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Monday, July 8, 2019

Grammar Masterclass with Mdm Audrey Koh-Wiles

Ok.. so the fundamental building blocks of English language learning is grammar but our education system in Malaysia has practically ignored the need for explicit teaching and learning of grammar.

Enter Mdm. Audrey and her crazily easy Grammar Formulas that make the teaching and learning, ie the theory and practical application of them as easy as ABC. I have played around with recording audio for PowerPoint and am now polishing my skill using a screen recorder to do future videos.

Anyway, if you want to keep updated, pls revisit this blogpost and I will keep updating the links for my 3 minute Grammar Tips videos for your self-study.

Season 1 Episode 1 :  Table of Tenses
Season 1 Episode 2 :  Present Tense Formula

Watch out for Season 1 Episode 3!!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Teaching Writing MUET 800/4 - Q2

Teaching MUET academic essay skills is perhaps one of the more challenging tasks of MUET teachers. I have always championed my 5 paragraph template especially for weaker students to achieve at least a Band 2 or Band 3, but as I am NOT an MPM appointed examiner, I can only teach according to what I know, what I have learnt from the available textbooks in the market in addition to my own personal spin on it. i now tell my students to write 6 paragraphs, by adding 1 paragraph for a counter-argument. Some teachers tell me it is unnecessary but I think it helps to show the examiner the students' ability to think critically. I do tell them to leave out the 5th paragraph if they cannot do it well.

If you feel that my teaching style is not to your liking, pls do not read further. I do not wish to be blamed for teaching you the wrong thing. I would like to see more transparency in educating teachers on how to mark according to the marking scheme as most of us are untrained and will not have had any opportunity to mark according to the proper standard. Hopefully the powers that be will have more courses for MUET teachers on this matter.

Anyway, below is my best attempt so far. I am quite proud of my worksheets. If you would like to use them for the benefit of your own students, do email me at muetmyway@gmail.com. As long as you don't sell it and make money from it, I will be happy that it reaches students who need it the most.

The worksheets covers:
1. ideation (3 for, 3 against, two recommendations each)
2. possible variations of how to organise your essay (100%/75:25%/50:50%)
3. 5 HOOKs system and a proper INTRODUCTION (I have written extensively on HOOKS in my past posts, check my archives) which include Hook+Stand+Thesis Statement
4. Sample essay of 100% Agree.

Anyway, you can take a peek here.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: THIS IS MERELY BAND 3 OR 4.. IF YOU WANT BAND 5 AND 6, DO NOT LET THE TEMPLATE HAMPER YOUR WRITING STYLE. YOU NEED TO DEMONSTRATE HIGH ACCURACY AND FLUENCY WHILE SHOWING OFF YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS... DO WRITE BETTER THAN THIS SAMPLE. YOU MAY EMAIL ME YOUR ATTEMPT AND I WILL GRADE IT FOR YOU IF I HAVE THE TIME.

Take note that when you agree or disagree, you MUST LINK Part A (pollution) to Part B (poor public awareness. Most students get low marks for task fulfillment because they seem to always end up just listing all the reasons for pollution. From my personal observation, agreeing with the topic is far easier than disagreeing because you will need to further prove your stand by LINKING the two parts clearly. Notice that I used the phrase 'although people are aware...' before I introduce my points.

Ok, happy teaching and learning!





PBL - Project Based Learning for MUET


I did my Masters by coursework and have since learnt so much about Project Based Learning (PBL). The actual PBL has many steps and stages and aims to give students a CHOICE and a VOICE in answering or attempting to find an answer for a DRIVING QUESTION. The teacher should no longer focus on the product of this project, rather it is the learning journey that counts. While SUMMATIVE testing helps reveal how much they have acquired, true PBL focusses on continous FORMATIVE assessment and the rubrics and feedback sessions with students are what helps students grow and improve. A lot of times, teachers today think that PBL is just giving kids a project to complete and that's the end of it. I can help guide you on what makes a holistic PBL so do email me if you need guidance on this topic.

You would need to first read all the posts in my MUET PBL blog which I created to document my PBL journey with my current batch of MUET students. The driving question was what kind of project could they do that was interactive, ICT integrated and would help their own English proficiency as well as benefit the local Papar community. The students ended up deciding on 3 different local tourist destinations and created PROMO VIDEOS for them. In the process, they learnt to use PADLET, STORYBOARDTHAT and various forms of MOVIE MAKERS before uploading to YOUTUBE and doing their presentations during out POPCORN MORN. Right, so let me know if you have any questions.

One day, I shall publish a compendium of successful MUET PBL activities that suits pre-university students. I have the ideas, just havent put it down own paper. Hmmm... can I find a publisher willing to invest in this? Who knows, right...

Bah, click this link and do visit my PBL site. Remember to read from the 1st blog post and work your way up. Click here: MUET PBL

Happy teaching! 

2019 - I'm back! New MUET Telegram Support Group

It's been a long haitus but I'm back. I have been utterly busy with my Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning and am happy to announced that I have graduated with distinction in April 2019, University of HELP, Kuala Lumpur. It was an arduous but fulfilling learning journey and I have come out the end of the tunnel with fresh ideas and a better understanding of teaching and learning.

