Sunday, December 4, 2011
based on the link above i think that the results will be out by the 1st or 2nd week of january... those who did not pass to their expectation and minimum requirement can resit the exam in March by registering before the 19th of jan. the only difference being it will be dearer this time round as it will cost rm40 for admin and rm60 for the test, a.k.a. a whopping RM100 for MUET... plus there will be tests 3 times instead of twice a year... hope those at the top r not buying Mercedes Benzsss or whole condominiums on prime land with said loot. hehehehehhe.. ok that was under the belt. i couldnt help it.. anyway.. good luck everyone!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Well, so many have asked... and I have to answer quite simply: read up on ALL my recent blogposts as I've included samples and tips and various other guidelines like grammar fixit formulae and calculation techniques. So please search my archive!
I've also received quite a number of questions regarding counter arguments and how to go about doing this. So here are my thoughts on the matter.
Line of Argument:
Basically you can arrange your essay based on my writing template (search my blog for this) which is a basic 5 paragraph format.
MODEL A (if you completely agree)
2. body 1 (pro-argument 1)
3. body 2 (pro-argument 2)
4. body 3 (pro-argument 3)
MODEL B (if you completely disagree)
2. body 1 (con-argument 1)
3. body 2 (con-argument 2)
4. body 3 (con-argument 3)
If you want to score much higher bands (5/6) you need to have a more mature and critical line of argument. Therefore you must be able to present your counterargument and then a refutation to steer it back to your stand. What am I talking about? Here goes:
Topic: Smoking is bad for health
Stand: Strongly agree
Pro-agrument: Smoking will endanger our health and may result in death.
Counter-argument: Some people can still have a long life even though they smoke a pack or two a day.
Refutation: However, these people are not the majority as studies strongly indicate that there is a direct link between smoking and diseases like lung cancer.
Notice that we need to AVOID ASSUMPTIONS/SWEEPING STATEMENTS/GENERALISATIONS when we are writing because it affects the strength of your opinions. Therefore use the vocab in RED above to mediate your sentences. Do not use banned terms like ALL, ALWAYS, EVERYONE, NONE, NEVER, WILL & MUST unless you really have the facts to back you up. Compare to the sentences below:
Topic: Smoking is bad for health
Stand: Strongly agree
Pro-agrument: Smoking will endanger our health and will result in death.
Counter-argument: All people can still have a long life even though they smoke a pack or two a day.
Refutation: However, these people are never affected as all studies show that there is a direct link between smoking and diseases like lung cancer.
The vocab in blue indicates to the examiner that you do not know how to control the strength of your opinions and have thus made serious assumptions that can be easily disproved by facts. Therefore you are NOT in the high bands.
Ok.. so coming back to Line of Argument, here are more essay models you can follow to get high bands. A band 5/6 person will write more than the minimum 5 paragraph format which I have introduced earlier (which is fine if you just need to get band 3/4).
Which do you prefer?
MODEL C (if you have equal pro & con arguments, 50/50)
2. body 1 (pro-argument 1)
3. body 2 (pro-argument 2)
4. body 3 (con-argument 1)
5. body 4 (con-argument 2)
MODEL D (if you agree, but would like to discuss counterarguments before refuting it with your final point)
2. body 1 (pro-argument 1)
3. body 2 (pro-argument 2)
4. body 3 (counterargument followed immediately by refutation which is your pro-argument 3)
MODEL E (if you agree, but would like to first address the counterarguments before refuting it with your first point)
2. body 1 (counterargument followed immediately by refutation with is your pro-argument 1)
3. body 2 (pro-argument 2)
4. body 3 (pro-argument 3)
MODEL F (if you have equal number of counter and pro arguments)
2. body 1 (counterargument 1 & pro-argument 1)
3. body 2 (counterargument 2 & pro-argument 2)
4. body 3 (counterargument 3 & pro-argument 3)
Anyway.. hope you can make sense out of this as I've tried to simplify it as much as possible. Please stay tuned for the reading paper answers which I will post after today's exam and there will be a discussion about the writing paper questions 1 & 2 as soon as I can generate a plausible answer. Again...GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY STUDENTS BOTH IN REAL TIME AND ONLINE. You're all in my prayers. :P
Sunday, November 13, 2011
FYI: I'm sticking to my writing template so that the organisation of your essay is clearer and it makes writing 350 words easier. Read up on my template here:
Plus: Fix your grammar in 15 mins: Read my grammar notes n take the grammar test!
SAMPLE 1) YEAR END 2008: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2
“People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more money and what money can buy.” What is your opinion on being materialistic? You should write at least 350 words. [60 marks]
They say that money makes the world go round. And indeed it does as without money, life would be very difficult as in today’s society, nothing is free. The side effect however is that people are becoming more materialistic; more concerned with making money and what money can buy. But how much money is enough? Is it ever enough? To some, it will never be enough. In my opinion, I truly believe that this statement is true and that people are becoming more materialistic in nature. In this essay, I will discuss how materialism has affected modern society’s way of life on an individual level, the country’s economy as well as our spiritual and moral beliefs.
First and foremost, each individual is affected by materialism to some extent in this day and age because hedonism is becoming an uprising trend. This is because today's generation are geared towards making more and more money so that they can enjoy the carefree lifestyle that is so popular these days. Moreover, people now are striving to earn more income in order to afford things that are more expensive and branded. For example, people spend their hard earned money on material objects like genuine LV and Coach handbags, expensive gadgets like Iphones and Tablet pcs and so on which in my opinion is a waste of money when regular goods may prove to be good enough. Therefore, while individuals become more focussed on their pursuit of material wealth and improving their standard of living, they may forget that what matters most in life is quality time spent with family and friends and not the quantity of their material goods.
Secondly, when society starts spending in a materialistic manner it will surely have a domino effect on the country’s economy. This means that the spending power of society will help boost the economy and create more business opportunities for the booming trade. However, when a society overspends, using plastic money or credit cards, or when they take loans they cannot afford to repay, then the country’s debt margin will be higher. For instance, USA today is facing an economic crisis because banks have approved home loans to people who aspire to own bigger houses than they can actually afford and this is causing the collapse of the country’s economy there. Thus, while a society’s spending habits helps our economy to grow, overspending due to materialism will have an adverse effect to the country’s financial stability.
Last but not least, materialism affects our spiritual and moral beliefs. This is due to the fact people who are materialistic may become ‘amoral’ whereby they disregard their spiritual and moral upbringing and instead turn to crime to satisfy their materialistic needs. In fact, the crime rate is increasing because criminals these days have developed many ways to gain more money from society. Take for example, there are more reports of snatch thefts, burglaries, kidnapping for ransom, credit card fraud, internet banking hacking and others that are driven by materialistic criminals. Hence, when people lose sight of their spiritual and moral beliefs and believe instead in the greed of materialism, therefore the crime rate is bound to increase.
In a nutshell, materialism is a common agenda in the 21st century as more people are working hard to afford things beyond their reach. While this may spur individuals to work harder to improve their standard of living, overspending due to materialism may cause the downfall of a country’s economy and their morality. In my opinion, I still firmly believe that materialism has a strong hold on today’s society; both positive and negative effects. Our government can encourage society to be less frivolous and wasteful in spending by running campaigns such as ‘Consumer Awareness’ and ‘Buy Malaysian Made Products’ in order to educate our younger generation for the prosperity of our nation.
