The outbreak of COVID-19 virus has brought forth the best of humanity among Singaporeans. This selfless spirit we can see among our front-line essential services workers who quietly go about doing their jobs to make Singapore safe. At the same time, we have also seen a minority among us who flout the COVID-19 circuit breaker rules without any regard towards the safety of fellow Singaporeans. This unfortunate development has encouraged us to prepare another COVID-19 lesson package to inculcate in our students to love and care for Singapore and fellow Singaporeans. You can learn more this lesson package here.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted lives. In Singapore, the circuit breaker has been extended to another month and likewise school closure would be extended for the same duration. However, the outbreak presents a valuable opportunity for us to educate in our students important lessons that they can learn from.
With this in mind, we have prepared COVID-19 lesson package for our graduating students where we organise oral activities around the theme Health is Wealth. These oral activities are designed to help our graduating students to build their oral competency to better prepare for the O Level Oral Examinations. You can learn more these activities here.
This week we commemorate the International Friendship Day (IFD). IFD is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. As an island nation amongst many other nations, Singapore must take cognisance of the importance of relating well with nations near and far. Together, we can promote economic growth, social progress, sociocultural evolution while protecting regional peace and stability. This day aims to remind our students of the importance of maintaining good relations with other nations.
We have decided to commemorate IFD in an oral practice for our graduating students amid school closure and the activation of full home-based learning because of the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to underscore the IFD messages through the oral practice. For this purpose, we have choosen the IFD video above as the oral video. The footage of the video was taken from a welcome party for our school’s international students in January this year before the virus grips our country.
We provide students with a sample of descriptive essay pertaining to a theme related to IFD from our Contoh Karangan Untuk Persiapan Peringkat O book. The essay gives students a better understanding about issues foreign students face integrating in Singapore and will help them reflect upon specific examples that may have missed their attention because they did not think much about them. We hope that from the reading of the essay and the oral practice our students will appreciate the importance of relating well with foreign nationals for the benefits of all Singaporeans and the whole world at large.
We share below one of the many exemplary oral recordings sent to us via Dropbox. This particular recording is from Adlina and we awarded her full marks for her oral presentation.
Congratulations to our first recipient of the Kami Pelajar A1 Collectibles!
We are proud to have Atiqah earning her first collectible on Lisan. She scored more than 32/40 for three oral practices consecutively. We hope that the collectible will spur Atiqah on to give her best in the coming oral practices as well as to earn the remaining 11 collectibles for other assessment items for Malay Language O Level Examinations.
Who can forget the jittery during oral examination? Atiqah has mastered our oral strategies and rise above the blistering shivers and sweltering heatwave throughout these oral practices. We are confident that she will do well for the O Level Oral Examination if she continues to give her best for the coming oral practices, insyallah.
Kami Pelajar A1 Collectibles is a our PLT project this year. Through this project we hope to invoke student’s affective domain positively. Student’s affective domain concerns with student’s moods, feelings and attitudes. We believe that if we can invoke student’s affective domain positively, we can unlock their true potential and energy to achieve amazing feat!
You can learn more about our PLT project here. We document our journey so that we can learn how to improve upon how we implement the project in the coming years. That aside, our experiences will be useful for teachers who would like to carry out the same project for their graduating students.
We are in the midst of completing the manuscript of our new book Panduan Bacaan & LIsan Untuk Persiapan Peringkat N & O. We hope to send the manuscript for publication by the end of April and have the books delivered before the June holidays.
This will allow our students to use the books and its complimentary online resources to prepare for the N and O Level Oral Examinations during the June holidays.
If you are keen to pre-order the book for your personal use or for your students, please indicate so here. We will be contacting you once we have received the books.
The book is another MUST-HAVE book for students preparing for the N and O Level Examinations.
The book includes strategy how to read aloud well supported with 20 samples of reading passage each for candidates preparing for the N and O Level Oral Examinations. In addition, you can find strategy how to organise oral content into a coherent and convincing presentation supported with content that covers a variety of topics or themes featured in the Jauhari textbook for Secondary 1 to 4.
Be among the first to own the book!
Finally our Mini Monsters has arrived all the way from the US!
We were waiting for this throughout the school holidays. The wait is now over and it is worth waiting. The final product just looks amazing! We can’t wait to try this teaching and learning aid with our lower secondary classes.
Oh btw, the Mini Monsters is an oral guides we designed to help warm our lower secondary students to our oral strategies. We’ll discuss more about what it can do in the Mini Monsters Oral Guides page in due time.
We have not made our Mini Monsters Oral Guides public by publishing it in The Game Crafter for anyone who would like to buy it but we hope to do that soon and announce it in the Mini Monster Oral Guides page.
If you have any query about about this amazing teaching and learning aid, do drop us an email.
Cikgu, when I’m nervous I forget everything.
All too often we hear this remark from a handful of students who suffer from pre-oral jitters while waiting in the examination hall for their turn to face the oral examiners. The sight of the two oral examiners whom they have not seen before and anticipating their turn in fear not knowing how will they do in front of these strangers is understandable. So how do teachers advice students suffering from pre-oral jitters?
Pre-oral jitter is like stage fright and it hits even a seasoned entertainer. Some students suffer from pre-oral jitters even though they have prepared well for their oral examinations.
Traditionally, we encourage students to get into the habit of reciting the doa Moses was taught when he met Pharaoh every time during oral practices and more so during oral examinations.
