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This blog AIMS TO SHARE VIEWS, INSIGHTS AND MATERIALS RELATED TO THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF ESL. tHE SHARED MATERIALS AND IDEAS MAY NOT BE THE BEST AND APPLICABLE IN ALL TEACHING AND LEARNING CONTEXTS. TAKE WHAT IS RELEVANT TO YOU, DOWNLOAD WHAT YOU WISH. MAY THIS BLOG INSPIRE YOU IN CERTAIN WAYS. LIKE THE TREES HERE, WE THE ENGLISH TEACHERS NEED TO KEEP ON GROWING. LET'S GROW TOGETHER. THANKS FOR VISITING @EZE.

December 8, 2019

This second part of write-up that focuses on the implementation of 21st century teaching and learning activities offers five more activities that could be implemented in ESL writing classroom. Those five activities are taken from various sources (they are not mine), however, the suggestions for ESL writing classrooms are fresh. Hopefully, this sharing will enlighten more ESL teachers especially the younger ones.

ACTIVITY 1: THE RUBBER BANDS

Descriptions: Each time a group member gives an opinion, she or he is given a rubber band. She / He has to wear the band like a bangle. At the end of the lesson, learners are asked to count the number of rubber bands each of them has and the numbers will inform the class who contribute ideas the most and the least.

The Rubber Bands is suitable for descriptive or reflective essays. It encourages learners to contribute ideas, even the simplest ones that they can afford. The accuracy, validity and quality of the ideas are not questioned. As long as the le...

December 5, 2019

21st century learning skills are not a new topic in the field of ESL / EFL, however, it is not a surprising issue if I were to say that not all English teachers have given their consistent attempts to nurture those 21st century skills among their learners. There are numerous 21st century skills that teachers have to expose to their learners. The common ones are the 4Cs; communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Beyond doubt, these 4Cs and other relevant 21st century skills such as negotiating, problem solving and decision making can be developed in language classrooms.

In ESL writing classrooms, the 21st century skills can be nurtured either at pre-writing, while-writing or post-writing stage. In this write-up, I wish to exemplify a few activities that can promote the development of the 21st century skills during the pre-writing stage. Using the latest Continuous Writing questions (SPM 2019), a few activities that focus on the 4Cs are shared.

ACTIVITY 1: WALL OF TH...

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