SAMPLE 2) MID YEAR 2010: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2
The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail, Facebook and Short Message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing trend? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words. [60 marks]
Everywhere we turn today, the world is crowded with people busy typing SMSes on their Nokias or iPhones or someone is staring unblinkingly at a Facebook or Yahoo page on the computer screen. Whether you like it or not, the age of Information Technology is upon us, and we can either learn new skills and adapt to this new technology, or be forever lost and stuck in the older generation. In my opinion, I am fully convinced that this growing trend is the way of the future, and it brings countless benefits to mankind. In this essay, I will discuss three positive effects of electronic communication, namely its efficiency, enhances communication and creates a borderless world community.
First and foremost, more and more people are relying on e-mail, Facebook, Short Message System (SMS) and other types of electronic communication tools because of its high efficiency. This is because in today's age of globalisation, we need information at the tip of our fingers. Moreover, with the use of these tools, we can increase the speed of getting the necessary and relevant information within seconds and this will increase our productivity. For example, gone are the days of using 'snail mail' or regular letters using stamps and envelopes and many more examples of 'old' technology because it is simply too slow and inefficient. Therefore, these e-communication tools increases the access to important information which is why the new generation is fully accepting this growing trend.
Secondly, this form of technology enhances communication among people today. This means that when we use SMS, e-mails and websites like Facebook, we are able to communicate clearly and directly to our target audience. Furthermore, people today find that the message is more important than the form it comes in as an e-mail in short but clear sentences is just as good or even better than a long and formal letter. For instance, an SMS can give clear instructions in just a few words and this communicates what needs to be done quickly and directly. Thus, when the intended message can be spread clearly using short and clear information like in SMSes and emails, communication can be enhanced and there will be less problems of miscommunication.
Last but not least, e-communication creates a borderless community in the world we live in today. This is due to the fact that the boundaries that separate each country becomes less relevant when information is transferred without limitations. In addition, the world would be a better place because there is a sense of 1-World commitment, respect and tolerance for the global community through efficient and clear e-communication. Take for example, we are able to connect with people on an international basis using Facebook, Friendster, Tagged, Hotmail, Yahoo and others. Hence, these tools will enhance global unity and create a more peaceful world.
In a nutshell, this growing trend has many positive effects not just to individuals but the global society in terms of efficiency, enhancing communicative skills and shaping a borderless community. In my opinion, I still firmly believe that this latest trend is the best way forward and if we do not catch up, we will be left behind by the tide of development. Our government can encourage the proper usage of electronic communications by increasing communication amenities and free broadband accessibility especially in rural areas so that they can enjoy the same facilities as city-folks therefore balancing the development of our country towards achieving Vision 2020.
SAMPLE 3) MID YEAR 2011: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2
The most valuable thing in life is friendship. Do you agree? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
It is true that no ‘man is an island’ meaning that no one in this world can live alone without friendship. That person would be very socially challenged as he or she would miss the camaraderie and life experiences that come with friendship. However, I completely disagree with the statement that the most valuable thing in life is friendship as there are certainly more important and priceless things in life besides this. In this essay, I will outline how life itself is more valuable than friendship, and elaborate on why family and the individual’s principles in life are ranked higher.
First and foremost, before one can enjoy the beauty of friendship, one must surely value life itself or in other words, we should value our health. This is because, the quality of our life is the single most important criteria in life if we are to live a meaningful and wholesome life. Moreover, without good health, we will be hard pressed to do even the simplest of tasks like feed ourselves or relieve ourselves without the help of doctors, nurses and caregivers. For example, if we are paralysed, lost our sight, hearing or ability to speak or even a simple case of a fever or allergic reactions, then the quality of our life is greatly reduced and no amount of friendship can make us healthy again. Therefore, while friends can stand by us in our time of need, pristine health is still the most valuable asset in our lives.
Secondly, we are no one without our family as indeed blood is thicker than water. This means that however you analyse it, friendships will almost always play second fiddle because family always comes first. Furthermore, if we do not value our family above others, then there must be a problem among the family members that has caused their relationship to be strained. For instance, people tend to turn away from family if the family member(s) themselves are the ones to cause them to react negatively such as divorced parents, abusive parents or siblings and so on. Thus, when people consider friendship to be the most valuable thing in life, more often than not they may come from a troubled household.
Last but not least, a person’s principles in life is by far more valuable than friendship alone. This is due to the fact that each person needs to have a code of ethics, quite often prescribed by their individual religions. In addition, this code will guide each person to live their lives according to the good and right principles. Take for example, if an individual has set his principles to do good, then no amount of friendship especially negative influence from friends, can shake his hold on his principles and cause him to commit undesirable deeds like smoking, stealing, raping, murdering and others. Hence, if a person values friendship so much to the point where he is willing to break his principles, then he has done a serious misdeed against himself and will most likely regret his actions later in life.
In short, friendship is the rainbow of life as it colours our horizons with invaluable experiences but without good health, a supportive family and strong principles, life becomes empty and meaningless. In my opinion, it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that I still firmly believe that friendship is not the most valuable thing in life. Our government can encourage people to prioritise health, family and principles in life by organising awareness campaigns especially in primary schools where the younger generation should learn about priorities in life because they are the leaders of tomorrow.
SAMPLE 4) MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2
The rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products. How will this affect the society? Give your opinion. You should write at least 350 words.
Money is always an issue in today's era of materialism. Most people need it for basic survival while the lucky few indulge in luxuries without worrying about money. In my opinion, I strongly agree that the rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products and this will definitely affect the society. In this essay, I would like to touch on the effects this price increase has on society today, namely increasing vice activities, widening the gap between the rich and the poor and affecting the population trend in the long term.
First and foremost, society will immediately be affected by the rise in fuel prices because consumer products will be more costly and this leads to an increase of vice activities. This is because basic necessities such as rice, flour, sugar and so on will be in great demand and some warehouses will store or hoard the items to further increase the price of the product. Moreover, in the newspapers today, reports of smuggling of these items prove that this vice activity is on the rise. For example, the recent sugar price hike caused a furor among the Malaysian society as it costs more fuel to travel to and from the supermarket and when arriving, most places had run out of stock even though the government had allocated 2kg of sugar to one person. Therefore, the fuel price increase had definitely caused more hardships to society today.
Secondly, it is undeniable that the rise in fuel prices leads to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. This is due to the fact that people are greatly affected by the price of basic necessities such as food and fuel in particular. Furthermore, the rich people will still be able to afford such things but the poor will face greater challenges as the popular saying goes: "The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer." For instance, when money is used to purchase consumer products that are necessary for survival, then less money will be spent on health and dental check-up, educational purposes and others. Thus, it is clear that the fuel price hike will further stress on the differences between the rich and the poor which is such a tragedy.
Last but not least, in the long term the population trend or demographics of the society will be greatly affected. This means that new families will consciously decide not to have too many children in order to increase their quality of life. In addition, society is now more aware of birth control and family planning so this will greatly reduce the population as most families will have 1 to 5 children instead of more. Take for example, new families with less children will surely spend less on basic necessities like food, clothes, transport and many more. Hence, the demographics of the whole country will be affected and this in turn will reduce our workforce which will affect our country's productivity and prosperity.
