Wednesday, 23 April 2014

What to do for consultation

Not everything for English can be taught in the classroom. Sometimes, it is necessary to see your teacher for consultation to go through some finer details. The most common thing that students do for consultation is to go through work that has already been marked. But that is the least productive thing to do as usually, feedback would have already been given in class. Unless you have further clarifications to make or unless you have made some improvements after the feedback which you would like to check with the teacher, your time might be better spent on other things.

Here are some things you can consider doing for consultation:
1) Checking your corrections for marked work.

2) Do a comprehension on your own from the book "Distinction in O-level English" you bought last year, mark your own work, and identify questions which you need explanation. Let me know before hand which questions these are so that I can read the passage and prepare. We can then discuss these questions when we meet.

3) Discuss your essay plans with me to check if you have analysed the questions correctly, come up with workable points and put in relevant examples for the question. In 1 hour, we can easily go through 3 plans. And one of these plans that we have worked through together might just be the question that appears for the exams.

4) Work on specific essay paragraphs with me. These paragraphs can be a correction for your written work, or it can be a new paragraph you have written. For example, the article and question I put up on the cohort Facebook group on the Menstrual Man will make a good exercise in paragraph development. You can attempt writing a paragraph and meet me to go through it. Or you can create Intro or Conclusion paragraphs based on any given essay questions and go through it with me.

5) Write a full essay and meet me to go through the essay together. However, this is not the most efficient thing to do as we will probably take the whole hour to just go through 1 essay. Even so, we are unlikely to get to talk about everything you have written.

6) For early Term 3, you would probably want to practice your skills for the oral exams with me, particularly the conversation part.

To arrange a consultation, please check my calendar (which has already been shared with you on google calendar) and drop me a message on my mobile phone. When you have arrived for your consultation, please give me a call on my mobile phone as well as I might be held up somewhere. I am usually not at my desk. So there is no point calling my extension.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Preparation for lesson on 22 Apr (Tue)

Describe some of your experiences in food courts and hawker centres. How important are these places in your life as a teenager in Singapore?

(1) Analyse the question above using the question analysis tools and brainstorming skills you have been taught in class.

(2) Come up with at least 3 points / ideas that will form 3 paragraphs that address the question above. Your points / ideas should be phrased in the exact manner as they would have been phrased in your essay.

Do (1) and (2) in the light of what you have learnt about reflective writing in today's lesson.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Preparation for Term 2 Week 5

1) Complete the VS 2013 Prelim paper before the 3rd lesson of the week

2) Analyse the 3 samples of reflective writing handed out in class:
(a) What are the kinds of information included? Why do you think they are included
(b) How are the paragraphs structured? Do you notice any patterns
(c) How are the essays organised? Do you notice any patterns
(d) What make the essays reflective essays? What are some defining features of reflective writing?

There is no Reading Task this week. There will be none until the post mid year Common Test period.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Homework and Preparation for Term 2 Week 4

Reading task
Refer to the Directed Reading Package (DRP) on the Environment found here. This is an example of how you can do your own research and gather information on a topic you are passionate about. Having the necessary content knowledge is important for expository writing.

For your reading task this week, scan through the DRP and select an issue raised in the DRP which you feel strongly about. Describe the issue briefly (in no more than 1 paragraph) and explain why you feel so passionately about this issue.

Preparation for lessons
Before the first lesson of the week, do a brief question analysis and come up with at least 4 points for each of the following questions:
1) How far is technology the solution to environmental problems?
2) Women will never enjoy the same rights as men. Do you agree?
3) Given the limited land available in Singapore, is it wise to set aside some areas as nature reserves? (Cam 2006)
4) ‘Modern technology gives us hope for the future.’ What are your views? (Gan Eng Seng School Prelim 2013)

Feedback for Reading Task on beauty (Term 2 Week 1)
Here are some possible points you could discuss:
1) People go to great lengths and huge cost to make themselves better looking (P1 Para 1).
2) Some of the methods / products used to improve one's appearance are unproven (P1 Para 1).
3) The search for beauty is frivolous and leads to a shallower society (P1 Para 3).
4) The beauty business deceives people into spending money uselessly or harmfully (P1 Para 3).
5) Until their bodies stop growing, teenagers should not be allowed to change them in permanent ways that may turn out to be harmful (P1 Para 4).
6) Big beauty companies play on people's hopes and fears (P1 Para 5).
7) Techniques and technologies of plastic surgery are more widely available than ever before (P2 Para 2). 
8) All this tinkering with facial and body types may be changing the way our brains perceive beauty (P2 Para 3).
9) Illegitimate practitioners turn out as many beasts as beauties (P2 Para 4).
10) Beauty industry turn out many same-looking standardised young people, depriving people of their individual characteristics (P2 Para 4). 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Project Ace second submission

The deadline for the second submission is 14 Apr (Mon). You are required to attach the marked first draft of your essay behind your new submission. This is to enable me to track the improvements you have made. All other requirements remain the same. Please check the instructions for the project which was posted here.

In addition, as mentioned in a comment last weekend, please note that there is an error in the phrasing of one of the Project Ace questions. I missed the error as I simply copied and pasted from the source. The correct question should read:

Technological advances have hindered instead of aided communication. Do you agree?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Preparation for Term 2 Week 3

Reading Programme
Read the two passages on sport handed out during assembly. Choose one point from each passage and argue if you agree or disagree with the author, citing your own examples to support your view.

Note: You should not restrict your examples to your own country. You also need not answer the question printed with the passages.

Preparation for lessons 1 and 2 of Term 2 Week 3
Look at the pictures on the handout containing the 3 oral examination papers. Based on what you were taught in the previous lesson for oral, write down 3 possible conversation questions. Prepare brief answers to the questions you have come up with in point form.

As a practice, read the passages on the handout.

File check
There are students who still have not submitted your EL file for checking. Please do so on Mon or Tue.