Friday, December 26, 2008

Arab Proverbs on "Book"

1.A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
2.A book that remains shut, is but a block.

The meaning of the word BLOG

blog (noun): a Web site on which an individual or group of users produces an ongoing narrative [a shortened form of "Weblog", meaning a log (diary or regular record) on the Web]
to blog (verb): to update and add new material to a blog (blogged, blogging)
blogger (noun): a person who blogs
log (noun): (also logbook) an official record of events during the voyage of a ship or aircraft; a regular or systematic record of incidents or observations

(Taken from http://www.englishclub.com)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Do you know that.....?

I learn this from Oprah Winfrey's website.Let's take action!

Brush Your Teeth with Your Other Hand

Using your nondominant hand to do simple chores can improve your mood and your memory; that's because the action stimulates the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that encourages the growth of neurons linked to long-term memory and mood. "When you're depressed or under stress, your brain's production of BDNF plummets," says Moses Chao, PhD, professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. (One of the lesser-known effects of antidepressants, he says, is to raise the levels of BDNF.) Anything unexpected—smelling rosemary first thing in the morning, for example—can activate BDNF.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Children's Story 1


Ihsan , a Bright Boy.

Ihsan is a bright boy. He lives in a small town in Malaysia, with his parents. His parents love him very much. His teachers and friends at the kindergarten love him too.
Even though he is only five, he can speak like an adult. He does not like to waste his time. He wakes up early in the morning and helps his mother to do the housework.

One of his hobbies is keeping fish as a pet. He has two fishes. He names them “Peach” and “Mint”. Every morning he feeds them and cleans their aquarium twice a week
He is a very responsible person.

On some weekends, he goes to his grandparents’ house, which is only 40 kilometres away from his house. He usually stays overnight there. He loves to visit his grandparents because their house is surrounded by trees and has a huge compound. He can do many activities there. He can find ants,ladybirds, praying mantis, butterflies, squirrels and wild birds. However, Ihsan is puzzled to find all these animals at his grandparents’ place but not at his parents’ home.

Above is a picture of a praying mantis.

Parents can help their children to improve their English

1.Read English Story Book to them every day.
2.Speak to them in English every day.
3.List vocabulary on a board to help them remember.
4.Play word games with them. Scrabble and puzzles are wonderful games.
5.Teach them how to use dictionary. Begin with pictorial dictionary.
6.Get them to write a journal. For example, they can write about their likes and dislikes. They can write about their school holidays.
7.Watch English programme on Tv with them.Cartoon is also effective in helping children to increase their vocabulary.
8.Avoid laughing at their mistakes. The main purpose is to get them communicate.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The smiling face on the sky


The moon I saw on Monday, 1st. December 2008.What a beautiful sight to behold!(photographed by Hasnul)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Where is Malaysia?


This is my lovely country.It is a small country if compared to United States.In fact,I have just learned that Kazakhstan is 18 times bigger than my country.
About 2 hours ago,I saw a beautiful picture of a smiling face formed by a moon and two stars.Due to the fog,I could not get a good picture of it.It's awesome.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Teaching composition 1




Dear teachers,
Here are the simple steps which you can follow in teaching your students to write a postcard or a letter to their friend.
Steps;
1. Assign a task to your student. Task: Write a postcard or a letter to a friend describing the place you have recently visited.
2. Provide photographs or pictures of the place.
3. Provide adjectives; Examples: To describe places - breathtaking, fascinating, beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerising.
To describe feeling - excited, thrilled,
4. Provide useful words/expressions.
5. Give outline of the whole composition.
6. Get the students to write on their own.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

More ideas on teaching writing

Dear teachers
Teaching writing should be fun and with purpose.If you want your students to write about a place of interest,first of all,you must assign them a task that has purpose.For example, you can ask them to write a postcard (beginner level) or a letter to a friend (intermediate/advanced level students)describing the place of interest which they have visited.

Next, provide pictures of the place or ask them to bring photos they have taken during vacation.Please bear in mind that not all students have the opportunity to visit places of interests.

Then, assist them to gather as much adjectives and vocabulary needed to describe places and their feelings.

Finally, let them write on their own. Help them to develop their ideas.At this stage, they may ask you how to express their thought in English.At first, you may help them to translate at maximum 10 words.Gradually, reduce the number of words you translated for them.Get them to use dictionary.Get them to think in English rather than in their mother tongue.