In short, there are many short term to long term effects of a fuel price increase which includes more crimes like hoarding and smuggling will occur and this leads to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor as well as a change in the society's demographics. I still strongly believe that the rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products and this will surely cause a negative impact to society. The government must find a way to stabilise the fuel price at a reasonable rate so that it does not affect the productivity of this country towards achieving the aspirations of the nation for Vision 2020.
SAMPLE OF ESSAY FROM ONLINE STUDENT JEFF (TQ FOR ALLOWING ME TO BLOG THIS) ON WHAT NOT TO WRITE IN YOUR ESSAYS.
On 9 November 2011 00:53, jeff lai wrote:
A university education is better than a college educaton.Give your opinion.
After the SPM examination,many students have to decide their future on which education to pursue.Some of my friends chose to enrol in college.I decided to study in matriculation college as a Pre-U qualification to enter university.My reason is university education is better than college education.
This is because university has a better education system,more dedicated lecturers and better facilities.
First,university education provides a better education system than college does.A SPM certificate is enough for you to enrol in a college but to enter a university you need a Pre-U qualification such as STPM or A-level.This simply shows that it is harder to study in university as you need some qualifications in which the college does not demand.Besides,the grading system in university is stricter than that of college.So,students have to work harder to get a good result.On the other hand,most college change their grading system,according to the overall result of their students.Moreover,the the syllabus in university is well designed.Besides giving knowledge,it helps to develop the social skills of students.For example,Students have to do survey on public about topics related to their study.This ensures that the graduates can have critical thinking skill and communication skill.
Universities usually hire more experienced lecturers with better knowledge.According to a research, these lectures possess a Master or PhD degree and some even graduated overseas.Thus,they have higher level of of knowledge which benefits the students.Besides,Most of them have years of teaching experience and so they know how to guide their students,developing their skills and exploring their potential.For instance,a Physics lecturer does not only talk on theories.Instead,he teaches the students to analyse a problem logically.They are also more caring and responsible to their students.These qualities are hard to seen in college lecturers,who are mostly bachelor degree holder and work just for money. (very serious generalisation here!)
Last but not least,university usually has better facilities,for example,the state-of-art computers.Unlike those college such as Inti College which are run by private companies,university has a better management.Thus every single thing in the university,including the infrastructure is planned and developed well.This is beneficial to students.For instance,university with advanced laboratories is beneficial to students as they can learn science better by being explored to the real situation while conducting experiments.Besides,university with better sports facilities can help the students to relax their mind.In other words,better facilities means a more conducive environment for university students.
In a nutshell,university education is better than college education for its better education system,lecturers and facilities.Despite the growing number of college in our country,I advice fellow friends to choose university education so that when you graduate,you are competitive enough to survive in this ever developing world.
Language wise you would score a high band 4... however your content is not very mature and there is lack of critical thinking skills so you might get only low band 3. Add the two together you may get a low or mid band 4.
Good try but i can assure u that this question will never come out in the exam as the scope is too small. if you compare spm with uni, then it would be a more viable question. comparing uni n college requires in-depth knowledge abt the two so majlis peperiksaan malaysia would never use this question as it would be too biased for some parties (urban) while the rural ones will not be able to answer it well at all.
Also, you mentioned too many assumptions and sweeping statements in your essay. I have highlighted the generalisations in GREEN ABOVE where you have stated what you consider to be a fact but is actually just your opinion. Please avoid such statements.
I do like how you've followed an academic style format.. and that you've given concrete examples. Good try.
Anyway... thanks for trying. :P
MORAL OF THE STORY: AVOID SWEEPING STATEMENTS AND GENERALISATIONS THAT YOU HAVE NO PROOF ABOUT. STAY AWAY FROM WORDS LIKE:
ALL, NEVER, ALWAYS, EVERY, EVERYONE, EVERYTHING ETC.
I'd like to record my sincerest thanks and gratitude to the CARE Alumni (pic above)of Uni Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHMas) for organising and making my trip to Batu Pahat for a Pecutan Akhir MUET Seminar one to remember. Thank you to Engr. Ahmad Zulfadli Jusoh (Pen. Pendaftar CARE) and Mahfuzah Hj Abd Salam for hosting such a meaningful event for the benefit of all the MUET candidates who showed real commitment to attend my workshop. I hadn't been to Batu Pahat since about 15 years ago, and it remains in my mind as a very nice place with great people. The course was a 3 slot x 2hr each intensive workshop covering Grammar Formulae, Listening, Reading and Writing skills for MUET using current past year exam questions and my personal exam guidelines.
Was very pleased to be able to pen my signature on all the participants' certs. Tq for this opportunity. :P
Here's a group pic (sorry it's not clear) of students from matric, diploma, degree and even masters... some are also outsiders, all of whom hv one common goal, to improve their MUET knowledge and be able to obtain Band 3 or higher. You are all in my prayers for this 19th Nov when the actual exam will be held.
Rise n shine early in the morning in front of my VVIP accommodation. Tq for the lavish treatment UTHM. :P
My participants... :P
Thanks for your avid attention.
Two very enthusiastic teachers from a secondary school in BP.. Mdm Chow and Mdm Ellis Ria.. tq for your participation. Keep in touch!
Another pic of my accommodation... with Ms Emiliana (hope i spelt it right) as my companion throughout my stay... nice meeting you, Emi!
The huge tv kept me company on 11.11.11 with the live telecast of the opening of Sea Games 2011 in Indonesia. :P
My room... huge!
Last but not least, one cant go to BP without trying the famous Mee Bandung in their famous Parits (there were so many parits!hehe) and I even brought back some rempah bandung to share with others. :P Anyway, I was so impressed with the amazing hospitality of UTHM organisers.. tq tq tq so much for sending me all the way (4hrs each way) to KL in the Alumni's Exora... and I really hope that we will meet again, Zul, Mahfuzah and the rest... may you all pass in the coming MUET exam. God bless!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Report Writing Formula:
Here is what i consider to be the 'must know' tips.
1. WRITE THE TITLE AND UNDERLINE
2. YOU CAN WRITE 'By Audrey Koh' UNDER THE TITLE BUT THIS IS OPTIONAL MEANING NO EXTRA MARKS OR DEDUCTION OF MARKS WILL BE GIVEN.
3. WRITE IN 3 PARAGRAPHS (MINIMUM, BODY CAN BE MORE THAN 1 PARA)
4. INTRODUCTIONS CONSISTS OF ONLY 2 SENTENCES (INTRODUCTION +OVERVIEW: I + OV)
I: 1ST SENTENCE WRITE THE TYPES OF GRAPHS/DIAGRAMS/HEADLINES ETC THAT YOU SEE IN THE QUESTION.
(The stimuli present a bar graphs on ... and a pie chart on ... etc.)
5. OV: 2ND SENTENCE WRITE ABOUT THE MOST OUTSTANDING TREND THAT COMBINES ALL THE STIMULI
(Generally, ... )
5. BODY - WRITE ONLY INFORMATION THAT IS OUTSTANDING (KEY FEATURES KFs, NOT FEATURES.. FEATURES JUST MEANS EVERY SINGLE POINT, YOU NEED TO BE SELECTIVE IN CHOOSING THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES ONLY)
(According to the __graph,../Based on the ___ chart,...)
