Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Action Research: Finding time to write

Harried and stressed, I have but four days to complete an action research report to be submitted to the district committee. The research is long overdue (the reporting part) so looks like someone will have sleepless nights to see it through. The principal casually told me, "Malu kita hajah kalau tak hantar, kita SBP" (loosely translated, "It would be an embarrassment if we don't submit a research as we are a residential school").

What this means is I'm playing the saviour again. Excellent teachers always have to play this role in school. I can tell you of numerous occasions where I had to play saviour but let's save it for now. It is as if a research can be done in a week! Am marking the SPM trial papers at the same time and my spondylosis flared up. And the PT3 speaking component put me in  a fix because Form 5 teachers are also involved in testing. I thought PBS is all about "giving the responsibility back to the teacher (who is teaching) because you know your students best". Whatever happened to that? Why are teachers who are not teaching testing the students? And the  shortsightedness on the part of those coming up with the schedule is the least amusing. At least two weeks was given to carry out the oral so that Form 3 teachers can conduct in stages. Instead, Form 5 teachers who are not teaching also have to be dragged in. I know of schools that have only two Form 3 teachers but are able to carry out the oral without involving others.

Truth be told, am skipping the Hari Raya get-together in school tonight because tonight I simply have to start my first paragraph, nope...more like my first sentence!

It is so easy to assume someone will get the job done. The only thing that has kept my cool is the fact that I love research and finds satisfaction in doing it. I pray to God that I will win this at district and state level so that it will be all worth it!

Well, here goes my first sentence..."This action research investigates the effectiveness of an instructional strategy to improve writing.."

Harried or harassed? More like the latter!






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Monday, 18 August 2014

One-off Incentive to English Teachers: Cambridge Placement Test Result

Hi folks! The one-off incentive is real after all :) You can check your Cambridge Placement Test Results here to see if you qualify for the incentive. Congratulations to those who got C2 (RM5000) or C1 (RM3000) . To those who didn't, well don't be too upset. You can also click on the image. All the best!





http://apps.moe.gov.my/abpg/CPT/



And to those who are interested to know what your level means, read on:
(courtesy http://www.cambridgeenglishteacher.org/what_is_this)



CEFR Level Listening/Speaking Reading Writing

C2
CAN advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions. CAN understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts. CAN write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.

C1
CAN contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions. CAN read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence. CAN prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.

B2
CAN follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics. CAN scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice. CAN make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.

B1
CAN express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements. CAN understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area. CAN write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.

A2
CAN express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context. CAN understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters. CAN complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.

A1
CAN understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic. CAN understand basic notices, instructions or information. CAN complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.





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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Back to school...ouch!

Come on! Drag those heavy feet to school (teachers included) tomorrow. After a week of Adilfitri celebrations, it's time to pit those brains against the SPM Trial :) Whoever said Hari Raya is for a month is utterly confused and has got to get his brains fixed hehe... All the best guys! That goes to 5 Syafie and5 Abu Hanifah too :) May the best man win!


 

My lovable mentees in Dorm L01



 


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Eid Mubarak!

 Wishing all friends and students Eid Mubarak. 
Maaf Zahir Batin.



 





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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Desciptive Writing with 5 Abu Hanifah and 5 Syafie :)









I was quite pleased with the students' work on descriptive writing today. They tried their level best to produce two paragraphs giving details and using the five senses. The part I hope they benefited most from was the editing stage in which we both, teacher and students highlighted and corrected the language errors. Although they made quite a number of mistakes, you have to allow them to go through that process of learning through mistakes. Although descriptive writing is one of the most challenging of genres, they can still apply the knowledge for other genres such as the narrative and reflective compositions.






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