Good Luck to all teachers.I shall continue on this some other day.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Malaysian Food



Hi everyone
I hope you are having wonderful time.Now,the school is off for year end holiday.My kids are also at home and are always driving me crazy. Luckily, one of my hobbies is cooking. So,one of the best ways to keep my three boys and a fifteen-year-old daughter behave is to feed them.One of their favourites is my sago pudding. It is very easy and simple to make.

Ingredients
sago
brown sugar(Malacca sugar made of coconut's nectar)
milk

Methods
1.Boil water.
2.Pour the sago into the boiling water and stir for 5 minutes.
3.Turn off the stove and pour the cooked sago into small moulds.
4.Leave it cool at room temperature.
5.Make the syrup by boiling the brown sugar.Leave it cool.
6.Serve the sago with a spoon of brown sugar and some milk.Best served after refrigerated for half an hour.

Good Luck!

Vocabulary:
Sago - a kind of starch made of sago tree.(a kind of palm tree)
Brown sugar - not the normal brown sugar. This one is made of coconut's nectar.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holidaying



I have just returned from a trip to Cameron Highland. The place that my kids had fun visiting was the Teh Boh Plantation.
Before we reached the Teh Boh Office, we were welcomed by breathtaking view of the tea plantation. Of course we had to go through the long narrow winding roads but the journey was fun due to the great view.
When we reached the office, a young lady took us to visit the Tea Factory. We were briefed about the process involved in turning the green tea leaves into the dried fine tea leaves.
I, of course bought a few packets of teas to bring home and a few postcards. Since we visited the Teh Boh Plantation at 4.30 p.m., we took the opportunity to have a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate cake at Teh Boh Cafe. It’s yummy.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to Tidy up Your Teachers' Office

How to Tidy Up Your Teacher’s Office.
 Get rid of the things that do not have value. Get rid of any items that you have not used for a year. Ask yourself a few questions like, Do you use a particular thing often? Would you save it in case your school is hit by flood or is on fire?
 Students’ exercise books, file, stationeries and list of other things that you use at your workplace should have their own place to “live”. Placing all these things on your table or the low cabinet beside the windows will only create piles and confusion. Finally, you will feel so stress. You only realise this when you fail to find the report you have already completed a week earlier.
 You must focus on one thing at a time. This will help you to be more organised.
 Donate reference books or textbooks you no longer use. You may donate to your students or the school library.
 Return the students’ exercise books as soon as you finish marking. Make sure you hand them back to your students after a week or two weeks.
 Teachers always have a large number of ball points but most of them are short-lived. To reduce the number of empty ball-points, you can change to fountain pen. You will only need to refill it with ink. As a result, you will save money and help to save the environment.
 Reuse and recycle paper. You may use them to make scrap book, to write down notes and to make paper crafts.
 Reduce the number of papers used by recycling the prepared material for the next group of students.
 Place the rubbish bin outside the office. A bin which is flooded over by rubbish will spoil the clean and conducive atmosphere of your office.
 Having plants or fresh flowers will have therapeutic effects on you and everyone in the office.

Attention: If you have any more tips on how to keep the teacher's Office clean and conducive to work in,please share with me.

Truly a special student....Muhammad Hadi Darus who is deformed since birth shows how he answered the UPSR questions using his toes. The 12-year old student of Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Sungai Triang, Alor Star scored 4As and 1B. (NST Online 13/11/2008)

Vocabulary
deformed : cacat,kurang upaya
Sentence: The boy has a deformed foot and cannot play games.(Budak itu tidak dapat bersukan kerana kakinya cacat)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Somebody said this

“Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.” - unknown

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Learn a new word


brainchild
meaning: an idea or plan produced by a creative thought;invention,(Collins English Dictionary)an idea or a invention considered to be the creation of a particular person (Oxford English Dictionary)

Sentence: This time-machine is Mr Azizi's brainchild.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Teaching idea: composition

A Story on Moderation

1.Introduce list of words to students.
2.Ask students to construct sentences based on the list of words given.
3.Read the story (example of a story on moderation) to students.
4.Read again. Get the students to note down the sequence of the story.
5.Get students to retell the story orally to friends/partner.
6.Listen to the students, correct them when necessary.(grammar and words used) It does not matter if the story differs a bit.(after all people do interpret what they hear differently)
7.Finally get them to write their own essay. Give a suitable title to the essay. They may add relevant details. Make sure they use past tense

SAMPLE OF SKELETON I HAVE USED IN MY CLASS

The skeleton of the story


In Ipoh – two good friends – Tina and Farah – slims –beautiful - could eat anything – – envy of others - active in co curricular – excellent in studies-
after SPM – went separate ways - Tina entered local university – studied interior design - Farah – went overseas – studied law –

after 15 years –met at school reunion – 32 years old – Tina – ran interior design business - home office – married to a teacher – had two children – put on weight – happy – 70 kilogram in weight

– Farah – had own law firm - single – still slim – beautiful - could eat anything - happy – planned to get married at 35 – fiancĂ© – a high rank army officer.