6. CONCLUSION IS JUST ONE SINGLE SENTENCE AS SUMMARY S. JUST REWRITE THE OVERVIEW (2ND SENTENCE IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH) IN A DIFFERENT SENTENCE. DO NOT ADD YOUR OWN OPINIONS.
(In conclusion, ... )
7. ALL WORDS AFTER 200 IS NOT CHECKED/READ/EXAMINED. EXAMINERS WILL NOT READ AFTER THAT SO STICK TO THE WORD LIMIT. MPM REQUIRES ALL EXAMINERS TO ACTUALLY COUNT THE WORDS AND MARK THE 200TH WORD SO BE TRUTHFUL WHEN YOU WRITE THE NUMBER OF WORDS AT THE END OF THE REPORT.
8. TRY TO LINK ALL THE INFO AND EXPLAIN IT IN A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WAY. DO NOT COME OUT WITH DIFFICULT AND CONFUSING CALCULATIONS AS THIS IS NOT NECESSARY.
9. USE A WIDE VARIETY OF LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE THE STIMULI IN ORDER TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR VOCABULARY POWER. HOWEVER, DO NOT BE VERBOSE, AIM FOR ACCURACY.
10. GOOD LUCK, AND ALWAYS ANSWER THE ESSAY QUESTION FIRST BEFORE TRYING TO WRITE THIS REPORT. ESSAYS ARE 60% WHILE REPORTS ARE 40% AND IF U DONT COMPLETE YOUR ESSAYS WITH A MINIMUM 5 PARAGRAPH FORMAT, YOU CAN ONLY GET BAND 2 ON AVERAGE.
Here are some of my samples on good report writing.
How are reports marked?
Language - 20 marks
Task Fulfilment - 20 marks
Total - 40 marks
Friday, November 4, 2011
"People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more money and what money can buy." What is your opinion on being materialistic? You should write at least 350 words.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is the cause of today's many social ills. What is your opinion? Support your answers with examples. You should write at least 350 words.
Year End 2009
People commit crime for selfish reasons. Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail, Facebook and short Message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing trend? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
Year End 2010
In an arranged marriage, the choice of a husband or wife is made by parents or elders. What do you think of this practice in today's society? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
The most valuable thing in life is friendship. Do you agree? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
Anyone wants to try to write some essays for me to grade? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on people, any comments about what the next question will be this Year End 2011? :P A special prize will be given to the person who has the most accurate guess.. hehe.. yup.. i'll actually send u a present through the post! LOL... come on n comment then!
Hui Chuen wrote this:
Every brain drain is a potential brain gain ...Do you agree or disagree ? How to write this type of essay? I definitely do not know how start it ?
- Audrey Wiles
It discusses the issue of our graduates and educated people migrating to other countries to work. You have to discuss how the country could gain in knowledge (brain) if they managed to keep these workers in Malaysia rather than working for other countries. Some suggested points: 1) leaving the country means knowlegable ppl in malaysia is reduced, 2) Malaysia is forced to hire foreigners to work (negative effect on foreign exchange), 3) country spends a lot of money on quality education through upgrade of local tertiary institutes so if when they graduate they do not serve the country (brain drain), Malaysia will lack innovative minds capable of new innovations to propel us forward because all the geniuses will prefer to work in other countries. The conclusion is that the govt must make it attractive for local brains to stay in the country and contribute back to society. The recent 2012 budget tabled by our PM includes higher allocation for human resource development esp the empowerment of women in business.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Here's Budget 2012 at a glance:
So what aspects of Budget 2012 can be incorporated in your essays? Follow my lead below and add your comments here. I will copy and paste to my blog post so that the lists will hopefully get longer and longer.
1 District 1 Futsal Court. This allocation is aimed at improving the general health of Malaysians by encouraging physical activities that are good for fitness, competitiveness and improving social skills among all Malaysians.
Free primary & secondary school education, RM100 for schoolgoing children and RM200 book vouchers for tertiary education students, RM5000 for Masters & RM500 for PhDs demonstrate the Government's seriousness in raising the level of education and emphasising the importance of a solid education background in its aspiration to achieve developed nation status by Vision 2020.
Women will be empowered with more skills and business opportunities in order to strenghten their position in the economy and to increase their productivity for the benefit of the nation. More training programs tailored especially for women will be carried out through Budget 2012.
Using the links above, try to write your own versions of the above and I will copy and paste to this blogpost. :P
As for the exam proper, please read up on my previous blogs for sample answers and see the slides here.. I am very angry with WandererSuria on ISSUU for uploading my slides WITHOUT MY PERMISSION!!!! TAKE IT DOWN OR ELSE!!!!
Anyway, will be uploading more sample answers for report writing and essays soon. cheers. If you have any questions post here and I will try to answer them within minutes (I love my Blackberry!)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Hi all.. how did your speaking go... comments please!!! hehehe.... tough? nah! must have been fun! Anyway, this is an update of the questions for this end of the year MUET speaking exam. (Rough summary only, not exact words)
Day 1, Session 1
People gives the most meaningful contribution to society
Day 1, Session 2
Challenges of studying abroad
B) language barrier
C) financial problems
D) culture shock
Day 2, Session 1
Welfare club wants to help children in a hospital
a) read to the children regularly
b) organise games and activities
c) assist the children with their studies
d) collect things like toys and books for the children
Day 2, Session 2
Sex education should be taught to the young. Who should impart this knowledge?
D) the mass media
Day 3,session 1
Which is the most important in life?
Day 4, Session 1
What are the qualities that can strengthen a relationship.
For the other sessions, read the comments below, tq to those who wrote abt their speaking questions. Keep up d good work!
So glad my students did not have to answer the sex education question. I have assigned them homework to write an essay regarding this and will blog about it soon. Will also be updating the latest questions for the following exam days so stay tuned!!!!!!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
1. A person's character is often influenced by other people around him/her. Who has the greatest influence on a person's character?
D) Famous personalities
Task B) Discuss which of the following has the greatest influence on a person's character.
2) If you were given the opportunity to serve as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for one term, what would be a great achievement to leave behind?
A) Economic prosperity
B) Excellence in sports
C) World class education
D) Excellent health facilities
Task B) Discuss which of the following would be the greatest achievement that you can leave behind as a Prime Minister of Malaysia.
3) What do teenagers expect from their parents?
A) Increase their allowance
B) Give them more freedom
C) Be more understanding
D) Spend more time with them
Task B) Which of the following do teenagers expect most from their parents?
4) You and your friends are deciding on the choice of universities and programmes of study available. You would like to seek the opinion of others before you make your final decision.
A) You think that it is important to seek the opinion of your parents. Why?
B) opinion of your friends
C) opinion of your teachers
D) opinion of your career guidance counsellor
Task B) Whose opinion is most important in deciding where and what to study for your university degree? Discuss.
5) You are preparing for your first job interview. There are many things that you should do. What are some of these?
A) Get information about the job
B) Obtain information about the organisation
C) Dress appropriately for the interview
D) Improve on your communication skills
Task B) Discuss which of the following is the most important preparation for a job interview.
6) Everyone has a role to play in making Malaysia a safer place to live in. Suggest what can be done at different levels to achieve this.
A) Every individual can play a role in maintaining safety. How can this be done?
B) The community
C) The school or college
D) The government
Task B) Which of the following plays the most significant role in making Malaysia a safer place to live in? Discuss.
7) Electronic media such as the mobile phone, computer and electronic games has an impact on young people of today. What aspects of their lives are affected?
A) Electronic media can affect the study habits of youths. Elaborate.
B) Daily habits
C) social relationships
D) World view
Task B) Discuss what aspect of a young person's life is most affected by the electronic media.
8) In today's society, more people arre trying to lose weight. What could be the reason?
A) For health reasons
B) To be fashionable
C) Because of their job
D) Because of social pressure
Task B) discuss which of the following is the main reason why people want to lose weight.
9) What are the costs-cutting measures that can be taken by a family to reduce expenditure? Give some suggestions.
A) Use public transport
A) Spend only on what is needed
C) Carry out their own repair and maintenance work
D) Recycle and reuse household items
Task B) Discuss which of the following is the best way for a family to reduce expenditure.
10) Who do you regard as a successful person? Give your view.
A) Someone who is very rich
B) Someone who is very intelligent
C) Someone who is very powerful
D) Someone who is very famous
Task B) Which of the following do you regard as the most successful person?
11) What factors can influence a student's academic performance?
A) Study habits
B) Sleeping habits
C) Leisure activities
D) Network of friends
Task B) Discuss which of the following has the greatest impact on a student's academic performance.
12) It is important to be a good neighbour. What are some of the qualities needed?
A) Polite and rescpectful
B) Friendly and caring
C) Helpful and responsible
D) Tolerant and understanding
Task B) Discuss which of the following are the most important qualities needed to be a good neighbour.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THESE QUESTIONS? EASY? HARD? FEEL FREE TO COMMENT... I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. GOOD LUCK ONCE AGAIN EVERYONE! :D
So you're running out of time and u need a GRAMMAR QUICKFIX.. well if you read my basic rules below & later take the grammar test... i can give u that QUICKFIX that you're in desperate need of. LOL.. so i've reblogged the rules i posted last year below. Good luck for the speaking exam ok!
I've developed some basic rules. If you can follow it, i'm sure your writing will improve by leaps and bounds.
Firstly, you must learn (memorise) all the words in the table of tenses. There are 4 columns, all starting with 'P'.
P1 - Present tense (+s or -s) [for now, facts or habits]
P2 - Process (+ing) [takes time to complete]
P3 - Past (+ed or spelling change) [for stories that are over]
P4 - Participle (=ed, spelling change or +n) [for perfect tense and passive sentences]
Here are the common words in English according to the table of tenses.
P1 - P2 - P3 - P4
has/have - having - had - had
goes/go - going - went - gone
gives/give - giving - gave - given
chooses/choose - choosing - chose - chosen
buys/buy - buying - bought - bought
flies/fly - flying - flew - flown
sings/sing - singing - sang - sung
cuts/cut - cutting - cut - cut
puts/put - putting - put - put
becomes/become - becoming - became - become
*smiles/smile - smiling - smiled - smiled
*explains/explain - explaining - explained - explained
* if you notice P3 and P4 looks the same in smiled and explained but they are completely different meanings.
the 4 columns in Malay actually means:
p1 - sekarang
p2 - sedang (imbuhan me-)
p3 - telah
p4 - imbuhan di-
so for 'kick'
kicks/kick - kicking - kicked - kicked
is actually in Malay
tendang - menendang - telah tendang - ditendang.
Now for the rules:
1. P1: present
1 +s, >1 -s (except for sentences that start with 'You' or 'I')
He likes to eat. (Correct)
He like to eat. (Wrong)
They like to eat. (Correct)
They likes to eat. (Wrong)
She is a prefect now. (Correct)
She was a prefect last year too. (Correct)
She are a prefect now. (Wrong)
She were a prefect last year too. (Wrong)
They are prefects now. (Correct)
They were prefects last year too. (Correct)
They is prefects now. (Wrong)
They was prefects last year. (Wrong)
Sometimes the verb is quite far away but the rules still apply.
The student reading the biology book is the top student.
The students reading the biology book are the top students.
2. P2: Process (+ing) (imbuhan me-)
If you want to use 'ing' it cannot stand alone
It needs one of the Be5 (am/is/are/was/were)
The 5 versions of Be5 are very important words that are always lost when translating directly from Malay or Chinese as it doesn't exist in these languages.
The baby is sleeping soundly. (Correct)
The baby sleeping soundly. (Wrong)
The babies are sleeping soundly. (Correct)
The babies sleeping soundly. (Wrong)
*notice you need a combination of 2 words to make the process sentences correct!
3. P3: Past (+ed/spelling change)
There is no rule. You have to just memorise all the words in this column.
4. P4: Participle (+ed/spelling change/+n)
This is the trickiest part of English grammar.
There are 2 uses: perfect tenses and passives.
a) Perfect tenses: 3H + P4
if you see the words Has/Have/Had, it MUST be followed by P4.
3H + P4
He has eaten the cake. (Correct)
They have eaten the cake. (Correct)
The boys had eaten the cake yesterday. (Correct)
He has eat the cake. (Wrong)
They have eating the cake. (Wrong)
The boys had ate the cake yesterday. (Wrong)
b) Passive sentences: Be5 + P4 (Imbuhan di-) [kek dimakan, bukannya dia dimakan]
The cake was eaten by him. (Correct)
The cakes were eaten by them. (Correct)
The cake eaten by him. (Wrong)
The cakes eating by them. (Wrong)
Be5 + P4 (don't confuse kicked with P3)
The ball is kicked by him. (Correct)
The balls were kicked by him. (Correct)
The ball kicked by him. (Wrong)
The balls kicking by him. (Wrong)
* Passive sentences are a combination of 2 WORDS: Be5 +P4, not P3. But sometimes if the spelling it +ed, it looks like P3, but the function is actually P4.
5. Other rules:
a) to + ori
to give (correct)
to gives, to giving, to gave, to given (wrong)
b) to + be + P4
to be taken (correct)
to be take, to be takes, to be taking, to be took (wrong)
c) modals: can/cannot/may/must/mustn't/should/shouldn't/will/would etc
modals + ori
can swim (correct)
can swims, can swimming, can swam, can swum (wrong)
d) modals + be + P4
must be discussed (correct)
must be discuss, must be discusses, must be discussing (wrong)
e) by + ing
by taking the bus (correct)
by takes, by take, by took, by taken (wrong)
f) for + ing
for demonstrating (correct)
for demonstrate, for demonstrates, for demonstrated (wrong)
3H + been + P2
has been taking (correct)
has been take, has been takes, has been took (wrong)
3H + been + P4
has been taken (correct)
* P2 is used if the process takes a long time,
P4 is used if it is a passive sentence.
NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE RULES, CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND TAKE MY GRAMMAR TEST. YOU WILL FIND THAT KNOWING THE RULES MAKES ANSWERING SO MUCH EASIER.
