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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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21st century has affected language learning in many ways. The traditional teaching methods are no longer sufficient to enhance English proficiency among learners (Sapan, et, al., 2019). One of the learning and teaching methods that is widely practised in the world of education is Project-Based Learning (PjBL). Project-based learning is a teaching method that places learners at the heart of learning. It has been commonly recognised that PjBL has remarkable impact on the learning process as it involves learners to think creatively, collaborate, assess and present their work to an audience (Grant, 2014; Kokotsaki, Menzies, & Wiggins, 2016).

Du and Han (2016) state that project-based learning is not relatively new in pedagogy. In fact, PjBL began approximately in the early 1980s and it was greatly influenced by the communication approach. PjBL was originated from John Dewey’s theory of learning by doing in which he insisted that learning should be more practical where the learners e...

This strategy DOES NOT ONLY require lower intermediate learners to simply copy model essays of their level and proficiency. It is more than that. When lower intermediate learners are coached to examine essays critically, there are benefits for them to gain. One thing for sure, based on my observations and experiences, the whole process of copying, examining and scrutinising model essays do develop their confidence and motivation to write.

Copying model essays is helpful and it works in various contexts. Model essays show lower intermediate learners the kinds of sentences they should write as well as the techniques and ways to present and develop their own ideas. Instead of merely copying the model essays, teachers can always implement any of these activities for their learners:

  1. Revise the 7 techniques to develop ideas (posted in this blog on 22.10.2018 https://zanurinms.wixsite.com/englishzone/single-post/2018/10/22/GORENG-20-ENHANCING-DEVELOPMENT-OF-IDEAS-AMONG-WEAK-AND-RELUCTANT-ES...

This write-up is based on the performances of my Form 5 pupils in the recent examination. They answered this question, “Write about a character who proves that determination helps to achieve his/her dream.”. Having only learnt the novel Dear Mr Kilmer in January 2020 and they only did a few guided practices and one test based on the novel, it is not surprising that some of them had a few issues in answering the question recently.

Generally, my pupils did their best but as a teacher, it is my responsibility to highlight certain weaknesses exhibited in their responses. The ways the question should be examined and answered must also be explained to them. It is my ultimate hope, the following comments, tips and guidelines will be helpful to my pupils (as well pupils of other schools who also study Dear Mr Kilmer).

TIPS ON TO HOW TO ANALYSE THE QUESTION CRITICALLY:

  1. Read the question and underline the keywords. “Write about a character who proves that determination helps to achieve his/her ...

Some SPM candidates fail to examine the Continuous Writing questions precisely, either during practices in class or in examinations. They normally think as fast as possible and then start writing. In short, some learners do not think critically about what should be written but simply start writing the essay. Consequently, their essay could be partially relevant or occasionally, totally irrelevant. 

Personally, I believe the candidates can perform better in term of the content of their essay if they seriously think about what to write. No doubt, examination jitters are often experienced by some which affects their flow of thoughts. However, if the candidates are trained well, if they are always encouraged to pose questions about their essay question, they would be able to present accurate and good contents or at least present ideas which are in line with all the essay requirements.

I will share tips or reminders based on the weaknesses shown by some of my own Form 5 learners in the recent...

There are still SPM candidates who fail to score a full mark for format and content points. Some of them are simply careless despite repeated reminders and the examination tips given by the teachers. In this write-up I would like to share the Directed Writing question tested in the recent school-based examination. A model answer is offered. Moreover, comments on weaknesses are also given, together with suggestions on how they can be improved. No doubt, your SPM candidates and mine could be different groups of learners, however, I am positive some of my candidates' weaknesses are common to you too.

DIRECTED WRITING QUESTION

You have just returned from a two-day-one-night leadership camp. You are asked to write a report to the principal about the camp. Use the following notes to write your report.

In your report, include the following: 

  • Dates and place

  • Number of participants

  • Aim – groom future leaders

  • Accompanying teachers

  • Activities carried out and their benefits:

...

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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