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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Online Learning

Assalam and Good Day dearest readers....


Teaching and learning are always my passions, but I can’t afford the time and money to take real courses. 
Fortunately, I, myself was introduced with online learning earlier this year while browsing the internet and 'accidentally' found this wonderful website. 
Online class by Future Learn is a great alternative to traditional universities classes. Future Learn website offers you more than 10 online course categories from Teaching & Studying, Languages & Cultures, Literature and many more course categories that suit all your needs. 
If you would like to know more about the online courses that offer by Future Learn you can click the link below.



Oops.. by the way Future Learn won Best User Experience at the UXUK Awards...yeeaaayy  

Happy browsing....:)

Monday, 21 December 2015

WRITTING - (INFORMAL LETTER)

Assalam...

Here I have a sample of Informal Letter for your reference.

QUESTION 



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Your brother spends too much time on the Internet and has done badly in his PT3 Trial Examination. Your mother has asked you to write a letter advising him how to divide his time wisely.
DON'Ts
Stay Up Late - Chat -Internet
Too Much - Time - Online games

DOs
Have A Timetable - Study - Surf Internet
Use Internet - Gain Knowledge


How to answer this question
  •  Use the 6W 1H method
  • Read the question carefully
  • Use the information given in the question to write your opening
  • Use all the points given
  • Don't forget to add your own point(s).

·    ANSWER 

322C,Taman Danau Maluri
53300 Kuala Lumpur.

20 August 2015.

Dear Aiman,

How are you? I hope you are fine. Please send my regards to father and mother. I miss you all dearly. I heard that you did not do well in your recent PT3 Trial Examination. Mother phoned me a few days ago and told me about it. Father and mother are really worried about you spending too much time on the internet. So, I am writing this letter to give you some tips on how to divide your time wisely.

            First of all, young man, don't stay up late. Don't burn your midnight oil chatting on the internet. Go to bed early. Our body needs at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep everyday. Enough sleep will enable your mind to stay sharp and productive the next day. Therefore, instead of sleeping around 1 to 2 a.m. in the morning, call it a night around 10 p.m.

             Next, don't spend too much time playing online games. There is nothing wrong in playing online games but when it affects your studies then you should put a brake to it. My advice is leaves all your online gaming activities until you have finished your PT3 Examination. Focus on your studies first, you can continue playing once you have finished your examination.

            Draft out a study timetable to help you manage your time wisely. On the timetable allocate one to two hours to surf the Internet. Now, remember, the internet contains a lot of useful information for everyone. It can be used to gain knowledge and to sift through for information useful for your PT3 Examination.

             Finally, join some outdoor physical activities rather than just being holed up in the house in front of your computer the whole day. Go jogging, cycling or walking around the park. Play football or badminton with your friends in the evenings. Physical activities help keep your body and mind healthy. You need a healthy body and mind to do well in your PT3 Examination.

             I wish I could write more but I have to stop here for now. I have to prepare for my next week's final term semester examination. I hope you will take my advice and mend your ways. I wish you all the best in your PT3 Examination. 


Your loving sister,

 Aishah


Have a good day..:)

Monday, 24 August 2015

GRAMMAR - Subject-verb Agreement

Assalam and Good Day.....

Here I would like to attach the notes I prepared for my form 1 classes...


SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT

  •       A verb must agree with its subject. The subject is always a noun or pronoun.
  •       A singular subject takes a singular verb. For examples:

·      Mother likes to play badminton every evening.
·      Zainuddin has a big bungalow.
·      She eats rice.

  •      A plural noun must have a plural verb. The word plural means more than one.

Cats are animals.
Cats – plural noun
Are – plural verb
They are good boys.
They – plural pronoun
Are - plural verb
They eat rice.
they – plural noun
eat – plural verb

  •     The table below shows how we match the subjects with the present tense form of the                                                       
              verbs ‘to be’, ‘to have’ and ‘to do’.