WELL... WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Friday, October 7, 2011
"I found difficult to generate idea for this speaking question, hope you could help me. Malaysia has achieved a great deal in 50 years of independence. Discuss what has been greatest success.
especially for economic success, I totally don't know what can I say.."
Anyone wants to attempt? Please comment here. I will provide the suggested answers in my next blog post. :P
Below is a sample answer from 'Immature'. Great job. I've filled it out a bit (CAPITAL LETTERS ARE MY ADDITIONS)
*investors will invest in msia economy
- BECAUSE INVESTORS PREFER STABLE COUNTRIES
- E.G. CURRENT RULING GOVT HAS SUCCEEDED IN LURING IN FOREIGN INVESTORS ESP IN ISLAMIC BANKING
*people able to live in peace
- BECAUSE THERE IS MINIMAL RACIAL TENSION
- E.G. ALL RACES LIVE UNDER ONE ROOF IN HARMONY UNLIKE WARRING COUNTRIES LIKE AFGHANISTAN, PALESTINE ETC.
*msia visited by tourists from around the world
- BECAUSE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE VISITING POLITICALLY STABLE COUNTRIES
- E.G. SUCCESS OF VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR CAMPAIGNS MOSTLY DUE TO POLITICAL STABILITY
*there's a lot of msian products being exported to other countries
- BECAUSE WE R ABLE TO INNOVATE NEW PRODUCTS, HIGH DEMAND PRODUCTS
- E.G. PALM OIL (ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP EXPORTERS), PETROLEUM PRODUCTS & BY-PRODUCTS ETC.
*there's alot income/REVENUE from investors
- BECAUSE INVESTORS PREFER MALAYSIA'S ECONOMY WHICH IS STABLE AND PROMISING
- E.G. MANY INVESTORS IN INDUSTRIALISATION, AGRO-BASED, ISLAMIC BANKING ETC.
*TOURISM REVENUE CONTRIBUTES TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS
- BECAUSE MANY TOURISTS TRAVEL TO MALAYSIA AND INCREASES FOREIGN EXCHANGE INTO OUR COUNTRY
- E.G. GENTING, MEGA SALES, TRAVEL TOURS ETC.
* CONSTANT REVISION & UGPRADE OF PRIMARY & SECONDARY SYLLABUS
- BECAUSE WE NEED TO KEEP ABREAST WITH THE LATEST IN TEACHING & LEARNING
- E.G. KBSM REPLACED BY KSSR (STANDARD CURRICULUM FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION)
*many studs achieve great success in SPM & able to further their studies in universities
- BECAUSE STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN GOVT SCHOOLS AS THEIR FOUNDATION & SUPPORTED BY MANY SCHOLARSHIP & LOAN (PTPTN) PROGRAMS
- E.G. NUMBER OF TERTIARY EDUCATION INTAKE INCREASES EVERY YEAR, MORE STUDENTS CHOOSING TO CONTINUE STUDIES
*many international stud came to study in msia uni
- BECAUSE MALAYSIA AIMS TO BECOME THE REGIONAL EDUCATION HUB
- E.G. BOTH GOVT UNIS (UM, UPM, UKM ETC) AND PRIVATE COLLEGES (TAYLOR'S, INTI, TAR ETC) HAVE MANY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
*the many races in msia respect and tolerate each otherS' customS & religionS
- BECAUSE MALAYSIAN REALISE THE NEED FOR TOLERANCE & HIGH RESPECT FOR ALL CULTURES
- E.G. MAY 13, 1969 RACIAL RIOTS ARE A GOOD REMINDER WHY WE SHOULD LIVE TOGETHER PEACEFULLY AT ALL TIMES.
*open house during festive seasons(Hari Raya,CNY,Deepavali) are celebrated together
- BECAUSE RACIAL HARMONY PROMOTES MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT FOR ALL RACES
- E.G. THE ATMOSPHERE DURING FESTIVE SEASONS IS GREAT BECAUSE EVERYONE CELEBRATES ALL OCCASIONS
*food-Malay,Chinese,Deepavali enjoy eating each races' traditional food
- BECAUSE THERE IS A HUGE VARIETY OF DELICIOUS FOOD SHARED BY ALL RACES
- E.G. EVEN CHINESE USE HAND TO EAT 'ROTI CANAI', MALAYS & INDIANS ABLE TO USE CHOPSTICKS WELL SHOWS RACIAL HARMONY & ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS' CULTURES IN TERMS OF FOOD.
"idk what's going on my head?!! the question is difficult.from the 2nd point onwards, i was just typing w/out thinking whthr the elaborations are correct or not"
October 9, 2011 3:56 AM
1. ALWAYS THINK OF 3 MAIN POINTS AND FOR EVERY POINT, GIVE REASONS AND EXAMPLES.
2. IF YOU CANT ELABORATE ALL WITHIN 2 MINS & U DONT HV CONCLUSION, THERE IS NO PENALTY.. EVEN IF U TALK ABT 1 POINT FOR 2 MINS BUT SUBSTANTIATE IT WELL WITH GOOD JUSTIFICATION AND EXAMPLES, THEN YOU CAN STILL SCORE HIGH MARKS.
3. IMMATURE: WELL DONE... GOOD JOB WITH MOST OF THE POINTS! I'VE JUST ADDED MORE 'MEAT' BASED ON 'FACTS' TO UP THE LEVEL OF YOUR ANSWERS TO BAND 5 & 6 (PERFECT GRAMMAR & AMAZING VOCAB EXPECTED OF BAND 6)
TO THE REST OUT THERE... GOOD LUCK!
Monday, October 3, 2011
the above is a link to my archive on sample scripts...
anyway, to get your speaking juices going, here are my top tips.
1. Dress well. Smart and neat.
2. Don't forget your IC and slip.
3. Memorise the list of words/phrases that are useful for tasks A & B.
4. When you enter the quarantine room, decide who in your group will start the group discussion and who will end. The one who concludes my start making a conclusion on the 9th minute so pay close attention to your own watch.
5. You will be given one minute to read the question. After that you can ask anything you want. You MUST ask something even if you think you understand because the examiner will try to give you more ideas and you can HEAR the words being spoken so you can adjust your pronunciation.
6. Always smile and look confident even though you feel like a lump of nerves.
7. Divide the blank paper given into 4 quadrants for A, B, C & D. Write your 3 points in your section. Always give 3 main points with reasons and real examples. If you cant describe all 3 points and u have no conclusion, don't panic. NO MARKS WILL BE DEDUCTED. All you have to do is to speak continously for 2 minutes and give as much elaboration as possible. Think of mature ideas. Think of what the individual can do, then what society can do and finally how the government can address the issue if this is relevant to your question.
8. Take notes in the remaining 3 quadrants when your fellow candidates are speaking. You can 'borrow' their ideas for task B.
9. Use the 2 mins prep time for task B to rank your opinions. Which is more important? Example, D, A , C then B is the last choice. Give reasons why A, C & B are NOT THE BEST.
10. Fight (politely) for a chance to speak during the discussion by interrupting in a gentlemanly way. (may i interrupt, can i add something pls.., sorry to intterupt but, pardon me but...etc). However, do not be a control freak and talk too much. On the other hand, do not be a mouse without a voice. Equal opportunity for all to speak and you will get bonus marks for teamwork. If you friend runs out of ideas or forgets a word, offer your opinion. This is what a good discussion is about, sharing ideas and thoughts.
