Tuesday, September 22, 2015 2 comments

SPM - Nature (Poem)

Hi. You can refer to these PowerPoint slides for SPM revision.

1. Download the PowerPoint slides (with colourful pictures) 

2. Download the PowerPoint slides (no pictures - suitable for students' handouts)

3. Worksheets

Saturday, March 29, 2014 23 comments

Teaching Novel - Getting students to read

Salam and Hi.

I've tried a few techniques to get my students to read Step by Wicked Step:

  1. Get students to read alone and silently in class. They doze off easily.
  2. I read to them. They like it but it hurts my throat.
  3. Get students in groups. Carry out the 'Reading Circle' activity. 

Reading Circle using Step by Wicked Step

  1. In this activity, each member of the group take turns to read aloud each line/paragraph. 
  2. I normally ask students to read 5 of less pages per lesson. 
  3. Based on my observations, students are more relaxed in this activity. 
  4. I encourage them to act out certain dialogues by changing their voices. 
  5. They do not feel intimidated when reading with their peers in small groups. Their peers could help them in understanding what they read.
  6. The exciting part - I've never seen any students doze off in this activity :)
  7. After reading, give them the related exercises. To download the exercises, click at the respective links: Chapter 1, Chapter 2
  8. After completing the exercises, give the answer key to each group.
  9. Students mark their own work in groups.
  10. Teacher acts as a facilitator.

Reading Circle in action (with 5 Imtiaz)

Friday, March 28, 2014 7 comments

Using idioms in essays

Salam and Hi.

I received the following questions through email:

Assalamualaikum  teacher. May I know how to put the idioms in my essay and made my essay more interesting though I use the simple simple sentence. I also want to know how to get more marks in essay. 

My reply:


With regards to using idioms in essays, first, you have to identify suitable idioms for the essays.

You may visit the following websites and choose the appropriate idioms for the appropriate situations:
  1. http://www.learn-english-today.com/idioms/idioms_proverbs.html
  2. http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/cat/
Or you may simply google: "idioms themes"

Let's take the example of the previous essay that you wrote - 'A Visit to the Zoo'

The example of idioms that can be used are:
  1. hit the road - When you hit the road, you begin a journey.
    • We hit the road at 9.00 a.m.
  2. with bells on - If you go somewhere with bells on, you are delighted and eager to go there.
    • We went to the zoo with bells on.
  3. reach for the moon - If you reach for the moon, you are very ambitious and try to achieve something even if it is difficult.
    • In the drawing competition, everyone reached for the moon.

  1. had a whale of a time - to have an exciting or fun time
    • We had a whale of a time at the zoo.
  2. kill two birds with one stone - If you kill two birds with one stone, you succeed in doing two things at the same time.
    • We managed to learn two main things in this trip. Firstly, we learnt about the different types wild animals kept in the zoo. Secondly, we learnt how these animals are conserved. It was like killing two birds with one stone.
Hope I've helped.