My Lord, expand for me my breast (with assurance). And ease for me my task. And untie the knot from my tongue. That they may understand my speech.
Wahai Tuhanku, lapangkanlah bagiku, dadaku. Dan mudahkanlah bagiku, tugasku. Dan lepaskanlah simpulan dari lidahku, supaya mereka faham perkataanku.
This oral doa has a tremendous therapeutic effect to calm students’ nerves and improves their self-confidence during oral examinations. In the past we have seen its impact on students who worked hard but stutter since young. However, they performed well during the national oral exams bagging distinctions.
Nevertheless, there are students who need an additional hands-on approach apart from the oral doa to beat their pre-oral jitters. For these students we provide them each a small container of playdoh (see above). The container is no bigger than a lens of a spectacle that students can easily carry in their pockets. The playdoh is in a set of 12 multicolored short strings.
We advise these students not to look at the examiners while waiting for their turn to be called up by the oral assistant or time-keeper. They should focus instead on working on their playdohs creating objects of their choices. This exercise has two effects on these students; firstly, it distracts them from worry incessantly, and secondly, it triggers them to be creative as their finger their way turning their playdohs into interesting artifacts. This pre-oral exercise will beat any pre-oral jitters and sets students’ minds into problem-solving mode with all the creative juice they have feed their minds with.
I have got my daughter who is a primary school going pupil to buy the playdohs for me from her school bookstore. It costs me only 50 cents each. The playdohs are meant for 1-2 specific students who need the extra help to beat their pre-oral jitters.
Would this work for your students too? Why not send the link to this post to your students’ Whatsapp group chat?
We would like to thank everyone who had visited out booth during the recent 2-day ExcelFest. We are grateful and humbled by your encouraging words and support.
We hope that our sharing continues to generate ideas among us to bring about innovative and effective teaching strategies and resources into our classrooms for the benefit of our students. We are amazed by the extended marketing lifespan of our Saya Boleh Membaca! app and we thank God for this. It is only through His grace that we were able to promote our app on prestigious platforms such as the International Conference Teaching and Leaning with Technology 2018, Innergy (Schools) Award 2018 with a Bronze Medal and ExcelFest 2019. Through these platforms, we were able to share with fellow educators the benefits of our app and encouraged them to use it with their students. Let us ensure that NO students whom we have the pleasure to teach leave us without knowing how to read.
Our promotional video that we played during the Excel Fest.
We commemorate the International Friendship Day this week with the theme Friends Next Door. One of the many learning activities to engage students during the commemoration is to use the video above as an oral resource for lower secondary students.
We prepare lower secondary students for oral examination by familiarizing them with a set of thinking routines to answer a CONNECT and a CHALLENGE questions. A typical CONNECT and CHALLENGE questions are the respective first and second questions usually asked during an oral examination.
A CONNECT question seeks answer that connect to student’s experience as well as an analysis of that experience. A CHALLENGE question on the other hand, presents student with a challenge to solve. Students are expected to mention two categories of problem solver and what they need to do. To elucidate their case, students need to present a personal experience as an example.
For this video, we recommend the following CONNECT and CHALLENGE questions as well as their respective thinking routines. We make use of our Mini Monsters thinking routine cards during our preparatory lessons to prepare lower secondary students for oral examination.
Adakah kamu mempunyai seorang teman sekolah yang berasal dari luar negara. Apakah perkara yang menarik mengenai teman kamu itu?
Saya pernah . . .
Students are expected to describe in 10 sentences details of their experiences using the guide 5W1H (Who, What, Why, Where, When & How).
Saya rasa . . .
Students are expected to give two contrasting emotions to give a balance response, and explain why.
Saya berpendapat . . .
Students are expected to give the goodness/advantage and evil/disadvantage of what they have gathered, and explain why.
Saya belajar . . .
Students are expected to present what they have learnt “to do” and “not to do”, and explain why.
Nilai yang boleh digarap adalah . . .
Students are expected to give two values related to their experiences.
Bagaimana boleh kita mengalakkan para pelajar untuk mudah membuat kawan dengan teman sekolah yang berasal dari luar negara?
Kenapa Soalan Ditanya
Soalan ini ditanya kerana . . .
Students are expected to give two reasons why the question is asked to indicate that they are familiar with the issues related to the question.
Pertama dan utama, ibu bapa boleh . . .
Parents are the first category of problem solver. Students are expected to indicate what can parents do and elucidate their case with a personal experience as an example.
Kedua dan sama penting, pihak sekolah boleh . . .
School is the second category of problem solver. Students are expected to indicate what can their schools do and elucidate their case with a personal experience as an example.
Our Mini Monsters thinking routine cards is a prototype, and we are collecting feedback from teachers and students alike how to improve them further. Perhaps in a future post we will talk more about them and share in more details how we use them during our lesson.
Students need guidance to improve their oral content and organization. For this purpose, we have provided guides in our oral apps to help students do well in their oral examinations. In the video above, these Secondary Four Normal Academic students made use of the guides in our oral apps to improve their oral content and organization.
Our apps Lisan 1, Lisan 2, Lisan 3 and Lisan 4 cover all the respective topics in the Jauhari textbooks, and are available free for android phones and tablets. Apart from the guides, students have access all the oral videos and questions related to the respective topics in the Jauhari textbooks. In addition, the apps help students to make an informed guess of the oral questions that the examiners may ask while they wait for their turn to be called for oral examination.
Please check out the apps below. We hope that you and your students will find the apps useful.