11. When you are blank just 1) repeat what your friends have just said. OR 2) tell your friends you didn't understand their point and could they please repeat it. NEVER be silent for a long time. 3) Just ask the next person what they think instead.
12. If there is plenty of time left, and you have already come to a decision, ask the others their opinion on why the other points ARE NOT SUITABLE. (Why dont we consider candidate A's point? Why do you think it isnt suitable? etc)
13. If your group manages to do a conclusion within 10 minutes, it will be a better discussion. 4/4: we all agree that.. 3/4 most of us agree tha... 2/4 some of use agree that... while others think that... 0/4 NONE of us agree that...
14. If your group DID NOT MANAGE to make a conclusion, dont panic. NO MARKS WILL BE DEDUCTED. In real life, not all conversations have a conclusion.
15. Smile politely and thank the examiners before you leave.
Ok... my next post will be some sample questions from past years. Here is one below for you to practice.
Task A: What makes a good leader?
Candidate A: Knowledgeable
Candidate B: Disciplined
Candidate C: Trustworthy
Candidate D: Visionary
Task B: Which is the most important quality of a good leader?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thank you to Joanne Gan, Upper 6 Science, SMK Majakir for submitting this. :P
Health is very important in our lives as we cannot carry out daily activities efficiently without a healthy body. In Malaysia, mass vaccination is practiced in public schools. The vaccines may be administered by school nurses or a team of other medical staff from public sectors. For instance, children may receive the oral polio vaccine in Year One of primary school, the BCG in Year Six and the MMR (measles, Mumps and Rubella) in Form Three of secondary school. In 2010, the government will provide all 13-year-old girls three doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. This policy aims to prevent illness, disability and death of Malaysian citizens which can be triggered by various diseases.
The Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said according to PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) about 2000 students qualified for scholarship worth RM73 million. So far, PTPTN had approved loans amounting to RM38.69 billion for 1.75 million students and waived loan repayments totaling RM277.99 million for 9545 students with first class honours last year. This shows that the government is serious in raising the standard of human capital in Malaysia so we may achieve developed nation status by Vision 2020.
Sports should be integral to a person’s life. This is due to the benefits in health that can be derived from it. In addition, skills such as strategic thinking and teamwork can be emphasised among Malaysians. The Ministry of Education had introduced the 1 Student 1 Sport policy (1 Murid 1 Sukan) to encourage students to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Making participation in sports compulsory helps student develop a more holistic and balanced approach in life while sharpening the skills of talented individuals in various sports such as badminton, football, athletics and so on. Our government can improve this program by providing subsidized sporting equipment for each student so that they can afford racquets, bats, balls, spikes that are essential to the development of the sporting standard of the country.
Agriculture in Malaysia makes up 12% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). 16% of the population of Malaysia is employed through the field of agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) serves as an agency for private agriculture businesses in Malaysia to get advice by experts that specialize in agriculture, fishing and livestock. The statutory body under MOA, Agrobank also helps farmers and fishermen by offering financing packages and loans so that they can start their businesses without life-long savings.
The major industries in Malaysia are rubber, textiles, basic metals, food processing, petroleum and electronic goods. In 2007, Malaysia was the 3rd largest economy in South East Asia. The Malaysia New Economic Policy (NEP) was created in 1971 with the aim of achieving a 30% Bumiputera share of the economy of Malaysia while eradicating poverty amongst Bumiputera. After 30 years of program, the NEP had achieved its goals where Bumiputra ownership increased to 18.9% in 2004 against 2.4% in 1970, while poverty decreased to 8.3% in 2004 from 64.8% in 1970.
Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had distributed a total of 285332 laptops to secondary school students in Malaysia to help educate and engage poorer students in information and communication technology (ICT). The aim of the ‘1Malaysia Computer’ program was to benefit 65% of the students in government and government-aided schools. The conditions to receive free laptops were: only household incomes below RM3,000 in rural areas (below RM5,000 in urban areas), the family did not own a computer, and the children were in Forms 1 until 5, each family was limited to one computer. Free laptops would help students improve their learning skills as they could search for extra information independently by using the internet access. This program can be improved as the government should provide free internet access through portable broadband connection so that all students could do self-learning conveniently at home.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Right, I've been thinking about why my students cant score higher than band 3 and 4... and I've finally hit the nail on its head. It's because students these days include too many generalisations and sweeping statements which are not backed up by facts. So then I sent them of a fact finding research and they have come back with key facts that can be used in their essays. I've then compiled (the first batch below) the info and written MUET style academic sentences which addresses key issues. I then printed out the samples below and got them to highlight whichever parts they considered as factual. Then in my next lesson, I will give them some sections with fill in the blanks activity (fill with facts) and some sections where they have to write their own sample sentences using the facts they can recall. Anyway, whichever style you use to present is not the issue but the fact that Band 5 & 6 students are expected to have a very HIGH LEVEL OF CRITICAL THINKING and maturity of ideas is reflected based on the content of their academic essays.
So students out there, read the examples below and highlight the facts. Teachers, get your students to do it. An enrichment activity is you can give them more issues and they can write their own samples, maybe one group one issue.
My next blog will be on using Malaysian government policies as content for factual and academic writing. So stay tuned and don't forget to comment about this technique. Was it effective for you? Your students? :P
In terms of world peace, we should never repeat the mistakes of World War I in 1918 where we lost about 5 million people and World War II in 1945 that took the lives of more than 61 million. These wars are concrete examples of why killing and death are not acceptable. Instead, we should find a way through the United Nations and other such organisations to conduct peace talks at all costs because wars give nothing but negative impact to the human race.
Mankind is doing irreparable damage to mother nature to the extent that more and more natural disasters have occurred in recent times such as the undersea earthquake a day after Christmas in 2004 which unleashed multiple tsunamis in 14 countries killing over 230,000 people. More recent are the earthquakes in New Zealand last year and this year Japan was hit full force by a tsunami that almost destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant and caused a nuclear meltdown similar to the radioactive disaster in Chernobyl, Ukriane (1986). Therefore, we must reduce our negative impact to the environment because it will definitely affect mother nature.
3. NATIONAL UNITY
There are many lessons we can learn from our own history including the May 13 1969 racial riots between the Malay and Chinese especially in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Almost 200 people were killed and this really emphasised why we need to be more understanding, tolerant and respectful of each others’ cultural differences. Otherwise, another terrible racial riot will occur and this will destroy the national unity that we have worked so hard to achieve for the past half century of independence.
World peace is threatened when terrorists launch attacks such as the 9/11/2001 hijacking of two 767 jets into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. This is such a tragedy because it took 2,753 lives but there are uncountable more lives, maybe millions, that have been shaken by this terrible event. This has led to more lives lost through the hunting down of Saddam Hussien and Osama bin Laden, both of whom were influential leaders that commanded troops of terrorists. Hence, the governments of each country need to work hand in hand to protect its citizens from further terrorist threat.
In recent times, the world has seen a number of tragedies that are unbelievable and atrocious such as the bombing in Oslo, Norway where Anders Brevik went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 77 youths because he was against multiculturalism and Muslim immigration. Thus, although we should be patriotic at all times, there must be moderation because the extremism showed by Norweigian Anders Behring Breivik is very unhealthy and this does not create peace, but instigates world wars.
