We include here our collection of other resources that we have organised according to resources that support the teaching of our writing strategies, resources that are useful for formative assessment, infographics that encapsulate many of our teaching strategies, ideas for rentas cipta activity, resources that facilitate O level candidates’ application in the Early Admission Exercise into Polytechnic (EAE), and lastly a shout-out to innovative and creative teaching practices by Malay Language teachers within the teaching fraternity.
Our resources that support the teaching of our writing strategies predominantly are videos that we produced for assembly programmes that commemorate National Education events as well as those that were submitted as students’ entries for video competitions. We also include exemplary students’ essays as useful guides to standards that we set for our students. These essays too serve as evidence that our students are indeed capable of writing excellent pieces if we present to them effective writing strategies and work on improving our teaching practices. And finally, we share our Start Right Programme that occupies a portion of the end of the year school holidays to give our Secondary 3 Express and Out of Stream (OOS) students a head start before they begin Secondary 4 and prepare for their Malay Language O Level Examinations in June.
We share some sections of our manuscript of the book Panduan Bacaan & Lisan Untuk Persiapan Peringkat N & O and organize them in a series of meaningful oral activities. These oral activities are designed to help our graduating students to build their oral competency to better prepare for the O Level Oral Examinations. They are organized according to themes like Customs & Culture and form part of our School’s Mother Tongues Fortnight Programmes. Other themes include Health is Wealth and Patriotism Towards Singapore. These themes are part of our COVID-19 learning package to educate our students on important lessons that they can take from the outbreak of the virus in Singapore. We have also the theme on Achieving One’s Dream (Menggapai Impian) where we assist our students to think about what career they are passionate about to guide them when applying for courses during the Early Admission Exercise (EAE) into the polytechnic. Finally, we also have the theme Social Integration of Foreigners in Singapore to commemorate the International Friendship Day celebrations and at the same to underscore the importance in our students that they participate actively to help their peers from abroad to integrate well with life in Singapore. To complete these oral resources, we advise graduating students on how to keep the oral jitters at bay when they sit for their N & O Level Oral Examinations.
We make use of note-making strategies to engage our students in formative assessment. We learned these strategies from Rick Smith when he was invited to hold a two-day workshop in our school. You’ll find the note-making strategies that we share useful. You are likely to get some resistance from your students in the beginning. However, if you persist and make note-making a regular feature in all your lessons, they will warm to the strategies in no time. Good luck!
The collection of infographics that we have were produced as we were working towards finalizing our teaching strategies. We still apply some of the information there in our teaching strategies, but there are others that we have since updated. Nevertheless, they are still good and useful. Over the years, we have received requests from teachers who would like to own soft copies of these infographics. If you like to have them too in soft copies, please drop us an email.
We share a video produced by a group of students who adapted the Badang story into the 21st century. It was our attempt to expose and get our students interested in Malay folklore (cerita rakyat). What better way than to get them engaged in a rentas cipta lesson with a video as the performative product. Many of our students are familiar with the use of technology and media that the task we gave just seemed like an afternoon outing in the park for them!
The samples of EAE write-ups we have shared have benefitted many graduating students who are preparing for their O level examinations. This is expected because the write-ups are authentic as they were originally students’ write-ups that we had helped them to write. These students were invited for EAE interview . Many of them cleared the interview and are now pursuing their dream courses in polytechnics of their choices. We knew that these write-ups will be a useful resource and we are heartened to learn that many Malay Language teachers have directed their graduating students to our website for help to write their EAE write-ups. In addition, we also bring to attention the misunderstanding among students and educators alike with regards to the Early Admission Exercise (EAE) into Polytechnic and the Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) applications that have given polytechnic-junior college conundrum a new lease of life. This we do by scrutinizing the information presented in the polytechnic EAE website and the MOE’s JAE 2020 booklet. It is important to address possible misinformation that arises from wrongly understanding this information.
We support efforts towards building cross-cultural understanding and our contribution to this cause is a Hari Raya video that is meant to build cultural understanding towards Hari Raya celebrations and the etiquettes to follow when visiting Muslim homes during Hari Raya. We showed this video during assembly a few years ago and it received good reviews. The video continues to be a useful resource for the purpose it was created. Teachers are welcome to use them for teaching and learning.
Lastly, our shout-out page is meant to shine the spotlight on innovative and creative teaching practices Malay Language teachers employ in their classrooms. If you blog about what you do in class and would like us to give a shout-out to interesting ideas that you bring into your teaching, or if you come across anything interesting shared by other teachers in their blogs and would like to bring them to the attention of other teachers, do drop us an email too. We will be more than happy to give out a shout-out. Likewise, do give a shout-out to what we are doing here to everyone connected to the teaching and learning of Malay Language that you know. We appreciate that a lot!