Using poems in the English language classroom is nothing new, but to inject some forms of challenge and creativity in the process of delivering them can be intriguing to the learners. So, I started “Creative Poetry Presentation” activity in my class this semester, requiring my learners (coming from different faculties and having different MUET bands), ...

Learning English can be difficult to many, especially when the grammar bit comes into the picture. For every grammar rule, there is almost always an exception. Not only that, sometimes the words can be rather confusing as well, especially when it has multiple meanings that change according to context. However, it’s all these “difficulties” that ...

Kibin.com released an infographic a few months ago, showcasing the opinion of 1,700 online daters regarding the importance of grammar.  43% of the respondents actually stated poor grammar as a major turn-off, reducing the chance for daters to go into serious relationship. 35% actually stated good grammar as sexy.  The inforgraphic is shown below: A ...

Centre for Language Studies UNIMAS welcomes those who are interested to pursue postgraduate studies (via research)relevant to the following fields of specialization: Linguistics/Ethno-linguistics (Particularly Borneo languages) Language Teaching, Language Learning and Language Acquisition Applied Linguistics Literature Literacy ...

I considered myself lucky (though some would say I am crazy) to be given the chance to teach English language to several groups of foreign students at a local university. Not because I get to know students from different countries, but it allows me to cope with diverse challenges in English language teaching. The students ...

Writing academic essays can be rather difficult as it requires some necessary “skills” in ensuring a piece of work remains “academic”. I would like to share a simple model (or guide) that would help you write academically. Of course, this is not “the” model that would transform you into a proficient academic writer overnight. It ...

Now, here’s your chance to win a BlackBerry smartphone! In conjunction with Malaysia Day, TESLMalaysia.com will run the 1Word 1Malaysia Challenge 2011. The contest is simple, think of ONE word that you think best describes Malaysia. Then provide a short a description why the word is the best! It’s all up to your creativity! Oh ...

Process writing approach can be a good way to help beginners in producing an essay. It gives students a systematic structure in organising their ideas. This is a simple worksheet that shows how the process writing approach is used in teaching students guided writing. The topic for the worksheet is The Benefits of The Internet. ...

Using pop song’s lyrics to teach tenses can be a good way to start a grammar lesson especially for beginners. Instead of going straight to the rules, enjoying a song while identifying the pattern could test students’ listening skill as well. I am sharing a simple lesson using U2’s song “I still Haven’t Found What ...

Teaching students to read and write academic texts may be a daunting task and often makes teachers unsure of where to start. Well, if you are teaching average (and below) students, then you might want to start ‘drilling’ them with the most common words used in academic writing. Of course, drilling here means meaningful drill, ...