Sunday, March 21, 2010


FORM : 4 Science 2 DATE : 21ST MARCH 2010

SUBJECT : English TIME : 1.00 – 2.05pm

ENROLMENT : /21 (65 min)


TOPIC : “If” (poem)

TEACHING AREAS: In relation to the topic

1. Language for Interpersonal Use (Level 1)

ii- responding to questions politely by giving the required information.

2. Language for Informational Use (Level 2)

i- Stating what the text is all about.

ii- Asking and answering questions.

VOCABULARY: deal, disaster, doubting, impostors, knaves.


Students have learnt poems before (Sonnet 18, Si Tenggang’s Homecoming and There’s Been a Death in the Opposite House)


1. Multiple intelligences

i- Interpersonal

ii- intrapersonal

2. Critical Thinking Skills (CCTS)

3. Moral Values


By the end of the lesson, students should be able to:-

1. Listen and identify the main ideas that the poet wants to highlight by watching and listen to the video that the teacher shows.

2. Exchange ideas, information and relate the poem to their experience and daily life.


1. Cooperation- teamwork and cooperation in group activities.

2. Preparing the students for real world.


Handout 1, video of “If” poem, flip papers, marker pens, handout 2.



2. English CD Rom provided by Government of Malaysia






Set Induction

(5 minutes)

Introduction to the poem “If”

- Teacher introduces the topic for the day to the students.

- Teacher highlights that parents love to advice the children.

- Teacher asks the students what are the advices that their parents usually advice.

- The students are expected to answer the teacher’s questions.

- Teacher writes the students’ answer on the board.

(10 minutes)

- Teacher shows the video of the ‘If’ poem to the class.

- The students are expected to pay attention and enjoy the show.

- Teacher asks the students few questions related to the poem.

- Students are expected to answer the questions by relating them to the video.



(10 minutes)

Exercise 1

- Teacher distributes handouts, which is based on the meaning of the poem.

- Students are expected to answer the questions.

- Teacher discusses the answers with the students.

- Students are expected to respond to teacher by giving their answer.

Handout 1


(10 minutes)

Group Work:

‘Advices in the poem “If”’

- Teacher advices the class into few groups (4 groups)

- Teacher distributes a flip paper to each group.

- Students are expected to follow the instructions.

- Each group will have to find the advices that are being highlighted in each stanza.

- Each stanza contains 4 advices and students are expected to find all 4 advices.

Group work


(10 minutes)

Presentation on the advices

- Students are expected to write the advices on the flip paper.

- Teacher asks each group to present their findings.

- Teacher asks the students to copy down the advices in their books.



(5 minutes)

Exercise 2

- Teacher distributes another handout.

- Students are expected to answer the questions.

- Students are advised to ask if they do not understand.

Handout 2


(5 minutes)

Literary Devices :


- Teacher discusses the answers with the students.

- Students are expected to answer the teacher’s questions.

- Teacher highlights some of the literary elements that included in the poem.



(5 minutes)

Reflective questions

- Teacher summarizes the lesson by asking reflective questions.

- Teacher recapulates the lesson by reminding the students to follow the elder’s advices.


Teacher distributes handouts focusing on the advices that parents give, students are expected to write on the main message of the poem in a short paragraph.



Monday, March 1, 2010

~CALL's assignment~



TITLE : The Effect of the Computer-based Grammar Instruction on the

Acquisition of Verb Tenses in an EFL Context.

JOURNAL : The JALT CALL Journal, 2007, Vol. 3, No. 1-2,


Ali F Abu Seileek

(King Saud University)

Ghaleb A Rabab’ah

(University of Jordan, Jordan)

This research or study was conducted to achieve several aims. The aims are; 1) To examine whether computer based grammar is as effective as teacher-driven grammar instruction for English majors. 2) To prove that the language teachers as well as language learners believe that CALL is very beneficial and helpful in raising the level of proficiency in the target language. The methodology of this research is ‘experimental’ research. Where the students are divided into four groups and the samples consist of 128 male students of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. Basically, the students are the learners for the second language learning (English) in the university. Before the respondents are being ‘tested’, they need to sit for a pre-examination focuses on the verb tenses. This is to know the level of the students before the study was conducted. thus, it may help the researcher to draw outline of the students' ability in verb tenses. by doing this, it will make the study easier, meaningful and authentic to both the students and teachers. Then, after the experiment has been done, the samples need to sit for another post examination, in order to check the effectiveness of the study. If the result is positive, then the study has achieved the objectives or aims of the research. Meanwhile, if the study does not have any positive values or impacts, the study is a failure.

Personally, I really think that this research is an interesting study to be done. The research is focusing on the use of second language use in teaching and learning English language. Thus, this also helps the students and the teachers in improving the instructions in classroom activities. The research is well conducted, and I really like the methods that they use to get the result of the study. However, there are few steps that can be done in order to improve the study to be more realistic, such as hand in a set of questionnaires to the samples and interview the language teachers and students. According to this study, I think it is good if the research is being done in Malaysia and collect the data for future references. This is because there are a lot of modern methods and techniques in teaching English nowadays. One of them is by using computer in teaching and learning English language. Indirectly, it will instill the interest of learning the language among the students. Thus, it may make the teachers’ job easier. All in all, I am very positive towards the use of computer in teaching English and at the same time, the students will be computer literate and IT literate. By referring to Malaysian context, i think the government also looks forward in this kind of education system. The ministry of education has implemented and renewed the syllabus and english curriculum in order to make the learning and teaching process interesting. For example, the current issue on the implementation of Primary School Standard Curriculum (PSSC) which has been introduced by the government in 2010. This curriculum emphasizing the usage of the English language, numerical literacy and science subjects. All these subjects can use the technology as the aid to teach the new generation students. Thus, i think this way of teaching (by using computer as a tool for instruction) is a successful method and effective to the students. All in all, i think this research is good and an appropriate study to be carried out in Malaysia in future.

the research / study is taken from: