Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Assalamualaikum and Hello Dr Burn!

Here goes my second entry, which is about teaching and learning experience in using technology. In term of self learning experience, being a TESL student, there’s a lot of novels that I have to read especially during literature class. To be really honest, I don’t really like to read any classic novels such as Macbeth and The Awakening (which is supposed to be a compulsory reading materials to read on as a TESL student). 

As a solution, I ended up watching movies/videos based on the novel that I found from the internet (Youtube to be precise). I found out that it is a lot easier, which I can identify all the characters, settings and other elements that involved in the novel by just watching the videos/movies without even have to read the novel at the first place.(Hehe)

Next, in term of teaching experience in using technology, I do have several issues in classroom where I managed to overcome the problems by adapting and integrating the use of technology in my lesson plan. In a real classroom setting especially in sub urban area, teaching literature component such as short stories and novels is isn't easy. Most of the students don’t really like to read all the literature books that they are supposed to read (I guess it's karma. Been there that that. Haha). I was assigned to teach two form 4 classes and unfortunately none of them have read the book. In this situation, it is hard for me to conduct the class as they literally don’t know anything about the literature component especially for novel. So I've decided to search for any videos on Youtube based on the target novel and let them watch it together in the classroom.

 Amazingly, as the result, most of the students managed to answer their literature questions well even though they did not read the book at all. I guess the videos shown managed to grab their attention and it is easier for them to remember the storyline and other literary devices because they watch and listen to the videos at the same time. It is a great personal achievement for me because not to mention, apart from they don’t even read the novel at the first place, they are also from the last class with low level of proficiency in English.

That is all for now.

Thank you :)

Assalamualaikum and Hello!

First, as what you told us to do, I will briefly introduce myself. My name is Nur Hanisah Safian and I was born in Gerik, Perak on 26 January 1989. I am currently undergoing my 3rd semester and hopefully it would be my final semester. To be honest, juggling between studying and working  at the same time is not easy as I just got posted in about 2 months ago where else I was a full time student before that (which is during my 1st and 2nd semester).

My first experience with technology would be the first ever computer that my parents bought back then.

something similar to this. Haha

 I was 7 years old on that time and as far as I remember, it was a big white Dell’s computer. For the first 2 weeks, I was really amazed by the capability of the computer where we can actually connect with other people around the world (HAHA). I spend a lot of time chit chatting in a chat group (mlrc) and sometimes got scolded because of it. (HAHA). In addition, my sister was in Dublin Ireland on that time and I used to contact her via yahoo messenger for 27 hours. In a way, I was addicted to it and it and become too attached with technology.

It is still fresh in my mind, the feeling  on how happy I am to be able to know  lots of things about internet/computer compared to most of my friends, whom at that time still not use to it *slap!*

In fact, I did invite some of my friends to come to my house just to show how mlrc, yahoo messenger works. *double slap*! 

But hey, bear in mind, I was just an innocent 7 years old kid! Haha

That is all for now, till then!

Thanks :)