At 35, finally got married – Farah boasted about able to eat anything – as Farah aged, she also put on weight – realised when could not get baby – husband did not mind – happy – but not Farah – her weight was 65 kilogram- called Tina – met at Tina’s home - Tina was already 85 kilograms - usual self - cheerful – agreed to lose some weight – both joined aerobic class – 3 hours a week- did not eat fried food and rice – successful –

After 6 months Tina lost 20 kilogram – Farah – 57 kilogram – yet – not satisfied – continued dieting –refused to eat - husband advised – did not listen – Tina also advised – ate in front of Tina – later vomit what she ate – one night – husband took to hospital – returned from work - shocked- his wife fainted in bathroom – lost too much weight – skinny – could not work – could not look after herself – hospital for treatment - Tina –visited - gave advice– husband told her – he loved her for her inner beauty – Tina too loved her – kind – loving – caring –

lesson – be moderate – want to lose weight-do moderately – eat balance diet –do not starve one’s self.

Book Review


"Reaching for the Stars" was written by the late Sheikh Mustapha Shukor Al-Masrie and published by MPH Publishing. He wrote the book about his brother Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian Angkasawan.
It is an inspiring book written by a brother who loved and always looked up for his elder brother. In the book,he wrote about Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor from his own perspective.
This book will make you shed a few tears. It shows a close bonding between the author and his brother, Sheikh Muszaphar. It also contains so many values that I would like my children and students to own. I have always told them to “Reach for the sky! Even if you fall, you will still be among the stars.” Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is no doubt one of those who lives by this principle. He has extraordinary self-confidence.
Title of Book: Reaching for the Stars
Author: Sheikh Mustapha Shukor Al-Masrie
Publisher: MPH Publishing
Year Published :Mac 2008, April 2008
Price: RM20.00(Malaysian currency)

Monday, August 11, 2008

ORDER OF THE CLASS ; 3KAA1 2008

ORDER OF THE CLASS
CLEANLINESS


STUDENTS ON DUTY must sweep the floor, empty the rubbish bin and clean the blackboard.

WINDOW COMMITTEE (AJK TINGKAP) Windows AND the wooden frame must be cleaned EVERYDAY.
NOTICE BOARD

Students in-charged must change the information /notices/ posters every fortnight.
BLACKBOARD

Students on duty MUST clean the blackboard all the time.
If the student on duty is absent, other students on duty that particular day must take charge.

Mohd Hakim, as the head of cleanliness must make sure everyone does his/her duty.

DESKS AND CHAIRS

Students in-charged must make sure the desks and seats are arranged neatly all the time. Before going home, all students must put their chairs on the table. A vase of flowers must be placed on the teacher’s table.

STUDENTS’ SELF-IMAGE

Students must keep themselves neat all the time.

READING CORNER/NILAM
Students must utilize the reading corner and record their reading in the Nilam Form.

To form 3 students

It's Monday.Form 3 students are sitting on their Trial PMR.All the best to them whereever they are.To my students in 3KAA1,3KAA3,3B and 3G,remember my advice.I pray for your success.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Call of Duty ...NST,Thursday,January 3,2008




please click on the newspaper cutting to get a larger image.

Chicken Soup

My dear students,

Puan Siti Aminah told me that most of you love reading the "Chicken Soup" which the English Language Panel bought for the library.I am glad that you have found something that you like.One girl in fact called me from a bookshop,confirming the title of the book as she wanted to buy one herself.This is a great progress.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Book Again?