Subject
Verb ‘to be’
Verb ‘to have’
Verb ‘to do’
Singular
He
She
It
is
has
does
I
am
have
do
You
are
Plural
We
They

  •     The table below shows how we match the subjects with the past tense form of the verbs  
              ‘to be’, ‘to have’ and ‘to do’.


Subject
Verb ‘to be’
Verb ‘to have’
Verb ‘to do’
Singular
He
She
It
I
was
had
did
You
were
Plural
We
They



EXERCISE  - UNDERLINE THE VERB THAT AGREES WITH THE SUBJECT IN THE SENTENCES BELOW.

1.        Misliah (likes, like) to sing Chinese songs.
2.        The hippopotamus (has, have) a huge mouth.
3.        Malaysia (is, are) a beautiful country.
4.        We (buy, buys) bananas from Pak Sop’s stall.
5.        My uncle (work, works) as a firefighter.
6.        Eric’s parents (was, were) killed in an accident last year.
7.        I (do, does) my homework after dinner every night.
8.        We (has, have) returned all your CDs.
9.        The children (want, wants) some more ice cream.

10.     She (wash, washes) her hair every week.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

ENGLISH DEBATE TEXT - THE PROCESS OF NATION-BUILDING

Assalam and good day.....

Here I would like to share with you the English Debate text from my school for your reference.


THE PROCESS OF NATION-BUILDING

The process of nation-building is an effort to develop the spirit of patriotism and solidarity to create a country whose people share a common identity. The major aim is to foster national unity by developing a new nation and an integrated race. In Malaysia, the idea of establishing a nation was initiated before Malayan Union was introduced, during the struggles in seeking independence from British colonization.

In education field, the system in Malaysia may be seen in tandem with the nation building policies mentioned above. For instance, education plays a role in the National Key Result Areas. Providing a national education in Government School is one of the means by which redistribution of wealth according to ethnic group is to be fulfilled. In the effort of nation building, there is the need for a common cultural value system to promote national identity and nationhood. 

Being once ruled by western powers for many centuries and now opened to globalization exposed us to the western worldview and way of life. We tend to uncritically accept their values and institutions although some are detrimental to our worldview and society. Much of educational system is influenced by the West, where the emphasis is mostly on professional training as well as industry and market driven. Very little attention is given to ethical development, social consciousness, and national unity particularly in the International School. Most popular excuse given to reject attempts to teach and inculcate such matters is that ethics is mostly a personal matter, while social consciousness and national unity are least related to professional abilities. It must be argued that ethical failure of a person, especially in higher positions of societal trust and responsibility will certainly produce grave social and national damages. Professional expertise alone without a deep ethical, and social consciousness will not only contribute to personal and group/ racial selfishness but also to national disunity. 
While we should continue to improve on the proper professional training and 6 industrial relations but we should not neglect the ethical, social and national agenda in the context of globalization which is based mostly from a Western, secular and capitalistic perspective. 
This is important because, if the Western conception of development, governance, social well-being and personal success are pursued without proper understanding of our Eastern and largely Muslim history and worldview, our society will not know how to properly appreciate local realities, achievements and challenges. Demands for social, political and economic changes may not be really suitable to local and national needs, abilities and values. Such idealistic and non-relevant attitude and subsequent actions will be negative than positive. Recent examples of this can be seen in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and other Middle East countries where their solution is more disruptive than constructive. 
Malaysia’s racial, religious, socio-cultural and economic diversity is compounded by the fact that the national language has not been effectively mastered among all the segments of the 30 million population. Unity in linguistic usage can play an important role in unifying the various racial, religious and socio-economic groups especially in this age of globalization. 
This is made more difficult when more international English language schools are becoming more popular especially among the high-income famillies. The national schools seem to be not the most attractive option for an increasing segment of Malaysians. Allegations that it is too Malay and too religious is not quite true because some Malay parents choose to send their children to formal religious schools which is more Malay and more religious. Furthermore the Malay-centric nature national schools merely reflect the historical and cultural reality of this nation. Unwillingness of non Malays to send their children to Malay schools may reflect an unwillingness to integrate with that reality which is unnatural and not helping to achieve greater national harmony and unity. If the conception of development, governance, social well-being and personal success are based entirely on the idealized understanding of western concepts, the society will not know how to interpret local realities and requirement positively and fairly.

