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Johor State English Language Conference 2018

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10 – 12 April 2018
M Suites Hotel
Johor Bahru

“Enhancing English Language Teaching And Learning In Rapidly Changing Times”

Alhamdulillah, I conducted my workshop “I’m Game! : Engaging 21st Century Teachers and Learners” successfully. This was my second time presenting for this conference where I presented at the 2nd Johor English Language Conference back in 2011.  I wasn’t able to join the opening ceremony as I was conducting PT3 Oral Test at school and I rushed after school to conduct my workshop. Glad they find it engaging and useful. That’s the main reason why I make time for sharing albeit my hectic schedule, to share the little knowledge and experience I have with others.

Congrats to JELTA for organising a top-notch conference for free. This conference featured many distinguished speakers with excellent credentials.  I do not know how you could pull it off but it takes great leadership and stellar collaboration to execute it well. Congrats to Mr. Vincent D’Silva for an excellent conference. Thank you for inviting me. Kudos to M Suite Hotel for being the main sponsor for this conference. The venue is amazing and your stellar support in upholding the English Language excellence in this country and beyond is highly commendable.

Enclosed is the link to my workshop’s presentation slide. Do check it out!

 


Johor Bahru English Language Debate Competition 2018

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This year is the first time we’re sending a team to participate in the district level English Language debate competition. To me, our main objective is to give exposure to students as well as boost their self-esteem in debating and voicing their viewpoints. I always believe we need to provide platform for students to explore their potentials and shine! I am proud of my students for trying their best and I am sure this is not the end of their debating experience.

I was the Chief Judge for the final round where SIGS met SSI. The motion is “this house will bring all oil and gas companies into public ownership.” Both teams did brilliantly and debated with finesse. Congrats SIGS and all the best for the state competition.


K-NOVASI 2018

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I’m humbled to be invited by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to be the jury, Nano Workshop presenter (Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in 21st Century Classroom) & Bicara 4.0 presenter (Emotional Intelligence for the Digital Age) at K-NOVASI 2018. At first, it was nerve wrecking as the others are accomplished scholars but I perceive this as an opportunity to share diversified perspectives & experiences of the education realm. Just give your best in everything you do. Do check out the recorded presentation of my TED-style talk.


The Social Learning Conference 2017

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I presented the paper I co-wrote with my supervisors, Prof. Rose Alinda Alias & Nakanishi sensei on “MOOC as the learning platform for new academia ecosystem and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” in the Learning Conference 2017 at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Thanks you OpenLearning for the sponsorship. A great learning experience.


 


Lost for words? Cool websites to teach and learn vocabulary

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One of the main challenges for students in writing is lack of vocabulary, specifically in describing an object or situation. I’d like to share two cool websites that anyone can use to assist them in describing words more effectively. For teachers, you can facilitate the students to choose suitable words from the list of websites provided. However, they can be helpful for independent learning as well. Hope it helps!

  1. Describing Words ( http://describingwords.io/)

I like this website as it would be useful for anyone from beginner to advance as we might need a bit of vocabulary nudge to describe a person/thing/situation. Just key in the word and voila! You’ll get as many as 100 possible words! The end-user can customize the answers based on usage frequency or uniqueness.

2. Vocabulary.comhttps://www.vocabulary.com/)

Say goodbye to the boring way of learning and remembering new words! Vocabulary.com emphasizes contextual learning where learners understand the meaning and context of the words rather merely memorizing it. It teaches you words by systematically exposing you to a wide array of question types and activities by embedding the elements of games and quizzes. Not sure how to test your students’ understanding on the novel/text you’re teaching? Paste up to 100 pages of text into the box and  a learning activity will be generated for you to assign to your students. Do check it out!