Hi, sorry mate.Reading is my hobby.So I am never bored talking about books.This blog provides me an opportunity I have been deprived off since I left secondary school.There was a group of us in secondary school who loved reading books.We used to retell the story we read to each other.We criticised the characters in the story as if they were real people.We also made a harsh comment on the book cover.We read all types of books;thriller,romance, adventure and so on.
Recently,I read "The Undomestic Goddess" written by Sophie Kinsella.Samantha Sweeting is one of the best lawyers in the country.Yet she has made a horrendous mistake that costs her firm 50 million pounds.She panics and runs away.This is the part I don't really like.Why must she run away?Guess where does she go to? She goes to a rural area and gets herself into a huge house.She is mistaken as the housekeeper the owner is waiting for.There she learns to be a conventional woman.She learns how to cook and clean the house.She also meets her dream man there.To make the story short,one day she discovers that she has been cheated by a colleague who is supposed to defend her.Suddenly,she turns into an iron lady.She goes back to her firm to clear her name and reputation.The story plot seems like a Mills and Boon but the message that Kinsella is trying to deliver has caught my attention.She makes a woman to reconsider her roles in the society.
In our quest for advancement in our career,we tend to take things around us for granted.On numeral occassions when I was so tied up doing my school work, my youngest son fell asleep on my feet.Meanwhile,my third son, who is now in year two, is not showing progress in his studies.I even forgot my 16th.wedding anniversary and realised about it when I visited my daughter.She bought a cake for us.Terrible.
Thanks Kinsella for reminding me.

ENGLISH TEACHERS ONLY

How To teach Grammar(credit to English Language Teaching College,Malaysia)

Technique:Dictogloss

Teaching aids:
A text(focus on specific grammar item)
mahjong paper
marker pen

Steps
1.Get students to study the text
2.Two days later, teacher reads and students write
3.Tell the students “Today, we are going to do dictogloss”
4.“When I read, I don’t want you to write anything. You only need to listen”(Teacher reads at normal speech)
5.“Now, I am going to read for the second time. I want you to write the notes only.”(Perhaps, they will write Nouns, Verbs or Adjectives) (Weak students may ask you to repeat. You may write difficult words on the board)
6.Get students to sit in group of four. Compare which text is similar to teacher’s text.
7.Get students to reconstruct.
8.Rewrite on the mahjong paper- highlight what they have written.

NOTE: When you get students to put up the mahjong paper with the answers on, you are actually teaching.
It is not just an activity. You will see students’ improvement.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Love Yourself First

Salam and hello to everyone!
Since I fell down the stairs due to physical strain (not because I was clumsy), I began to look at many things I have done in the past from a different perspective. For so many years, I have done a lot of things for others. I have never rewarded myself. I was nicknamed the benevolent angle by Mr Granger, my A level teacher. Yet I didn’t understand why? Only last year, I dared to take a step to change myself. I did a lot of things for myself. (like going for facial diligently every month and buying expensive and not so important things just for my own use)The best thing I did last year was I managed to lose some weight. I felt a lot healthier. However, I wish I could eat my meal at appropriate time each day and that the organic vegetables are not sold at such a dear price. My health is my wealth. I guess I need to shed a few more pounds so that I can go paragliding. This morning in school, Norizan said that she saw me smiling a lot lately. Yes! I am calmer and less stressful now because I love myself first before others.
Have you rewarded yourself? How? What have you done?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A book you should read this August



This book is a collection of important events in China. Ann Wan Seng has opened my world.He makes me realise the importance of holding on to our values. Once a nation loses its values, it will lose everything including its dignity.As I was reading this book, I hope someone who has vast knowledge of our own history will begin to sit and write. I am deeply hurt to see our kids are losing their very own identity. They are not sure who they want to be.

Format of a speech

1.Greeting
Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
2.Introduce yourself
Let me begin by introducing myself. I am ………………………………………….
3.Mention the topic
This morning, I am going to talk about ………………………………………………………………………………………….
4.First point
First of all, I would ...........
5.Elaboration (state reason/purpose)
6.Second point
Next, I would ..............
7.Elaboration
(state reason/purpose)
8.Third point
Moreover, I would .............
9.elaboration
(state reason/purpose)
10.Closing
Last but not least, thanks for listening to me.

Monday, August 4, 2008

CONTEST: COMPOSITION WRITING

In conjunction with the coming Independent Day, I am running a composition writing contest. students and teachers in SMKSR are encouraged to take part.The title of the composition is "Three Things I would Like To Do For My Country".You must write in about 150 - 200 words.
The dateline is 30th.August 2008"

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Test Your Vocabulary

Read the text below and fill in the gaps with suitable words.

