Saturday, January 1, 2011

UMS students Sections 104 & 113, START HERE!

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Hello UMS students of Sections 104 and 113!

Click on the dates to browse the out-of-class materials and related websites

English for Academic Reading and Writing UB00402
Section 104 / Podium 1A
7.00-10.00 PM (Tuesdays)


Oral Communication in English UB00202
Section 113 / Podium C
7.00-10.00 PM (Wednesdays)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

7 Apr - Final Exam (Oral Presentation)


I have decided that the most fair and smoothest format is the MUET-based speaking format. There will be two tasks; Task A and Task B.

Here is the standard instruction sample:

This is how the test will run tonight:
  1. Students will draw lots and be assigned to a new group of 4
  2. Groups will take turn to be assessed similar to MUET format
  3. The group can stay in class and watch their peers perform
  4. Tasks will take up 30 minutes
  5. Students may leave once they are assessed
Please come on time (7 PM) since there are 6 groups to be assessed in 3 hours. NO postponement is allowed. If you miss this test, you will NOT pass the course.

Remember that the most important thing in this test is this. Language is secondary. Use mind-map, QIQS, structure in your presentation and you will definitely earn decent point.

See you!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

31 Mar - Tips, The Apprentice, Analysis of Best Speakers, Polish & Practice

Hello girls and boys,

No. 3 (Analysis of Best Speakers) and 4 (Polish and Practice) are the continuation of our class on 31 March. Follow the sequence of this virtual class and its simple instructions.

 1.  Concise Tips and Tricks
  • Study the slides
  • Summary (click image to enlarge)

2.  Communicative Game (The Apprentice)

3.  Analysis of Best Speakers
  1. Slide 1-6
  2. Slide 7-12
  3. Slide 13-18
  4. Slide 19-24
  5. Slide 25-30
  6. Slide 31-32 
  • Watch Jamie Oliver's TED Prize Presentation at
  • Use slides 9-21 above to guide your analysis.
  • Click the image below to enlarge instruction for video presentations.
  • Alternatively, you can also watch his presentation at YouTube.

  • Next, watch an excerpt of Steve Jobs' MacBook Air in MacWorld 2008 presentation.
  • The analyses of Steve Job's presentation can be found here; one by Forbes and the other by BNET.
  • Lastly, learn some tips in Powerful Speaking The Obama Way by Forbes at YouTube.
4.  Polish and Practice
  1. RP British Accent Training (Part 1) 
  2. RP British Accent Training (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

24 Mar - Forum Presentations

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

23 Mar - APA Citation Format + Paraphrasing + Persuasive Essay

APA Citation Format
  1. Long Island University: APA Citation Style
  2. Mr. M's Progressive Lesson Plan blog: APA References Style

 Writing Persuasive Paragraph
  1. Analyse a persuasive essay in College Reading 4 (pp. 128-132). Look at the margin of the essay and highlight the structure of persuasiveness of the essay
  2. Watch this video: Messages From Water (YouTube)
  3. Based on the persuasive essay that you have read and based the Message from Water video, write a persuasive body paragraph on the relationship of water molecules and power of human mind.
  4. You may include in-text citation or otherwise, you may write a long paragraph or otherwise. It is up to you. But please write a complete body paragraph
  5. Email your paragraph to:
  6. Please include your NAME in your email.
  7. Here are some slides to guide you:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

17 Mar - How to Present in groups, via Forum & Press Conference

  1. Presenting Academic Papers in groups, via Forum & Press Conference PDF slides on Scribd
  2. 25 Years of Oprah Screaming Celebrities Names on Youtube
  3. MTV’s Chat The Planet teasers on
  4. Group Presentation Guideline handout on Scribd

Since we did not arrange presentation sequence (which group presents first or last), I will need you to leave a comment in this entry. Write your name and what number your group would like to be. For example: I am Jane Wong from Group 1 and we would like to be the 3rd presenter. If no one says anything, I decide on Group 1 being the 1st, Group 2 the 2nd, etc.

Thank you.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    16 Mar - Argumentative Essay + Plagiarism

    1. The Fish Bone (skeletal diagram)
    2. Argumentative essay structure coming soon! 
    3. Links on plagiarism

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