must watch…very funny debate..



tips for exam..

hello..hello…hello… no matter what exam you’re taking, there are certain things you can do in the days before to ensure a successful experience. It makes sense to review what you’ve learned, but eating well, sleeping, and taking time to relax go a long way, too.

1. It is important to be well rested. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep in the few days before the test.
2. If you don’t sleep well the night before the test, don’t worry about it! It is more important to sleep well two and three nights before. You should still have the energy you need to perform at your best.

1. Don’t change your diet right before the test. Now’s not the time to try new foods, even if they are healthier. You don’t want to find out on test morning that yesterday’s energy bar didn’t go down well.
2. In the few weeks before the test, try to work a light, healthy breakfast into your daily routine. If you already eat breakfast, good for you – don’t change a thing.

1. Try to be aware of whatever anxiety you’re feeling before test day. The first thing to remember is that this is a natural phenomenon; your body is conditioned to raise the alarm whenever something important is about to happen. However, because you are aware of what your body and mind are doing, you can compensate for it.
2. Spend some time each day relaxing. Try to let go of all the pressures that build up during your average day.
4. Find a family member or trusted friend with whom you can talk about the things that stress you out about the test. When this person tells you that everything is going to be OK, believe it!

Practice and Review
1. Whatever you do, don’t cram for the test! It is a bad strategy because you aren’t going to remember most of what you “learn” while cramming, and the odds are slim that the few things it will help you to remember will happen to be on the test. Save the energy you would have used to cram for test day.
2. In the few days before the test, do a review of the skills and concepts in which you are strong. Be confident as you review everything that you know – and remember that confident feeling as you take the test.

This is what I call creative writing!

by Johnny Ling Leh Wui

Who says that writing has to be all in papers. With the latest technology, we can even integrate technology into our writing. Hereby, what I am suggesting here is to create creative learning environment in classroom.

What I am promoting here is to use storyboard as a form creative writing. Why using storyboard? Well, first, of course, it is fun. Secondly, it promotes creative thinking – students have to think of what to put in (sentences, video, pictures). Creative a video does not mean just to put the pictures in and it is done. It also has some connection with writing process – planning, developing and publishing. Besides, since schools nowadays are all provided with ICT, why not utilizing them? All day work makes Jack dull. As English is already dubbed as bored language subject by most students, it is the time to make a change!

So here is a free website that student can access through internet and create their own movie in the web. Besides it is for FREE!

a)      Jaycut

b)      Photo Story 3 http://www.photo-freeware.net/microsoft-photo-story-3.php

What can be done here?
Well you can ask your students, instead of transforming theirs in writing lengthy essay, put their ideas into video making by adding some extra into it. Although, this is something that cannot be done in academic field, well, I personally think that having this a performance assessment would be great and once in a while giving students some entertainment in writing.

All the best

Writing No More Worries


Writing is an essential skill required by the students in order to express themselves in their learning. However, generally, writing is claimed to be the most difficult among the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” Joseph Heller, an American satirical novelist, short story writer and playwright.

This essay will discuss why it is important to have writing in elementary and secondary school. Besides, an image adapted from http://www.squidoo.com/FreeWriting which consists of the writing rules that one will ever need in his or her writing.

The most important reason for teaching writing is to enable the students to learn a target language more deeply. Writing requires students to understand the topic given. Besides, it involves the use of vocabulary and grammar. Thus, having writing tasks in a language class will encourage the students to apply what they have been taught in the class.

Secondly, writing is important in aiding teachers and parents to identify the students’ weaknesses in the target language. At the same time, the students’ writing can serve as records for themselves. They can look back and see clearly their own progress in language learning.

There are many rules in writing that proposed by the expertise in teaching writing. It is hard to explain them all. Thus, I would like to share with you an interesting image that I came across recently. It claimed that there are only 12.5 rules in writing that we will ever need.

12.5 ????

Image adapted from:http://www.squidoo.com/FreeWriting

Tips on HOW to make literature INTERESTING to students

One of the challenges that English teachers face is making literature interesting for their students. Often the material is old, as in Shakespeare, or it is confusing, as in Whitman. There are ways to teach literature without your students falling asleep at their desks. Here are a few tips to waking them up.

    • 1
    • Bring literature to life. Have the students perform the story they are reading. Assign each student a role to play. They must study that character carefully. This activity engages the student in the material, which is essential in holding their interest.
    • 2

      Have the students create artwork. They can draw maps, paint scenes, make a character collage, build a story website or build a model of a setting in the literature. Again, the key is to have them connect to the material.

    • 3

      Play games. There are plenty of games you can adapt to the literature text you are studying. You can adapt Jeopardy, hangman, Wheel of Fortune or just about any other game show you have seen on TV. Another great idea is to have the students themselves create a game that fits the text you are studying.

    • 4

      Assign the students to be Teacher for the Day. Put the students in groups, and assign each group a section of the literature being studied. The group will be responsible for teaching the class the assigned section.

    • 5

      Write it out. Assign each student a character from the book and have them write letters to the author, discussing the story. They can ask the author questions and comment on the story. Another way to have them write about the story is to keep an online blog that discusses the literature they study throughout the school year.

    • 6

      Laugh a lot. Nothing makes literature more boring than a teacher who reads the material in a monotone. Much of literature is very amusing, and you should encourage the students to laugh with the author.

    • 7

      Participate in the above activities! Students love it when their teacher joins in.

    • 8

      Ask the principal if you can display the students’ artwork in the hallway or library, or if your students can perform their play in during an assembly.

By Qadariah Jalok

Six interesting facts of English language

  1. ‘Dreamt’ is the only word in English language that ends in the letters ‘mt’.
  2. Pallindromes are words that are same whether they are read from left to right or from right to left. Examples – “kayak”, “level”, “racecar”.
  3. There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous” : “tremendous”, “horrendous”, “stupendous”, and “hazardous”.
  4. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order : ‘abstemious’ and ‘facetious.’
  5. Longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard is : “typewriter”.
  6. The sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet is : “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’.

Have you heard of Essay Punch writing software?? Check it out!

In this copmuter savvy era, there are numerous types of writing softwares which could be used by the students as an interactive writing tutorial. By using this kind of software, students will be able to more student-centered as they have to take responsibility of their own learning with the help and support of the sofware. As students advance to improve essay writing skills, they need in-depth support. They need to organize their thoughts and learn to clearly communicate their ideas in writing. However, it can be challenging for teachers to provide personal attention to each pupil as we all know there are about of average 40 to 45 students in a class.This is where the Essay Punch Software fits in.

Essay Punch takes students through the process of writing an essay. From pre-set writing promprs students learn to develop an idea and write their descriptive, informative and persuasive essays. This site provides online interactive exercises that guide users step by step through pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting and publishing.

Hence, this software has been proven to be user-friendly. In order to hand-in essays to teachers, students will just hv to save it into Microsoft Word document and email it to the teacher. Immediate feedback could be given as everything is done through the Internet nowadays without having to meet each other face-to-face.

By Teacher Manpreet Kaur