Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Powerpoint Presentations in the MUET Classroom

As you can see from the video clips below, I've been using multimedia in the classroom.. but instead of me preparing and presenting, I've empowered my students to work in groups to gather materials and develop their own presentations. I believe that when you give students the room to grow, indeed they will. Of course the presentations are far from perfect, but as the old saying goes: it is not the destination that counts, but the journey itself.

Therefore, I'm sure my students will agree with me when I say they have learnt a lot from researching the topics using traditional referencing in the library.. and internet access where they collected most of the materials. What is more important is the process of reading and synthesising for a purpose.

For teachers, the basic instructions I gave were:
1. Divide each group into 3-4 students and provide a social ills topic (eg smoking, vandalism, gangsterism, drug abuse, free sex etc.)
2. Each person develops 5 - 7 slides using only POINT FORM (to avoid reading) and PICTURES/GRAPHS etc.. with NOT MORE THAN 20 WORDS per slide (to avoid over-congestion).
3. Students divided the content according to definition, examples, causes, effects and solution or recommendation.
4. Take lots of pics and record sections to be uploaded into Youtube, Facebook & Blogs.

So MUET students out there reading this, would you have liked doing this activity in your own class? Would it increase your motivation to present if you knew you would be published online?

Would be interesting to get your feedback on this as I will be explaining in my next blog the Action Research related to motivation that I'm conducting right now. :)

6A2 Majakir MUET 2010

6A2 Majakir MUET 2010 Vandalism

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Grammar Test

Curious to know your grammar proficiency percentage by just completing a simple quiz? I've designed 10 multiple choice questions for my Grammar Formulas workshop... have a go here.. and email me your answers to and i'll tell you your overall proficiency. hehe.. if you're lucky i'll even share my grammar secret formulas in the next blog! let's see if i get over 50 replies... :)

1. A) The child is talking to a boys.
B) The child are talking to boys.
C) The children is talking to a boy.
D) The children are talking to a boy.

2. A) She take him to school every day.
B) She takes him to school every day.
C) She taking him to school every day.
D) She taken him to school every day.

3. A) The instructions is give by the teacher.
B) The instructions is given by the teacher.
C) The instructions are given by the teacher.
D) The instructions are giving by the teacher.

4. A) The lady has sing a sad song.
B) The lady has sung a sad song.
C) The lady had singing a sad song.
D) The lady have singing a sad song.

5. A) His results have improved by take extra tuition.
B) His results have improved by takes extra tuition.
C) His results have improved by taken extra tuition.
D) His results have improved by taking extra tuition.

6. A) These ingredients are for make some cupcakes.
B) These ingredients are for made some cupcakes.
C) These ingredients are for makes some cupcakes.
D) These ingredients are for making some cupcakes.

7. A) You should dress neatly.
B) You should dresses neatly.
C) You should dressed neatly.
D) You should dressing neatly.

8. A) The victim must be take to the hospital immediately.
B) The victim must be takes to the hospital immediately.
C) The victim must be taken to the hospital immediately.
D) The victim must be taking to the hospital immediately.

9. A) I like to shop.
B) I like to shops.
C) I like to shopped.
D) I like to shopping.

10. A) The books has been return to the shelves.
B) The books has been returned to the shelves.
C) The books have been return to the shelves.
D) The books have been returned to the shelves.

Well.... do you think you can score 10/10 = 100% :P

email your answers asap.. hehe... good luck!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Results are out!

Why have I only heard from a few about their results? hmmmm... this is not a good sign. I'd like to know how you guys did.. do email me at if you'd like a more private discussion.

Personally I love exams.. the flow of adrenaline, the excitement of competing against others and more importantly, raising your own standards. So my opinion of abolishing UPSR and PMR? Well, I am sure you can guess that I am dead against it. We need some form of benchmarking and sense of rivalry, stress is good, it challenges us to rise above ourselves. ;-) In the same breath, I've come to know that OUM has made a pass in MUET NON-COMPULSORY. Sighs... this is really disheartening as I can imagine that the real reason behind this is that it has a whole lot to do with monetary gains, or more to the point, profit loss due to the huge number of failures amongst OUM students. again, huge sigh.

How is everyone doin? Keep the faith, ok!