Monthly Archives: April 2011

Final Semester , Final Ramblings, Bye bye!

Times flies. Only when the train is almost reaching to the destination, then somehow we learn how to appreciate and cherish the moment. If you are given a chance, do you wish to go back foundation years and study all over again? I asked myself. Enough. I am exhausted. I don’t want to study anymore. Do you? Saying that I don’t want to study anymore do not imply that I will stop learning. Some of my ex-classmates even ask me: ‘You come out and become headmaster is it?’ 6 years. Oh boy, that is very long period. Some of them even get married. I guess by the time I come out to work, they already have grandsons or granddaughters. (Exaggerating) As for me, pretty princess need to pay very high price.

Getting selected to study TESL course is a calling. Becoming an educator is a calling. The job of a teacher is very challenging. I ask some of my friends, ‘Do you still want to further studies in master or perhaps PhD.?’ Those say YES really inspired me. As for me for the time being, I can only tell you that, ‘I will be a teacher forever’. I remember my ex-primary school teacher told me, ‘Once a teacher, forever a teacher’. The future is yet unknown. What qualities should the teacher of English in future possess? Do I have these qualities? What can I do about it? Those questions are very good questions to reflect on every day. My pronunciation is quite sucks. I remembered I pronounced Mosque as ‘Most queue’ during my foundation years for Language Description course. Every moment I still keep learning. I am a slow walker, but I will never walk backward in improving my language.

Coming from Chinese background, I don’t really expose to English language until I make a first step to Teacher’s Training College. Enid Blyton books? I only knew it when Miss Grace taught me this course, ‘Teaching Reading in ESL classroom. There are many ways I try to improve my English- speaking, writing, reading, listening, eating, drinking, dancing, singing, sleeping, and yada yada yada.  Not for the purpose to make English language looks superior to others. It’s all about three questions that I asked earlier. As I drunk in the realm of improving my proficiency, my national language gets deteriorated slowly. I believe this problem can be restored through practicing the language frequently. Studying TESL make me realized that English is very important. Through reading materials in English, I get an opportunity to know new information that I have not known before. Slowly I realized that English is already embedded in me.

With regards to the final semester, I look at it this way, is a form of reinforcement. ICT in ESL classroom? I thought is the same just like Technology in ESL classroom? I see it as a form of reinforcement. WordPress? I thought is just like Windows Live Space? I see it as a form of reinforcement. Final semester? I perceive it as positive reinforcements of pedagogy, methodology, belief, and so on. The root of blogging actually comes from keeping a diary. Diary is a very personal and not meant to be shared. Somehow, I remember one of my childhood friends told me keeping a diary is more towards feminine. If you are thinking like this friend of mine, you have to work on casting out your prejudice towards sexism. However, when a personal thingy like ‘diary’ made into assessment, it somehow defeats the authenticity of the blogging itself. Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Miss. Ng and Miss Marsyitah for imparting the knowledge of ICT, and not to forget to all my friends who take time to read and make comments. I see this as a platform for me to hook up on my writing skill. Most importantly, the most valuable lessons I can bring back for going through 6 years moulding and training are get hooked on reading, get hooked on writing, and learn how to reflect.

Could it be my last entry for Affirmative. Reason is let say  I have a Ferrari car, out of a blue  I get caught up in traffic jam, so I am not able to maximize my fastest car performance. Perhaps thinking to open new advent of WordPress that no one knows, and journaling my process of learning. Only infinitely deity listens to my reflection. That’s matter. That’s enough.  It is pretty amazing to write your heart out to God, then go back later and see how God met you in the midst of your questions, needs and hopes. Just like how people snap photos for keeping the greatest memories. We forget things easily, one of the human weaknesses, that’s why behaviorism is mother of all learning theories. Last but not least, TSE BEH TLLA (Read backward) to Cohort 4 brothers and sisters in your future. Keep in touch on ‘ mukabuku ’ Oh boy…I shall consider to open one soon. I end my final post with two music videos. The first music video is ‘Graduation’ and the second music video is  ‘分享’ pronounced as fen xiang. It means sharing. Adios.


Mr. Gomez’s Last Lecture


Now for you, it is all coming to a close,

Ending of an unique phase of your lives,

With new beginnings just round the corner,

Teachers! Cohort Four! Freshly minted!

