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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.

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Flipped classroom is one of the most significant technological innovations in the 21st century. The flipped classroom was introduced by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams for their trainees who had missed classes. Bergmann and Sams used live video recordings and screen casting software to record lectures, demonstrations, and slide presentation with annotations and posted them for the trainees to watch and read (Hamden, et, al., 2013).

Flipped classroom is a pedagogical approach which ensures that students become more active participants compared with the traditional classroom through activities which are conducted outside the classroom (Uzunboylu and Karagozlu, 2015). In a typical flipped classroom environment, pupils are required to watch instructional videos outside of the classroom or prior to their class. This enables pupils to learn at their own time and pace before the class session. Besides, it allows the instructors to use the class time for more practices, discussions...

Introduction

These days, it is not an uncommon scenario to see teachers of ESL classrooms embracing 21st century language learning and teaching methods. Some ESL teachers take advantage of the modern facilities and electronic gadgets and apply them in their teaching. It is possible and practical as most language learners have instant access to the Internet. Prihastiwi et, el. (2017) highlight that instead of obtaining information from printed resources, language learners normally prefer to have digital information from the Internet.

Blended Learning

In line with this age, applying blended learning in ESL classrooms is a practical and laudable approach. The word ‘blended’ means combined and implies a mixture of more than one components (Picciano, 2009). Currently, the term ‘blended learning’ involves combining Internet and digital media with established classroom forms that involve the physical presence of the teacher and learners. In blended learning, learners have some control over time,...

The epidemic of teacher stress – is it real? No doubt a teacher’s job is not like a doctor who has to revive an elderly patient having a heart attack. Teachers also do not have to conduct a critical surgery that involves the life of a patient. Therefore, is teaching a stressful job? If yes, how many percent of teachers are highly stressful? Well, the figures are there but frankly speaking it is a fact I know and you also know, teachers do have highly stressful moments from time to time.

What about English Language teachers? Are they stressful? Definitely, the answer is 'Yes'. For SOME teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL), teaching the subject is stressful due to its challenging, awful or toxic environment. These feelings can be felt for a number of reasons:

  • most of the pupils are so weak that they do not understand even a simple text given to them. Asking them to write an essay is such a demanding task to be completed. Some end up writing nothing.

  • the pu...

WHAT IS INNOVATION?

  • As ESL/EFL teachers, being innovative is a fundamental way of bringing constant changes and improvements to our teaching practices and learning outcomes.

  • Innovation is the implementation of a new process, product or an approach that adds value to the learners’ and teachers’ experience.

  • New does not mean it has to be 100% new. As long as there is a new variation or one new element in a very common theory, approach or technique, it is an innovation.

  • Innovation is a tool which will allow ESL/EFL teachers to share with others so that others are inspired to innovate.

  • Innovation could also be defined as thinking of, seeing, doing, trying what others don’t think of, see, do or try.

In short, innovation is executing an idea, approach, a strategy, technique or activity that addresses a specific learning and teaching issue with success. Surely, success does not mean 100% scoring A+ but it can simply mean any little meaningful progress made especially...

If a mirror provides a reflection of our appearance, our learners' performance in 1119/2 in the SPM Trial Examination 2019 offers opportunities to engage in reflection of our own teaching. The ways certain questions in Paper 2 are answered, if we examine carefully, should promise a couple of significant revelations about our strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, it is crucial for ESL/EFL teachers to be open-minded to engage in self-discovery especially our own flaws so that improvements can be achieved in future.

No doubt, I am still learning and exploring but based on my experiences teaching Form 5 for 26 years, these are some common issues when we examine our learners' answers in 1119/2.

CASE  1: SECTION A (TEXT AND GRAPHICS)

Issue: Average learners score roughly 6-8/15 marks. They have more errors in Rational Cloze.

REFLECTION:

Have I really tried to ENRICH THEIR VOCABULARY IN A  SYSTEMATIC  WAY? If yes, what system/approach/concept have I applied and how frequent? How many practices of R...

We do learn from our experience but definitely, we learn more from reflecting on our experience. The way ESL/EFL teachers reflect on the happenings around them does reveal who they are. One happening that concerns many ESL/EFL teachers at this point of time is the SPM Trial Examination 2019, of course, in particular the performance of the SPM 2019 candidates in 1119. By 22 August 2019, the English papers could be over in most schools and teachers could have started marking the examination scripts.

In about two weeks, complete results could be produced and analysis after analysis will be done. Depending on the teaching and learning contexts, the results for 1119 in the SPM Trial Examination could improve or drop. Analysing numbers and figures is one important issue but I believe there are other issues which should also be the concern of ESL/EFL teachers. In this write-up, I wish to share my thoughts especially with young and amateur English teachers who are given the responsibility to te...

February 6, 2019

Greatness in teaching profession comes from passion. Teachers can be better and greater when they act from passion.  Passion drives teachers to excel despite the inevitable hurdles and challenges they have to face along the way. Teaching these days, especially the teaching of English as second or foreign language, has always been challenging. From dealing with the ever-evolving curriculum and requirements set by the Ministry of Education, it seems like there is always something new in the teaching profession. In this demanding teaching world, are English teachers still passionate to teach?

If we look around us, I am positive we will be able to see English Language teachers who are passionate about their teaching. However, we cannot deny the fact that there is a handful of teachers who have or almost lost their passion to teach well.

Although it may be difficult at times, teachers must hold on to the passion that once brought them to the job in the first place. Teacher burnout is a real t...

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