Friday, December 27, 2013

pmr result

19 Dec 2013... The form 3 students were very happy to receive their result

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Improving English Proficiency through Public Speaking - Impromptu Speeches - Debates

Source : The Star online : Wednesday July 14, 2010

Speaking up

By JOHN DORAISAMY


Impromptu speeches and debates can help improve English proficiency.
THE formal school time-table content is quite insufficient to attain all the set aims for language learning. The extra-mural dimension can be a valuable supplement or adjunct to classroom work.
Schools in our country have always had societies or associations that focus on public speaking, debating, mock trials, and choral speaking, to cite some random examples of extra-mural activities involving language.
Good habits of oral delivery mastered at school will be of value to young people. In their adult working years they may have to make formal presentations at meetings, seminars and all manner of negotiations. And in family life there will be occasions for speeches at birthday parties, wedding dinners and various anniversaries. Eulogies at funerals are also common.
Formal occasions require the observance of traditional rules intended to ensure order and discipline. Students will be able to note that at formal events, the casual manner used when chatting with friends cannot be adopted.
Impromptu or extemporaneous speeches are a good starting point. The advisory teacher of the English Language Society can prepare a number of simple, yet interesting topics. The chairperson, always a student-member of the society, will hand out the paper slips containing the titles of the speech. Timing is important. A speaker may be given five minutes to understand the title and to sort out in his mind the relevant points he will cover in his speech. He will be allowed to jot down the points, and to do some arranging of facts and phrases. Some curriculum guides remind us that “short-order talks” are frequently thrust upon politicians, civic officials and teachers at meetings, banquets and public gatherings, big and small. Some training in the art of speaking extempore or listening to such speeches will promote confidence and help to dispel the “terror” or fear element. Students can become surprisingly adept at extemporaneous talks once they learn the knack. And that can only grow out of practice.
When all the presentations have been made, the teacher can make comments on the speeches with the aim of helping students to improve their performance. Correct usage of phrases, exact pronunciation of words, tempo of delivery and audibility of voice must be looked into. The teacher’s attitude is of course vital. To err is human but we can all learn from our own errors and those of others.
What of the topics to be chosen for impromptu or extempore speeches? Generally, topics should be chosen that contain an element of controversy or will stimulate arguments. Local, state, national and world affairs always provide useful ideas or speeches. It does not matter at all if the degree of sophistication is not quite to the adult level. In a multi-cultural society such as we have in Malaysia, topics that may infringe on racial or religious sensitivities are taboo. Here are five ideas for impromptu speeches.
1. Road safety measures need to be improved in our community.
2. All nuclear weapons must be eliminated.
3. Students should be accorded the right to choose their own courses in secondary schools and at university.
4. The abolition of public examinations is not advisable.
5. More professionals such as doctors, nurses, professors and bank managers should be invited to give talks to upper secondary classes.
The time limit set (say five to seven minutes) has to be followed strictly. In our country, speakers, I feel, have too much to say. When the bell is rung, they try to rush through the unfinished portions of their speech. The entire value of the presentation is lost when the bell has to be rung repeatedly, and a recalcitrant speaker has to be literally forced to resume his seat. A wholesome habit to cultivate would be to end any incomplete presentation by saying, “I’m sorry, but owing to time constraints I am unable to complete my speech.”
Good public speakers cultivate the art of rapport or closeness with their audience. There must always be eye contact with the members of the audience. Any speaker who just scans his paper intently and reads out the text, word by word, will not have “sparkle”, the human touch. Humour is a good element but it should not be forced. To add a joke or two as a routine is not advisable.
Regarding nervousness and stage fright, students should be reminded that there are really very few “born speakers”. It is a very common weakness to feel nervous but over a period of time, through sheer practice and perseverance, confidence will replace fear and tension.
Sir Winston Churchill had an anecdote about stage fright. He asserted that he always found it useful to take a hard look at the audience. He would then tell himself, “What a lot of silly fools.” Taking deep breaths and standing up straight also helps a great deal.
Formal debates
Formal debates can provide a good opportunity for some students to speak and for others to learn through listening and observation. Two opposing teams of not more than three speakers each participate. The topic in the form of a proposition should always be clearly worded in the traditional, parliamentary style. An example is: That convicted criminals serving prison sentences should be given more opportunities to learn useful skills.
The main speaker for the proposition speaks first and he is followed by the main opposition speaker. Then it is back to the second speakers for either side and the third speakers conclude the presentations. Each team should meet to plan out its work so that members do not repeat the same points. It will not be too difficult to anticipate what the other side will probably say. In refuting or attacking an opponent’s view, it is of vital importance to avoid harsh or personal remarks. The old-fashioned precept is still valuable, namely, “attack the view but not the person expressing the view”. Also, all utterances should be addressed only to the chairperson. There should be no remarks nor gestures directed at the opposing side. I am sure we want to promote among young Malaysians the cultivation of decorum and good manners in all situations involving public speaking.
Within a school, opposing teams from different forms or houses can compete in debate. Inter-school debating competitions are also useful to foster healthy rivalry.
Advisory teachers should encourage the more enthusiastic students to read anthologies of famous speeches. Political speeches and court-room speeches are plentiful. Good bookshops will have suitable volumes that can be purchased for inclusion in school libraries. Through wide reading, students will steadily add to their stock of new words, phrases and idioms and become good speakers and writers.