THE PROCESS OF NATION-BUILDING (RUKUNEGARA - NATIONAL PRINCIPLES and 1MALAYSIA CONCEPT)

The education curriculum is the heart beat of the education system. Education is a vital device in Malaysia as the country needs a tool to integrate its multi religious and multiethnic population. The past 57 years in Malaysia were spent on nation-building by following the National Principles (Rukunegara) which consist of 5 principles. The principles of Rukunegara are: Faith in God, loyalty to king and country, upholding the constitution, the rule of law, and good behavior and morality. On enhancing national unity through the development of a unified education system, a national curriculum has been referring to the    4th principle of Rukunegara; the rule of law (Bahasa Melayu as national language). so the national schools are using Bahasa Melayu, as the medium of instruction and communication, medium of developing life and style and also medium for getting knowledge. By having everyone communicate and think in national language we can eradicate any suspicious against other people who speak in other language, we are more easy to live with them, eat with them and mingle with them. While International schools in Malaysia are funded by the private sector and teach an international curriculum using English as the main medium of instruction. Using English as a medium of instruction and communication in International school is against the National Principles (Rukunegara) number four ‘the rule of law’ which stated that Bahasa Malaysia is a national language and  this will hamper the nation building that all Malaysians are dreaming to be. If the students in International school do not know how to speak in our National language (Bahasa Melayu) this indirectly will not assist our nation building in achieving unity.   

Since gaining independence in 1957, the Malaysian government has been experimenting with various ways of creating a national identity that would unite Malaysians of different ethnic and cultural background. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad (former Prime Minster of Malaysia for 23 years) once noted "Malaysians of all colours and creeds are free to practice and profess their customs, cultures and religious beliefs and yet feeling that they belong to one nation”. The notion of “Bangsa Malaysia”, which means “one Malaysian race” introduced by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in 1991 as part of his vision of 2020, aimed at bringing greater national integration among the various ethnic groups within the country. 

This unity of the nation is strengthen more when our current Prime Minister (Datuk Sri Najib Razak) launched 1Malaysia Concept on 16 September 2010 with the  slogan ‘One Malaysia, People First, Performance Now’. To built One Malaysia we need to only have one language which is Bahasa Melayu and one school so that eventually people are only known as Malaysian, not based on their wealth. And as all of us already aware that International schools are really expensive for the non-expats and middle class income famillies. The the wealth-background students go to International school while the middle class students go to National school, this will make the gap becoming more wider between and the 1Malaysia Concept will not be achieve.

 National schools encourage students of one race to make an effort to study using national language and understand the other races, their cultures, beliefs, and religions. Don’t look down on your own national language. National language can be a knowledge language, a ritual language, a commerce language, a law language and also a technology language. Look at China, France, Germany and Russia, they use their own national language and yet they are the major power on earth. In Malaysia for example: the Indians must understand all about their Malay and Chinese fellow Malaysians, and the same applies to the Malays and Chinese. Teachers who address the differences and add them to the curriculum will succeed in creating a multicultural classroom that will advocate the educational goals of all students and 1Malaysia Concept will become a reality. Some will think that this speech is racist, this is not racist. Racist is one who always fight for the right of his own race not with standing it will create injustices to other race. This is nationalism,  a way to build nation state, to build One Malaysia, to build Bangsa Malaysia. By having one Bangsa Malaysia who speaks in one language and learn in one school, then only we can achieve equality in Malaysia.



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