Sunday, November 19, 2017

Writing E-mails

Do I need to write this?
It's one of the questions that you need to ask when writing e-mails. In fact, it is a question that you need to ask before doing anything - is there a need for this?

It is important to ask the question because e-mails should be concise and to the point. It shouldn't be superfluous (read: wordy, too many things said, unnecessary information, more than enough). So whatever is said in the e-mail should inform the reader what is important - if you're still scratching your head: why you're writing the e-mail.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reading and Comprehension

Ever wondered why you need to learn to read and write?
Welcome to reality where it isn't always fair. It will be a cruel teacher that teaches you with hard lessons.

If you don't read the terms and conditions in a contract/legal document, you might get an unwelcome surprise if it catches you unawares.

Recently, a letter to The Star newspaper was about children who could get A+ in their SPM 2017 English paper went viral. The writer said that the children didn't read the question properly. They were supposed to write about where they would move to, in another part of Malaysia, if they had the opportunity? The writer said that the students did not read the question properly, and since the section is worth 50 marks, the children shouldn't be severely penalized and only given a 3 marks penalty.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Holiday Writing Prompts

The school holiday is looming closer. 
Some of you may be parents reading this blog, in which case, you might be looking for something for your children to practice during the holidays. Well, look no further. I'll share the holiday writing prompts that I distributed to my students as holiday homework back in 2015.

The purpose of the Holiday Writing Prompts is to allow them to develop their writing skills. Bear in mind that my students have no basic English. I created this booklet so that they could practice writing and use adjectives, nouns and verbs in their work.

It is short and simple. Examples of adjectives, nouns and verbs are given at the beginning of the booklet. An example of an essay using all three components is included at the end of the booklet (I wrote it when I was 14 years old as a hobby).

It doesn't have to be long. Just around 100 words. Some of my students ended up writing around 150 words although there were lots of grammatical error - but I'm glad that they tried!

Who knows? It could help your children too!

Side note: Maybe you're a teacher finding things to plan for future short holidays so you can use this too!

You can download through this link:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8EZLpc3mdADZDBFT0I1WktIRzA




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Correct English Usage When Writing Minutes


Writing minutes is a staple job for secretaries. 
When I studied in secondary school and in university, I was often appointed as the secretary and I also found that secretaries can be rotated for certain tasks in some companies. It is therefore important to brush up on your English Language to make sure that the correct information is recorded. Who knows, you could be the next secretary!

Among the things a secretary should take note on are:

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