T:     Long ago, the King of Egypt wanted to know how his people lived. Where is Egypt? Yes?

P:     Egypt is in the North of Africa.

T:     (Repeats) You agree? Do you agree?

Ps:   Yes. (Chorus)

T:     Right. One night he dressed like a poor man and went into the city.

What is a city?

P:     A town…

T:     He listened to his people grumbling. His people were grumbling. When you grumble is when you… seem to be unhappy…

P:     Gunaguni.

T:     Gunaguni (grumbling)

Ps:   Yes.

T:     Now. They said that they were poor and the food was expensive… They were grumbling… No one laughed in this town.

No one sang, and no one was happy. Everybody was unhappy.

When the king was walking back to his palace. You walk back to…you walk to…you walk to… the palace What is a palace? Fadan sarki.

P:     A palace is where a king lives.

T:     Yes, good. (Repeats) Fadan sarki.

Inside he heard someone singing. Inside a little shop. He went inside the shop. A young man was sitting on the floor, making shoes, and as he worked, he sang.

When the shoemaker saw that there was a visitor, he stood up and greeted him.

Ranka ya dade (Hausa way of greeting an important person). Then he gave the king some bread and water. Only what?

Ps:   Bread and water.

T:     Was the shoemaker aware that this was the king? In reality. He was not aware. Kaji ko? He just said Oooh! Poor soul! Because… why was he not aware? Why?

P:     He dressed like a poor man.

T:     (Repeats) Wayyo (expressing a surprise in Hausa). Just have a picture of Shehu wearing the old clothes. Ba’a ganin arziki a fuska (you do not judge wealth from the face). Do you have a picture of what I am saying?

Ps:   Yes.

T:     Now do you know Shehu when he comes to that door like that?

Ps:   No.

T:     No, nobody could know him, Kun ji ko?

The teacher continued to read the story with the pupils, asking them questions about it. Most questions were of a similar kind to those recorded above. The pupils answered them briefly, in English. The lesson then proceeded as described in Case Study 2.

Adapted from: Umthamo 3, University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project

Resource 3: Safety