Friday, September 11, 2009



LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME: 70 minutes

AIMS: At the end of the lesson, students should be able to
  1. to locate information on the website
  2. to transfer information to the given worksheet
  1. PC (3 students per PC)
  2. Internet Connection
  3. Web Browser
  1. Prepare worksheets
  2. Check PCs and Internet connection are working before lesson
WEBSITE: Any search engines


Set Induction
  1. Teacher asks students about their favorite foods from other country
  2. Teacher recaps previous lesson
  3. Teacher explains to students the aims of the lesson
  4. Teacher asks students to get into a group of 3 people - 1 PC per group
Task 1
  1. Teacher explains Task 1. Using any search engine students have to locate the given cuisines listed to the country of origin. Students also have to list the main ingredients of each cuisine.
  2. Teacher distributes Task Sheet 1
  3. Teacher teaches students how to use the search engine -
  4. Students are allwoed to disscuss with their friends while fill in the answer
  5. Meanwhile, teacher assists any groups that appear to have problem
Teacher discusses the answer with students

Follow Up Activity
Teacher asks students to choose any one of the listed cuisines and write an e-mail to their friends about the dish. Students have to e-mail their work before the next English class.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

In-Class Task : Hypertext


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His father was Chief Henry Mandela of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand and qualified in law in 1942. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He went on trial for treason in 1956-1961 and was acquitted in 1961.
After the banning of the ANC in 1960, Nelson Mandela argued for the setting up of a military wing within the ANC. In June 1961, the ANC executive considered his proposal on the use of violent tactics and agreed that those members who wished to involve themselves in Mandela's campaign would not be stopped from doing so by the ANC. This led to the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe. Mandela was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment with hard labour. In 1963, when many fellow leaders of the ANC and the Umkhonto we Sizwe were arrested, Mandela was brought to stand trial with them for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. His statement from the dock received considerable international publicity. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town; thereafter, he was at Pollsmoor Prison, nearby on the mainland.
During his years in prison, Nelson Mandela's reputation grew steadily. He was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.

Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. After his release, he plunged himself wholeheartedly into his life's work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after the organization had been banned in 1960, Mandela was elected President of the ANC while his lifelong friend and colleague, Oliver Tambo, became the organisation's National Chairperson.

Friday, August 28, 2009


Citation : Bearden, Kriti. & Hinkle, Verilette. (2006). The Impact of Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) of Literary Genres on Student Achievement, Student Attitudes, and Teacher Perceptions. Action Research Exchange, Volume 5, Number 1. Retrieved August 15th , 2009, from

Title : The Impact of Computer-Based Instruction of Literary Genres on Student Achievement, Student Attitudes, and Teacher Perceptions

Journal-Volume : Action Research Exchange, Volume5, Number 1.

Author: Kristi Bearden is a media specialist at Kilough Elementary School (KES) in Dawsonville, Georgia, where she has held the position since the schools opening in 2001. She has taught in the Dawson County School System for nine years. In 1997, Kristi added on middle grades education and taught 6th grade Science at Dawson County Middle School (DCMS).

Verilette Hinkle is an associate professor at Valdosta State University. She has 34 years of education experience.

The Summary

This research article by Kristi Bearden and Verilette Hinkle discussed the impact of CBI on student attitudes, teacher perceptions, and student achievement. Using 23 fifth grade students at rural, public elementary school in North Georgia, this research took place during 55 – minute classes over a 9- day period. Methods used to collect data needed were through the literary genres post-test, post-intervention attitude survey and students interview. This research finding revealed that CBI is successful in lengthening students’ attention span, help them remember information, and allowed them to learn at their own pace. Also, teachers participated in this research found that CBI was fun and appropriate educational resource for teaching literary genres. In term of the student achievement it can be well said that students’ achievement in literature area improved after the intervention.

The Review

Since the beginning of my encounter with literature it becomes my least favorite component of English. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the works of all the creative people it’s just I don’t get all the literary terms and maybe because of the boring approach used by my teachers. Yes, this research caught my attention as I don’t want to be the teacher who jeopardized her students’ interest in literature and this research has recommendation on how not to be one – use CBI in your lesson. I would say that this research is well conducted. Even though this research only took place for nine days at selected school, both researchers managed to use up every opportunity they could get their hands on collecting all the data needed for this research. All data were collected from the classroom teacher observation, student interviews, teacher journal, student attitude surveys and literary genres achievement pretest and posttest.

This research provides strong evidence on how CBI impacts the teaching and learning process of the participants. Teaching and learning approach of ESL should be FUN and not parrot like. The time has come for all the teachers to use ICT as part of their lesson. What’s the point of having computer lab IF it was not used for the teaching and learning process? Many studies have found the benefit of CBI in classroom – self learning, increase motivation, student centered etc. Teacher can create a game like activities that involves pictures, color and music that will surely arouse/get the students’ attention. Using computer as part of the lesson does not mean that the teacher has to develop his/her own courseware. A simple Microsoft Word task sheet, Microsoft Excel task sheet and Power Point presentation could do the same good job as the commercial courseware does. Technology is invented to make your life easier and interesting. So teachers should take this advantage and implement it in their lesson apart from improving their ICT skills.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

First Post

Dear reader,

My proud parents have given me a really nice name -Ismi Safia Adila Ibrahim. However, ever since I can remember, Ismi is the most used name.This blog is part of my learning journey of TSL641, a subject taken for my Degree..Enough with the rambling and lets start with the main reason of the FIRST IN-CLASS TASK of TSL 641.

Question 1: What computer software you know how to utilize?
  • Microsoft Office -Words for my assgments, Power Point for my presentation, Excel for my AE, and Publisher used during my Pre Degree TESL for my group's THE BUZZ publication (newletter).

  • Ares - Downloading illegal songs and movies

  • Anti-Virus - to protect the health of my PC

  • Corel - Edit photos
Question 2: What computer hardware skills and knowledge do you have?
ermmm...I only know how to asemble and switch it on..Formating,servicing the computer and other technical stuff the answer is No because I let the expert handles it.

Question 3: What computer / Internet activities do you oftenly engaged in? e.g download songs, upload videos.
Computer for me is the tool used to
  • connect with my friends through Facebook or Friendster or Yahoo Messenger,

  • do my assignments

  • play games

  • listen to music and watch movie

  • look for knowledge and new ideas

  • Edit pictures

  • Organize my collection of photos,music and movie
Question 4 :Did you have the opportunity to use the computer in your teaching during your practicum?
Yes i have, I used Power point to teach them Literature component.

Question 5: Have you participated in any online learning? e.g via educational websites?
As far as I remember, I dont think I've participated in any online learning. But during my practicum I often used educational website to gather idea for my lesson plans and exercise for my students.