6. PROUD TO BE MALAYSIAN
We should be proud to be living in a peaceful land as there are no wars, enough food and opportunity to improve our standard of living. On the other hand, places like Palestine face the uncertainty and horrors of war every day, while there are many crisis elsewhere such as in Somalia, Afghanistan and even in Thailand which is our direct neighbour. In short, we need to defend our peace and freedom not just for this generation but for our children, and our children’s children.
7. ENDANGERED ANIMALS
Datuk Michelle Yeoh from Perak is an international actress most famed for her role in action movies and being the Bond girl in ‘Tomorrow never dies’ is also known for her full support of the anti-smuggling of endangered animals campaign. Along with celebrities such as Jackie Chan, they both support the saying, “When the buying stops, the killing will too.” Therefore, we should also support this campaign to stop the buying of illegal animal products such as ground rhino horn, ornamental elephant tusks and animal fur and skin to make clothes and accessories.
8. INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed is an extremely inspirational man as he was the longest serving prime minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003 during which he was called the ‘Father of Modernisation’. We have a lot to thank him for including our aspiration to achieve the developed nation status through Vision 2020. He was also behind the successful programs such as Multimedia Super Corridor, Proton cars, KLCC and KL towers, Formula 1 Sepang Circuit and many more which have brought prosperity and countless opportunities to fellow Malaysians. Therefore, to me he is truly inspirational as even today he has his own website, blog and Facebook page where he shows eloquence and critical thinking even though he is now 86 years old.
Malaysia has a lot to be proud of in terms of sports as today we have two individuals in racquet sports that are ranked No. 1 in the world. They are Datuk Lee Chong Wei for badminton and Datuk Nicol Ann David for squash, both hailing from the island of Penang. The two are prime examples of a combination of hard work and good upbringing because they have managed to divide their time to be a successful sportsperson. Datuk Nicol is 28 years old and been playing squash intensively since young but she still managed to score flying colours in her SPM where she obtained 7As. This is evidence that with the right attitude and diligence, anything is possible.
Malaysia is proud to have businessmen who have carved a name for themselves in the international arena. Tan Sri Anthony Francis Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia, owns the world best low-cost airline (2009-2011) which has created countless opportunities for Malaysians to travel around the world for business and leisure. With his amazing tagline, “Now everyone can fly”, it is truly wonderful that we can experience international travel because travelling is now affordable for all. Another famous Malaysian entrepreneur is Datuk Jimmy Choo, famed for his exquisite handmade heels which are sought after by all the celebrities in America and the whole world including the fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker, a famous Hollywood actress. Therefore, we should always look for opportunities to expand our business not just in the Malaysian market but penetrate the international market as well.
Friday, September 9, 2011
They survived a tiring day! hehe..
Thanks for paying attention guys.. send your essays to email@example.com, and add me to facebook if you like 'Audrey Wiles'
Some pics of my MUET seminar at UiTM today. :P
Monday, September 5, 2011
Anyway, the MUET speaking exam is around the corner. I will be writing more tips about that in the next blog post. In the mean time, here is an essay submitted by Chin Hong, a fellow MUET lecturer from Taiping, Perak. Everyone is welcome to submit essays for me to publish but I reserve the right to edit and 'doctor' it for accuracy and fluency. :P
There are important issues relating to consumerism. Discuss the various ways whereby we as consumers leave an impact on the environment, society and our nation. Support your view with examples. You should write at least 350 words.
As a nation progresses, so does the level of consumerism among its citizens. The changing lifestyles of people have increased the market demands for more sophisticated products and lifestyles. All said, such demands have improved our general lifestyles in certain ways but they too do leave behind some negative impacts on the environment, society and the nation.
Firstly, consumerism has affected the environment in such ways that if not resolved will greatly affect the world that we live in. Due to our hectic lifestyles, many people have forsaken their task of cooking and eating at home. Generally, most working people opt to buy ready-prepared food outside and these foods are packed in disposable plastic boxes or bags. As we all know, such boxes are non-biodegradable and thus will cause environmental degradation if they are disposed of and buried in landfills. The overdependence on plastic shopping bags instead of using shopping baskets while shopping by consumers also contributes to the degradation of the environment therefore we must support the ‘No Plastic Bags’ campaigns. The use of aerosol sprays by consumers and CFCs-based products will have a detrimental effect on the environment. It will deplete the ozone layer in the atmosphere exposing mankind to the harmful effects of the ultra-violet rays of the sun. The affluent lifestyle of people nowadays has seen an increase in the ownership of private cars and this has caused air pollution to the environment to increase dramatically.
The changing spending habits of consumers too have an impact on society and the nation as well. The greater demands of consumers for luxury goods such as electric appliances and modern gadgets have caused an artificial demand of such goods and this has pushed up the price of such products. Thus consumers will be at the losing end as they need to pay more for such products causing inflation to rise. The widespread use of plastic money or credit cards too produces a negative impact on our society and the nation. The uncontrollable use of credit cards to purchase products has caused many a person to be heavily indebted to credit companies and banks. This has affected the saving power of the people and the country will be short of money with which to generate its economic growth. There will be a slowdown of the economy of the country as consumers will have no more money to spend or save due to the debts incurred from the overuse of credit facilities.
In short, although the increased level of consumerism has improved our lifestyles to a greater extent but the long term negative effects it has on the environment, society and nation needs to be looked into so that we as consumers can learn to be smart consumers benefitting not only ourselves but the society and nation at large. Our government needs to step up efforts to acquaint consumers with their rights and responsibilities by carrying out more consumer awareness campaigns nationwide. Smart consumers, prosperity for all.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Just a short post to tell u guys I had a brilliant time helping SMK Putatan's pre-uni students with MUET at their academic seminar. :P Hope u guys had fun while learning some invaluable stuff.
Haven't had much time to update blog as have been real busy with the 1st Sabah Interschool MUET Colloquium held in Yayasan Sabah Mini Theatre last 14th. If anyone in Malaysia would like to organise a colloquium competition for MUET please contact me and I'll share some info with you.
Will put up the colloquium pics in my next post.. keep posted k!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Mich... no need to aim for B6. Only 1% of Malaysians can actually score B6 so a B5 is already a great achievement. Mind you, even English teachers cannot be sure of getting a B6 if they take MUET as the level is excruciatingly high. :P
Chew.. as for appealing, well I haven't had any experience regarding this but you are welcome to appeal if you really need a B4 to advance in your education. If you can do so with a B3 then there is no point. If you appeal, do let me know how it turns out. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.
Once again, thanks guys for all the compliments. My greatest joy is to be able to give back to the people what my teachers have given me along the way. An open mind, and more importantly, an open heart. Cheerios!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Great work for those who got the bands they targetted... Proud of you guys...
Need a favour.. can you check your reading comprehension marks and compare to the answers that I published here.. I need to know how close or far my answers were from MPM's. If u scored 40/45 on mine and on your slip it says you scored 41/45 then i know that my answers are 1 question out of sync... If u cant figure out the math.. just tell me your result and i'll work it out.
Good luck in your future undertakings!