Mac Inc - The Star

Source:   The Star : Thursday October 18, 2007 

http://thestar.com.my/english/story.asp?file=/2007/10/18/lifefocus/18963932&sec=lifefocus

Why English is important

IF YOU are currently learning English in a school, college or institute of further education, you join approximately one billion other people around the world who are engaged in the same pursuit. However, as you try to memorise proper grammar, and try to avoid the mistakes common to most students of English, you may wonder why you are learning the language in the first place.

So, why is English important?

After Mandarin, English is spoken by more people than any other language, and is the native language of more than 350 million people. More people speak English than those who speak the Arabic and French languages combined.

Moreover, English is the international language of diplomacy, business, science, technology, banking, computing, medicine, aviation, UN & NATO armed forces, engineering, tourism, Hollywood films and arguably the best pop and rock music in the world.

English has plenty of words to choose from. In fact, an English speaker is offered the biggest vocabulary of any language with a choice of 500,000 to 1,000,000 words (including technical and scientific terms).
But don’t panic, most English speakers do very well with a vocabulary of around 20,000 words.

English can be fun too. For instance, the music of such stars as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson and Madonna has encouraged fans to speak the language of their idols, whilst others have enrolled in English classes to improve their understanding of the dialogue in films and TV shows.
Or perhaps they have embraced English to enjoy the writing of Stephen King, George Orwell or J.K. Rowling.

They may even have an interest in speaking English just to converse with travellers from other countries, who communicate by using the English global interlingua while travelling abroad.

Finally, if you are studying English at school, college or university, remember that getting an ‘A’ grade in English is almost worthless, in terms of communication, if you cannot speak the language. Spoken English is used in the best careers, the best universities, and is increasingly being used at job interviews. So like it or not, English is a very important language to learn how to speak. Being able to read and write in English is not enough! – Vance Carson, Kajang

The Best Schools in Malaysia

SBT schools / High Performing Schools in Malaysia


More schools accorded SBT recognition


14 more schools have been given the status of high-performance schools, SBT raising the total number of SBT schools to 66 in the country.  

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the status is not confined to mere recognition of the schools but more importantly, to have a positive impact on the achievement of students.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, awarded the SBT recognition and a special allocation the principals and headmasters of the schools at a function in Putrajaya today.

In his speech, he said the high-performance system was implemented to improve the quality of the best schools by raising the performance quality of the institutions of learning.

This include raising the autonomy and accountability levels, besides allowing the schools to carry out innovations in their respective management.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin added the programme is also aimed at producing excellent holistic students, by making these schools the venue to train excellent students of international standard and with towering personalities. 

The 14 schools were given the recognition after showing remarkable achievements, including winning top places in various international contests, such as the Goethe Institute of Germany's essay-writing contest, Singapore's Rugby Barclays Cup and the Asian Youth Inventors Exhibition.

Five schools are in Johor, three in Kedah, two each in Terengganu and Penang and one each in Pahang and Negeri Sembilan.

Credits to  ntv7



High-Performance School in Malaysia (23 new SBT schools in 2011)

The list of 23 school categorised under High Performance School (SBT) 2011 is as follows :

  1. Sekolah Menengah Imtiaz, Terengganu
  2. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Empat, Selangor
  3. Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Perak
  4. Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Gombak, Selangor
  5. Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Kubang Pasu, Kedah
  6. Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Pekan, Pahang
  7. Sekolah Menengah Sains Alam Shah, Kuala Lumpur
  8. Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, Kelantan
  9. Sekolah Menengah Sains Miri, Sarawak
  10. Sekolah Menengah Sains Seri Puteri, Kuala Lumpur
  11. Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  12. Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Abdullah, Pahang
  13. Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar, Johor
  14. Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Ulu Lubai, Sarawak
  15. SK Convent Muar, Johor
  16. SK Seri Biram, Pahang
  17. SK Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin, Kedah
  18. SK Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur
  19. SK (Perempuan) Methodist Kuantan, Pahang
  20. SK Sultan Ismail, Terengganu
  21. SK Jalan Tiga, Selangor
  22. SJK(C) Perempuan China, Pulau Pinang
  23. SJK(C) Lick Hung, Selangor
    
State School
Johor Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar
Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent Muar
Kedah Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Kubang Pasu
Sekolah Kebangsaan Ahmad Tajuddin
Kelantan Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra
Kuala Lumpur Sekolah Menengah Sains Alam Shah
Sekolah Menengah Sains Seri Puteri
Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor
Sekolah Kebangsaan Setiawangsa
Pahang Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Pekan
Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Abdullah
Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Biram
Sekolah Kebangsaan (Perempuan) Methodist Kuantan
Penang Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Perempuan China
Perak Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Sarawak Sekolah Menengah Sains Miri
Sekolah Kebangsaan Ulu Lubai
Selangor Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Empat
Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Gombak
Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Tiga
Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Lick Hung
Terengganu Sekolah Menengah Imtiaz
Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Ismail

ref : http://berryberryeasy.com/2011/03/high-performance-school-malaysia-2011/


The First 20 High Performance School (2010)

These schools were selected based on their outstanding academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and niche areas. The idea behind the classification of high performance school was to create innovation in the management of schools and improve students’ productivity.“These schools will be given the flexibility in their curriculum, student intake and management of staff based on performance.