Energetic, eager young teachers of English,

Awaiting eagerly your first postings, first salaries too,

Conscious of high expectations, graduates in primary schools,

Hearing the loud call to make a difference.

English teaching will indeed be challenging,

Raising standards demands professionalism, and

Sustained commitment to caring, respecting, responding and knowing.


I have been there.

I too, was once a new teacher.

So I wish you, Cohort 4, from the bottom of my heart,

The very, very best that life can offer you.

By Antony Gomez

The above is a poem and note from Mr. Gomez to Cohort 4. I also like one of his particular lectures especially on becoming a language educator.This lecture answered my question pretty well. In the beginning of the class, he asked all of us to ask him questions and expectation of the course. If I have not mistaken, one of my questions is ‘How do you sustain the passion of teaching?’ In the blink of an eye, today is his last lecture. This is the best ever class that I experienced throughout my journey of 6 years training. Mr. Gomez is not only a language educator, but also a superman. Thank you for your wisdom. May God bless you.

Lecture: Becoming a language educator

Becoming a language educator is a choice of career that requires you to be a lover. The career of an educator is a human embedded calling.


a)A teacher who concentrates on the content without being concerned with the human environment is an instructor.

b)A teacher who is aware that he is concerned with person through the subject is an educator.


Becoming a language educator require acquisition of values. “Values are hard to teach, they have to be caught.” In this course, these values are presented through poems, stories, films, and other writings.

3.The Materials

(i)Student Masterpieces

(ii)Sandra Enos article: The importance of relationship and the character of the teacher.

(iii)Film: Freedom writers

(iv)Poems: “ I liked To Ask The Questions” and“Memories of My First Day”

(v)Narrative: “We are the Retards”

(vi)Poem: Unloved stories: A poem for Two Voices

(vii)Song: Children Learn What They Live

(viii)What is dialogue? Creating meaning together

(ix)Short story: The Teacher (Powerful story)

(x)The good listener/ the bad listener/Listening test

4.All these can be summed up through Erich Fromm’s (Psychologist) analysis of love in his book, ‘Art of loving’

What is his basic premise? What is love? 4 closely interrelated qualities.

a)Care: The capacity to protect, provide, and nurture

Mostly unconditional acts of assistance to those who are in no position to defend for themselves. The ideal carers: Parents

b)Caring must go together with Respect. Lack of Respect leads to prejudice. Prejudice can be defined as seeing differences in others as weakness which is sign of security.

Types of prejudice:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Ageism (two types) –Old people is useless. Young people is inexperienced
  • Classism –status consciousness

c)Responsiveness – The capacity to respond (nodding) appropriately during interaction. You can be over helpful- giving solutions too quickly.

d)Knowledge- Our knowledge of each other is constantly changing as we and other change or is responsive to the situations and roles we find ourselves in. Who am I is the result of person you met.


Teacher burnout. How to avoid? LOVE. The need to grow as a teacher.Three growth interests:

a)Knowledge of Subject

b)Knowledge of Matters

c)Knowledge of Students.

Latest Teaching on Alphabet

Thank God A is still Apple!

Tough road before I fly!

Urban Ninja

Below are the lists of assignments that are still working-in-progress and to be due within 3 weeks . I am very happy and relief that these are the final assignments throughout my 6 years training as a ‘Professional farmer’. I pray that WordPress won’t be hacked or close down. As I look back these assignments when I am 100 years old if God’s willing, I can only use my magnifier and laugh out loud till roll down on the floor and ask, ‘Did I study all these?’

1. Comparative Religion: Write-up on beautiful Creation stories from Christianity and Islam.   Does Religion and Science opposed to each other?

2. ICT in the ESL Classroom: 9 lesson plans, 3 different scenarios, must involve ICT tools.

3. Future Studies in the ESL Classroom: Scrapbook + Presentation + Write-up

4. Issues and Challenges in Teaching Primary Mathematics: Action Research

And the last battle of war/date of exams or let me call this: Fun learning brain exercise to lower the affective filters.

5. ICT in the ESL Classroom: 12th of April 2011

6. Issues in the Teaching of English in Primary School: 18th of April 2011

7. Issues and Challenges in Teaching Primary Mathematics: 25th of April 2011

8. Comparative Religion: 4th of May 2011

9. Future Studies in the ESL Classroom: 12th of May 2011

10. Balik kampung tanam jagung, tomato, padi, sayur, dan buah-buahan:

18th of May 2011 (Hooray!)