“A Visit to Paris”

Last year I visited Paris. It was a present ____________(1) won in “Spell It Right Competition”. I came out as ____________(2) champion. So, my trip to Paris was fully sponsored ____________(3) New Straits Time.
I arrived at Paris airport at 9.00 o’clock in the morning. It was summer ___________(4) the temperature was seventeen degree Celsius. I was not used to it. So, I put on a black leather jacket that my uncle ____________(5) for me.
After I picked my luggage, I had to __________(6) past the immigration. They checked my luggage and welcomed me to Paris.
As I was leaving the immigration, I _________(7) a tall blonde man holding a big card with my name on it. I approached him and ____________(8) myself.
He said to me;”Bonjour mamoiselle Zakiah. I am Pierre Aston”
“Bonjour”, I ___________(9) in my funny accent.
Pierre gave me a sincere smile and ushered me to a limousine waiting outside the airport. Pierre, drove _________________(10)through the cosmopolitan city.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Learning vocabulary is fun

Build 10 words from the word “ENVIRONMENT”.
1. __________________
2. __________________
3. __________________
4. __________________
5. __________________
6. __________________
7. __________________
8. __________________
9. __________________
10. __________________

Two words: 1 mark
Three words: 2 marks
Four words: 3 marks
Five words and above: 6 marks Total marks: _________

Green Tips



Green Tips: Save Power (electricity, gas and petroleum)

It’s easy to protect the planet! These tips help save energy. So get green and give the tips a try. Make sure to ask your parents before trying any of these tips.
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. They last up to ten times longer and can use a quarter of the energy.
• Plug electronics into a power strip and flip off the switch when the gadgets aren’t in use.
• Switch off the light and fan every time you leave a room.
• Place your desk next to a window and use natural light instead of a lamp.
• Turn off the TV or video game console and play outside.
• Ask Mom or Dad to turn off the car instead of letting it idle while you're waiting.
• Ride a bike or walk instead of using the car.
• Carpool.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

GRAMMAR :PREPOSITION

Preposition

Instruction: Put a tick / in the appropriate box.
Top of Form


1

He made his escape by jumping ______ a window and jumping ______ a waiting car.



over / into



between / into



out of / between



out of / into



up to / out of


2

To get to the Marketing department, you have to go ______ those stairs and then ______ the corridor to the end.



over / into



between / into



out of / between



out of / into



up / along


3

I saw something about it ______ television.



in



on



at



through



with


4

I couldn't get in ______ the door so I had to climb ______ a window.



through / in



between / into



out of / between



out of / into



up / along


5

She took the key ______ her pocket and put it ________ the lock.



over / into



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out of / in



by / on



up to / out of


6

He drove ______ me without stopping and drove off ______ the centre of town.



from / into



towards / over



along / up



past / towards



in / next to


7

I took the old card ______ the computer and put ______ the new one.



through / in



out of / in



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up / along


8

I went ______ him and asked him the best way to get ______ town.



from / into



towards / over



along / up



by / on



up to / out of


9

It's unlucky to walk ______ a ladder in my culture. I always walk ______ them.



through / in



out of / in



under / around



out of / into



up / along


10

The restaurant is ______ the High Street, ______ the cinema.



through / in



out of / in



under / around



in / next to



up / along


11

Sally left school ______ the age of 16 and went to work ______ a bank.



through / in



out of / in



under / around



in / next to



at / in


12

He jumped ______ the wall and ______ the garden.



over / into



towards / over



along / up



by / on



up to / out of


13

He was driving ______ 180 miles per hour when he crashed ______ the central barrier.



at / into



out of / in



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at / in


14

She ran ______ the corridor and ______ the stairs to the second floor.



from / into



towards / over



along / up



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in / next to


15

John is the person standing ______ the window, ______ the woman with the long blonde hair.



at / into



beside / next to



under / around



in / next to



at / in


16

When the bull ran ______ me, I jumped ______ the fence.



from / into



towards / over



beside / next to



by / on



in / next to


17

Look, that car's ______ fire.



through



with



in



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on


18

He saw a parking space ______ two cars and drove ______ it.



over / into



between / into



along / up



by / on



up to / out of


19

Harry comes to work ______ car but I prefer to come ______ foot.



at / into



beside / next to



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at / in


20

He took the book ______ the shelf and put it ______ his bag.



from / into



at / into



beside / next to



by / on