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Friday, 7 December 2012

RAISING A READERS

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Reading begins at home. As a parent you are the first and most important teacher your child will have. Enjoy stories with your child from a very early age. Even newborns can sense your enthusiasm when you read to them. Try to set aside a special time each and every day that you and your child can enjoy a number of books together without interruption. Your child will signal you when he or she begins to tire of this activity. Let this be your clue that story time has ended. It is probably best to let your child dictate the length of time spent reading, and you will find that as the activity becomes standard, your child will sit and listen for longer periods of time.

Be sure and engage your child in conversations, for communicating orally is a prerequisite to understanding the written word. Encourage and ask questions like "Why?", "What would you have done?" or "Who was your favorite character?" from a book or television show.


Your child will have a lot of fun choosing books from the library or bookstore and will enjoy even the simplest of tales. Once your child begins to read independently, take turns reading to each other. This is also a great time to begin to read longer stories, perhaps a chapter or two a day. There are plenty of books out there that will keep kids on the edge of their seats until the next reading session.

Be certain that your child has the opportunity to watch you enjoy reading. Don't save those newspapers, magazines or novels until after the little ones are in bed.

Children will begin to read on their own timetable. They may be a "listener" longer than other children their age. Don't worry; they will begin to read when the time is right for them. Should you have a question about their reading ability, don't hesitate to ask your pediatrician or school personnel about early reading and literacy programs in your community. They may be able to suggest steps to take to further your child's reading abilities.

Don't be a prisoner of age related material. Use age suggestions as a guideline only. Even very young children can listen to and comprehend rather technical, scientific or historical books. Your child may be interested in dinosaurs or trains for example. Let them choose their books and read them over and over if necessary. If it is a subject dear to their heart, they will become a walking, talking encyclopedia on the subject!

Make a habit of giving children's books or magazine subscriptions as gifts. There are books and magazines for every interest and age group. If in doubt, a gift certificate from a bookseller is a great gift for all ages.

Write your own stories! Even a child that cannot write yet can dictate a story to you. Keep a journal of these stories. They will make a wonderful keepsake and will bring back very special memories for you and your child. Encourage older children to keep a journal or diary. This not only allows them to perfect their writing skills but will help them relieve the stresses of everyday life. Ask relatives or out of town friends to correspond by mail with your child. Not only do they get the thrill of receiving their own mail, but they will also enjoy reading their letters and best of all replying to them.

Playing word games is a fun way to learn new words and develop a larger vocabulary. Board games like Scrabble™ and homemade games are excellent learning tools. Try playing rhyming games with your child when driving or walking. Think of a word and take turns thinking up words (real or imagined) that rhyme with it.

Get your child a dictionary. This will not only be educational, but your child might even spend time reading it and discover lots of new words!

Always have a book with you! A short story is just the thing to pass the time when waiting in line, sitting at the doctor's office or picking up siblings from school.

I hope these reading tips have been helpful to you and wish you a very happy trip on the road to reading!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

BASIC HANDWRITING PRACTICE WOKSHEETS

Hi everybody !
 Use this free handwriting worksheets to help your child improve their fine motor skills and letter formation.

Important : In order to view and print this free handwriting worksheets, you will need to have Adobe Reader version 6 or later.


This handwriting packet includes tips for handwriting success and twenty-six worksheets showing the stroke sequence for each lower case letter of the alphabet. Students will practice tracing and writing each stroke as well as each complete letter.
>>WORKSHEETS 1<<
 
 
This handwriting packet includes tips for handwriting success and twenty-six worksheets showing the stroke sequence for each capital letter of the alphabet. Students will practice tracing and writing each stroke as well as each complete letter. No answer key is provided.


Students will practice tracing upper and lower case letters on the first worksheet and they will trace the names of shapes on worksheets 2-4. Each shape word is accompanied by a goofy dragon holding a shape. Similar to Zaner Bloser style font.
 
