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.

brown sugar(Malacca sugar made of coconut's nectar)

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!

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.