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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.

February 21, 2020

If ESL teachers want their intermediate SPM candidates to give examination tips for Directed Writing in Paper 1, how many examination tips do you think the intermediate SPM candidates can give? Definitely, the answer varies but I am positive most of the SPM candidates (not only intermediate students) could only give less than five examination tips for Directed Writing. Why couldn’t they offer more than five tips? One of the possible answers (sorry to say this) is simply because their own English Language teachers have not been seriously emphasizing the tips in the writing lessons. In other words, SPM candidates have not been constantly exposed to practical and effective examination tips which should be at their finger tips!

In this write-up, I would like to share examination tips which I have been giving to all my SPM candidates year in year out. To me it is crucial for my Form 5 students especially the intermediate candidates to know these tips as the tips will guide them to minimise e...

February 6, 2020

Coaching to write better essays among INTERMEDIATE ESL learners varies according to their stages of writing lessons as well their level of proficiency. For intermediate learners (those who have been getting C+, B, B+) whom I always believe are also potential A candidates (at least A- but most probably not A+), they can be coached to improve their essay writing. No doubt, there must be ongoing efforts to polish their grammar as this group of learners are definitely able to write but language errors are frequent.

Intermediate ESL writers also need help in term of content. Some of them do claim they do not have  enough ideas or content to be written in their essays. Based on my observation and experience, many intermediate learners tend to think of challenging ideas for their 1119 essays. Some of them choose questions or ideas which give them challenges to present and develop convincingly. One strategy which I am positive is always helpful and effective is by giving them sample essays.

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