 
Children will practice tracing then printing each letter of the alphabet, color a picture that begins with each letter, and copy a simple sentence. No answer key is provided.  
 
>>WORKSHEETS 4<<
 
 
students will practice tracing upper and lower case letters on the first worksheet and they will trace the names of shapes on worksheets 2-4. Each shape word is accompanied by a goofy dragon holding a shape. Similar to Zaner Bloser style font.
 
>>WORKSHEETS 5<<
 
 
Students will trace and print the letters A to Z as well as copy a sentence with words featuring the designated letter on the page. No answer key provided.
 
WORKSHEETS 6<<
 
 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

12 THINGS THAT GREAT ENGLISH TEACHER DO

Assalamualaikum & Hi to all my blog readers.
Today I would like to share this good article from Geoff Barton.  
 " Sharing is Caring ! "

TWELVE THINGS THAT GREAT ENGLISH TEACHERS DO
By Geoff Barton
 
I'm no academic. I'm not hot on action research. So you must take what follows as purely personal. But based on watching lots of teachers teaching English, here's my instinctive list of twelve randomly-listed ingredients which make good English teachers into great English teachers.

1. Great English teachers are passionate.
They're passionate about many things - books, literature, theatre, their classes, film. They're people to be  reckoned with, people with opinions, people you can't ignore. They're people who students want to listen to and ask questions of. Whatever their age, these teachers are still relevant to their students' lives.
2 Great English teachers are text maniacs.
They're always reading something. They'd never say they don't have time to read anything any more because of the weight of marking. They couldn't live if they didn't read. When students are reading in lessons, these teachers will usually be reading. They'll talk to students about what they're currently reading. They'll divert the course of an entire lesson because of something they read last night in bed. They exemplify  the relevance of written texts in life: they don't just quack the rhetoric of being seen reading: they actually can't avoid doing it.
3. Great English teachers work too hard.
They write out advice-sheets for their classes, sample essays, give detailed feedback, write plays, direct, take coachloads of kids to the theatre. If they look like they're not working hard,you're being conned.

4. Great English teachers don't pretend to know all the answers. They relish being asked questions they can't answer because it gives them something to find out.They exemplify real learning - open-ended, messy, unpredictable, ongoing learning.
5. Great English teachers love individualism.
They relish the eccentrics in a class - the naughty ones as well as the paragons. The naughty ones will often only behave for these teachers. These teachers have something individual to say to each student. They call them out and talk about their work one-to-one. They say when they're disappointed about something a student has done, but mostly they celebrate success - not in some phoney saccharine way, but through sheer enthusiasm for a job well done. Students know when a teacher really knows 2 them: a great English teacher invariably does. You only have to note the way ex-students send cards or make visits to be reminded that great English teachers change people for life.
6. Great English teachers balance spontaneity with structure.
Their lessons can feel hugely creative and unpredictable. Yet they fit into an overall developmental pattern. A student will know where she's heading, what she needs to work on to improve, where the half-terms' lessons are heading. And yet it will all feel so fluid, so unforced, so natural. This is the great English teacher's gift.

7. Great English teachers are risk-takers.
They have their own favourite texts but they frequently try out new finds. They're not afraid to use a grammar or punctuation exercise if that's what's going to clarify the thinking of the class. But chiefly they use texts to excite and challenge young minds, even when they know that the texts may be a little high level. It's a sign of their selfconfidence, of their high expectations. They mix idealism and pragmatism. They have high ideals about students gaining a love of literature and a relish for the infinite complexity of language. But they're happy to read Joby, and to simplify language to a series of accessible rules if that will help their students' progress.

8. Great English teachers love the process of teaching:
they like its creative opportunities. They like listening to students talking, like watching their drama, reading their stories. They may complain that they don't, that they'd hadenough, but, deep down, it's what drives them - a love of the intangible processes of the classroom.

9. Great English teachers are undervalued.
They should be showing teachers in all subjects how to teach - how to build students' confidence, how to structure lessons, how to assess skills and knowledge humanely and precisely. They should be our first choice of mentors, watching fledgling teachers and helping to shape their skills. Great English teachers are great teachers per se and schools should recognise this more.