In the year+ I have been away, much has changed. I hv successfully published not one but two academic books focusing on the new Form 3 (PT3) format. Such an amazing feeling to see them on the bookshelves of popular national bookstores. Am working on a MUET reference book as well so look out for that in the near future. 

Right, so now that I am back on the horse, I will be posting more tips for MUET. I hv yet to hear or see the new format of MUET in black and white, so if anyone has any idea for this, do let me know. In the mean time, I will be sharing more of my materials because once the format is out, all of this will be obsolete (maybe.. maybe not) so I might as well help as many as I can from now. 


Have a nice day.. and if anyone needs to contact me just email me muetmyway@gmail.com 
Note that I may not reply to everyone (esp some students/ppl who do not know how to write politely n simply demand this and that), and that I am not at liberty to provide you with whatever you ask for simply because you asked for it. 

For teachers wishing to join the telegram group, I wl be starting a new one. The old one is infiltrated with students and it is quite annoying having to deal with students' questions in an educators' chat group. email me with the subject like MMWSprtGrp n attach a pic of ur name+MUETtimetable. Kindly be informed that I share teaching tips there and expect you to do so too so if you want to be a silent observer this is not a group for you.  

Bah, have a nice day! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Suggested Answers for MUET Reading March 2018

Tq all for helping my blog reach 5 MILLION HITS!

Here are suggested answers from a good friend as I have yet to get a hardcopy of the paper.


March 2018 Reading Suggested Answers
1. B
2. C
3. C
4. B
5. C
6. B
7. C
8. C
9. C
10. A
11. B
12. B
13. A
14. A
15. B
16. B
17. B
18. B
19. B
20. A
21. A/B
22. B
23. C
24. A
25. B
26. C
27. C
28. B
29. C
30. D/A
31. A
32. C
33. A
34. D
35. D
36. C
37. B
38. A
39. C
40. D
41. B
42. B
43. B
44. A
45. C


Take note that these answers are just attempted ones and is not from MPM. Pls leave a comment for a healthy discussion of answers below. Rude comments will be removed. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

My 1st Book HORIZON OF HOPE, pre-order now!

So the time has come to publish a book... my first endeavour is a book on poetry and prose to uplift the spirit of anyone who needs a little inspiration in life.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved for contributing lines/a poem/photographs to my upcoming book Horizon of Hope, written, edited and compiled by . Pls share the google form link with your family and friends to pre-book your copies. I will autograph them if you would like me to, just note in the google forms. Only takes a few mins to fill in and no payment is required at the moment. Thanks a million for your support!

#HorizonofHope
#queendreyquotes
#SharityofHope

https://goo.gl/forms/ZAHI3yM7mmovsc0E3

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MUET Telegram Support Group

Hi.. it has just dawned on me that there are so many teachers thrown into the deep end, teaching MUET in the dark and feeling helplessly alone. I'm glad I started this blog, not because I know everything (which I don't!) but because I learn like you - learning more and more with the years of experience and sharing from friends and markers. If you compare my 2009 posts to my posts now.. you will see too how much I have grown.

Anyway, I would like to help all MUET teachers stay connected on our Telegram group.. you can feel free to raise questions and share suggested lesson plans/materials there. Please email me at muetmyway@gmail.com with your full name, handphone number, your designation and address of your current school/institution. We would like to keep it professional based, so students are respectfully not allowed to join but teachers/lecturers are more than welcome.

Teachers who would like personal tutoring from me can also email me for help. As my time is precious, please prepare to be committed to the session once it starts. Hopefully, I can help shed some light on better teaching techniques.

Anyway, happy plodding!
(Poem below is inspired by Anis, UM Kelantan)


The Trek

No one said it would be easy.
The path is long,
winding and meandering
studded with jagged stones
laced with thorny weeds
potholes of fathomless pits
sleek mud slippery and sludgy
the incline steep and merciless
the decline harsh on knees
the impact, piercingly painful
and the ways of the hills
erratic, unforgiving.
No one said the trek
would be easy.
Easy is for cowards.
The brave
plow on
trudge on
plod on
hold on
fight on
as we gingerly pick through
the clear patches
making each step count
and steps turn into miles
and miles into a breathtaking journey
the refreshing breeze in our hair
whispering hope into our ears
as we the brave
plow on
trudge on
plod on
hold on
and fight on,
sweat and dirt cake our leathered skin
rain showers misty droplets or
thunderous hailstorms
cleansing the lenses
unveiling a better path forward
sweeping debris away
casting obstacles aside
charting a straighter route
and God willing
we Will
reach our final destination as
after darkness comes dawn
the peak, a celebration
of sunrise
sunlight
sunshine
beaming
as a beacon so bright
greets us on
the horizon of hope
if only we
plow on
trudge on
plod on
hold on
and fight on.
Never surrender.
This trek.
No one said it would be easy.

S.E.Koh
24/8/17