Whats new in High Performance School ?
  • An annual budget of nearly RM1mil besides allowing students to finish school a year earlier were among the “prizes” awarded to the country’s first ever 20 high performance schools.
  • The principals will also be given the option to select 20% of their student intake.
  • The schools’ management would also have the flexibility to re-assign staff who under-performed, and pay overtime and performance incentives.
  • a Year One pupil of a high performance school, who was academically excellent, could be given the option of skipping a year after consultation with his parents.
  • On the flexibility of the curriculum,  the schools could make changes after a thorough consultation with all involved, including the ministry and parents.
Sekolah berasrama penuh:
1. Sekolah Tun Fatimah (STF), Johor Bahru
2. Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak (SDAR), Seremban
3. Kolej Melayu Kuala Kangsar (KMKK), Perak
4. Sekolah Seri Puteri, Cyberjaya
5. Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim, Kedah
6. Kolej Tunku Kurshiah (TKC), Seremban
7. Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah, Klang
8. Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Syed Putra, Perlis
9. Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya
10. Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah , Melaka
Sekolah menengah harian:
1. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Perempuan Sri Aman, Petaling Jaya
2. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur
3. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultanah Asma, Kedah
4. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (P) St George, Pulau Pinang
Sekolah rendah:
1. Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Bintang utara, Kuala Lumpur
2. Sekolah Kebangsaan Zainab (2) Kota Bharu, Kelantan
3. Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Dr Ismail 1, Kuala Lumpur
4. Sekolah Convent Kota Taiping, Perak
5. Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
6. Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Baru Uda 2, Johor Bahru

reference : http://www.edu-talk.net/2010/01/school/first-20-high-performance-schools-sekolah-berprestasi-tinggi-sbt/

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Trip to PRINCESS CHULABHORN'S COLLEGE , SATUN, THAILAND

PCC students will have assembly every morning.During their first day there, the malaysian students had to introduce themselves, one by one. 
English Lesson - In their first class, they were asked to work in pairs and ask their friends for their personal particulars. Students then were asked to introduce their friends. The next activity was to use wh-words to ask question about a person, and then they had to guess the name of that personality.

Explanation given to the pair of students from Thailand and Malaysia by the English teacher. There are 5 foreign teachers at the moment teachng in PCC, Satun , Thailand...

Algebraic class
Students getting to know each other better in between classes..

This lesson is very interesting... taught by a young foreign teacher from.....


24 form two students from Malaysia were involved in this Student Exchange Programme

Dinner and Lunch were held here, the Science Study Area/ Forum
CLOSING CEREMONY

Performance by Malaysian Students during the closing ceremony


Performance by the M1 students, from PCC ... quite impressive and professional
Dinner during the closing ceremony. on the far right was the Director of Princess Chulabhorn's College, Mr Sorayut Nookua. Beside him, on his right, was the vice Director....



TRIP TO INTERESTING PLACES
Picture of the night market in Satun , Thailand

We went to Wang Sai Thong Waterfalll after climbing the Phuphaphet cave

Mu Ko Phetra National Park. Students were brought here on Wednesday afternoon, after their morning lesson to participate in an Explorace. Here students were divided into many groups and asked to do mind challenging activities

After visiting the waterfall, we stopped by the night market, ... we could find basically everything there, from hairbands to expensive furniture..

a new stalagmite forming.... (below)

The stalagtite and stalagmite found in the cave..



English Lesson - In their first class, they were asked to work in pairs and ask their friends for their personal particulars. Students then were asked to introduce their friends. The next activity was to use wh-words to ask question about a person, and then they had to guess the name of that personality.

THE TEACHERS
From left, Mdm Rosnani, Mdm Aida, 2  Thai teachers, Mdm Norlida

At the phu pha phet cave...















With the PCC students at the children's zoo





Briefing given to all the students and teachers during the trip to The Institute for Southern Thai Studies or actually, the museum....





Facilities found at the zoo.. Muslim Praying House.. What a relief..

Students took their lunch here.. at the zoo



View at the children's zoo , ...


Tourists to the zoo had to board this bus to go to different places to view the shows ...  The zoo was very big so it's not adviseable for the tourist to walk from places to places..









AV room - their classroom for 4 days, before we went to Songkhla and Hatyai on Friday...




Briefings given before the explorace activity at Mu Ko Phetra National Park



In th Phuphaphet Cave, the 7th biggest cave in the world... discovered in 1998 by a monk while looking for a place to meditate