10.Great English teachers have a powerful emotional impact.
You walk out of their lessons feeling you can do things - can read better, write better, think better, learn better. The world seems a bigger challenge but we suddenly feel up to it. Great English teachers nourish our heroism.

11.Great English teachers get nervous on the day of exam results. They don't need to, but they do. It's a sign of their concern that their students should do well in 3 exams, as well as enjoy their subject. It's a sign also of their accountability: great English teachers don't automatically blame their students if a result is disappointing: they live the exams along with their students.

12.Great English teachers are more important than they realise. They teach the most important skills within the most important subject. They remind us of the power of language and the delights of literature. They help students to mediate a bewilderingly complex world, standing for certain values - for the confidence to ask questions, for the security of knowing there aren't always simple answers, for being prepared to argue your case, and doing so in a style that is powerfully appropriate. Great English teachers do all this and more. They have an impact beyond their knowledge, influencing generations of young people. They're the reason many of us are ourselves English teachers. They are, quite simply, great teachers in an age when teachers are almost automatically disparaged. We owe them a great deal - not least, our gratitude.



Monday, 3 December 2012

Share : Teaching & Learning Photos

Here are some pictures taken during teaching & learning activities in
Year 1 Ilham English class.







Look at their happy and cute faces... 





Sunday, 2 December 2012

HOW TO LEARN ENGLISH

                                TEN FUN AND EASY WAYS TO LEARN ENGLISH



 We’ve all heard a thousand times that the only way to really learn English is to be totally immersed in the language, completely surrounded by it everywhere you go. But we wanted to go deeper than that and find quick and easy ways to start getting immersed. So our research team put together 10 steps that you can follow, in this order, to make learning English faster and a whole lot more fun.


 #1: Find some English radio stations and podcasts in iTunes There are tons of podcasts about all topics imaginable these days: entertainment, politics, news. A good way to find one is to look for a podcast from a TV channel you usually watch in your cable TV. Look for one that interests you and listen to it in your car while driving. You’ll train your ear that way!



 #2: Check out the Top Videos on YouTube and watch for at least a few minutes Most of them are hilarious! It will be so worth it. Try looking at the comments to pick up some words and sentences you aren’t familiar with, but be careful there is all kinds of bizarre stuff in YouTube comments.


 #3: Talk and sing to yourself in English When you are alone at home, or of course in the shower, start talking! Sing a song in English the way it sounds to you, talk about the weather or any other topic. Do this frequently and your pronunciation will drastically improve – guaranteed!


 4#: Do you have an English-speaking idol? Go to YouTube and watch all of his/her interviews in English You can spend hours doing that listening to interviews and it sure won’t feel like studying. But it is! It helps you a great deal.

 5#: Sit near people who are speaking English on the bus or in the park. Listen in… Okay now don’t be a creepy eavesdropper! But, see what words you can pick up and listen to the flow of the conversation. How much did you understand? What general topic were they talking about? Did you hear an interesting word you might want to look up after?


 #6: Pay attention to billboards, signs, advertisements, magazine stands and establishment names Look and think about what these ads mean. How many words do you recognize? Did you see that same word elsewhere? Make up sentences about what you’re seeing.


 #7: Love music? Try figuring out the words/lyrics of your favorite songs Watch video clips with lyrics on YouTube and sing along. Read the translation and build up your vocabulary. Listen to “clean” versions of songs and try to figure out what dirty words were taken out. It’s fun!


 #8: Watch TV clips, episodes or soap operas in English It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand what they’re saying, watch anyway! Try to understand why something is funny or sad . If the joke is related to the word itself, then maybe that is why the joke does not make sense in your native language. What would be the best translation into your language then?



 #9: Engage in a conversation on Facebook with friends who post in English When you have English speakers in your timeline, you see their posts daily and get inside information about news and viral videos in English. Your friends can be your teachers! Their timeline basically sort out the best material for you to study.


 #10: Produce, produce, produce. No matter how shy you are or how much you don’t “get” English, force yourself to speak Help out a tourist who looks lost. They won’t mind you struggling with the language while you’re doing them a favor! After class, talk to your teacher about how things are going and what you need help with in English. When traveling, ask around for directions in English, even if you don’t need them! Try purchasing things online and by phone, or using customer support in English. It does not matter if you talk slowly, you are learning, that’s only natural!


 BONUS TIP: When seeing a new movie look up the original title on IMDB.com The translation sometimes does not correspond directly to the original. Find out what the original title really means. Ask yourself how the translation makes sense. What is the relation to the movie? You will never forget a new word that once it’s associated with an unforgettable movie. Works every time!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

12 TIPS TO BE A GOOD STUDENT.

How To Be A Good Student!  

1. Get noticed!
Its about connecting you and your lecturer. My strategy is to be punctual for classes and ask question during the lecture. It is important because the lecturer will notice you and it can help them when giving marks for your assignment. Other way to get noticed is to sleep during the lecture but it’s not gonna be a good impression.
2. Breakfast
Lots of students used to skip breakfast. But I’ll try my best to eat at least Gardenia or Sweetie buns. You may read more about the benefits here. It works for me and I believe it works for you too.
3. Excel in coursework
It is important to get your course outline when semester begins. Study the percentage of coursework, quiz and exams. For design student, usually its a 10% attendance, 50-60% for all minor projects and 30-40% for final project. Next, understand the grade, A = 85-100%, A- = 75-84%. I guess you know how to score the subject. 8% attendance, 45% minor and 25% final and you will get 78% which is A-. Pretty easy huh?
4. Have a regular nap and sleeping hours
I used to have a nap either before or after Zohor prayer. This is important to make sure you can focus on evening classes. Don’t stay up late at night doing your work. If you really have to stay up, at least you should sleep at 2am and continue your work after Subuh prayer. Doing work or studying in the morning is good for memorization and focus!

5. Allocate Budget for Stationary and tools 
When you got your scholarship or study loan, provide some allocation for stationary and tools. Ask your seniors or lecturer what you should have for the courses on that semester. Don’t buy everything at once because you might not use them after all. Don’t be too stingy but spend wisely.
6. Your project is your portfolio
I always stick to this saying even if its a minor project. By treating your project as your portfolio, you are sure to do the best in your work. In addition, you also should treat your project which shall be qualified for a design competition. Then you can come up with a good design.



7. Good time management
Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Manage your time wisely to go for classes and doing assignment. If you involve with university programs, you’ll have more responsibility for meetings and activities. My tips; don’t sleep in the morning. Go to the office in the morning to meet the officers. If you meet them in the afternoon, I’m afraid your application will be processed on the next day.
8. Why so serious?
After all, everything seems so serious. Yeah, you also should spare some time for fun; play computer games, play bowling, swimming, ice skating and the list goes on. It is important to reduce stress.
9. Good references
With the internet technology, students have unlimited resources of reference. Just googleand you will find it. Don’t forget to subscribe their RSS feed or become a member to get updates and some freebies too.
10. Help your friend
By helping your friend and studiomates, you can become better on the subject. Don’t be too reserved with what you have. Share it with your friend, teach them Photoshop, 3DS Max and Flash. After all, you got nothing to lose!
11. Attitude
Attitude is the main ingredient if you want to become a successful person or a best student. Those points mentioned earlier won’t work without the right attitude.
12. Perform prayers, even when you are busy
As a Muslim, it is important to submit ourselves to Allah. After all the hardwork (make sure it is a hardwork), I believe Allah will reward those who works best (Itqan) yet still remembers Him, InsyaAllah.
I think there’s more but I just want to share my best practice. Different people have different styles. My last word, you can be the best in the university but the real challenge is to be the best in life and hereafter. Till then, all the best!

Friday, 12 October 2012