Monthly Archives: April 2016

Infographic Design

Hi everyone, today I wanna share with all of you new knowledge that I gained from previous class. Which’s ‘Infographic’. First of all, do you know what is an infographic?

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According to WhatIs.com, an infographic (information graphic) is a representation of information in a graphic format designed to make the data easily understandable at a glance. People use infographics to quickly communicate a message, to simplify the presentation of large amounts of data, to see data patterns and relationships, and to monitor changes in variables over time.

In previous class, Dr. Rose taught us on how to design/ create an infographic by introducing some websites that can create infographic design. There are:

  • Piktochart
  • Canva
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Piktochart: Most popular among the other infographic websites.

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Canva: Another alternative to design your own infographic.

Both have their own specialities. They provide some free templates and you can upgrade you account to premium in order to get access to other amazing templates as well. It all depends on you to choose which one you prefer the most.

As for me, I would go for Piktochart. Below is my infographic design 🙂

 

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Kungfu Panda 3 in ESL

Mei-mei.pngHello everyone, I am Mei Mei. so today I wanna share with all of you about Kungfu Panda 3 movie. WAIT! Do you know who am I? Are you sure? How about…

“I. am. Mei Mei. Wowww she is amazing. She is so beau-ti-fulll. That’s sweet Po. But please try to save all other compliments until after the performance.”

Okay that’s enough. Let’s get back to our discussion. Like I mentioned earlier, today I wanna share with you my experiences watching this UHHHmazing movie with my classmates. Yes! with all my classmates.

First and foremost, I like Dr. Rose’s idea by bringing all of us to watch this movie @WangsaWalk. Thank you so much for that. It’s something rare for a lecturer to bring all of her students and watch this movie together. Of course we have to do some tasks/review after that. I don’t mind with that.

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Frankly speaking, this is a good movie to watch. With a witty dialogue, kid-friendly humor, and plenty of moral values in this movie such as do not give up, believe in yourself, love your family, and much more. Even this is a cartoon movie, indirectly teachers can inculcate such values or lessons within the students.

In addition, this movie is suitable for all ages. Whether primary or secondary students. Even some parents also like this movie after they bring their kids to the cinema. So, there is no problem showing this movie in language classroom (ESL).

Do you know that teachers can use movies in the classroom? But, as teacher, he/she should choose a suitable movies with a lot of lessons/values for their students. In fact, there are some benefits of using movies or anything related with the ICT inside classrooms than the drawbacks. Some of them are:

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Benefits;

  • Easy to understand by looking at the visuals.
  • Improve pronunciation and accent. For instance, ask the students to focus on how the characters in the movie utter or pronounce their words or sentences correctly.
  • Flexible teaching aids. The teacher can stop, start and rewind the movies and challenge students to predict the outcome, elaborate, and much more.
  • Foster cultural interest and social engagement among the students.
  • Students can experience worlds beyond their own, especially if the movies are different from their local environment.

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Drawbacks;

  • Time consuming. For instance, to get the students to be in the media room may roughly take more than 10-15 minutes. Other than that, connection problems, downloading issues, and other difficulties can cause road blocks when implementing a lesson in the technology-based classroom.
  • The availability of media room. Teacher should make sure that the media room is not occupied during that time, or better the teacher reserves the media room beforehand.
  • Hard to understand the dialogue. Especially movies with a strong British accent. Low-proficiency students might have problem with this, unless the teacher provides subtitles for the movie.

 

Furthermore, there are plenty of thing that teachers can do to assign to students when using this movie for teaching English.

  1. Act-it-out and guess the character. Randomly pick one student and ask him/her to act his/her favorite character from the movie, and ask the rest of the students to guess the name of the character.
  2. Character descriptions. Ask the students to pay attention throughout this movie, list down the characteristics of major and minor characters, and ask some questions to the students.
  3. List down alien words and find the meaning and after that share with the whole class.
  4. List down moral values from this movie.
  5. Discus and debate. Maybe the teacher can raise a few issues from this movie and asks the students to discuss about the issues together.
  6. Identify the plot (for literature class). Briefly identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion from this movie
  7. Write a short essay about this movie. Something like a review from students’ perspective.
  8. Order the events. After watching this movie, ask the students to briefly ‘recap’ or tell the story back to their classmates. This is to make sure whether the students pay attention or not.

In a nutshell, it all depends on the teachers, whether they want to use ICT in the classroom or not. If they want to use it, they have to prepare and consider a few things before the lesson. Once in a while, teachers should bring ICT in the classroom.

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Vietnam Delegation

Last two weeks, we had fun with the Vietnam delegation. We did a lot of things together such as dancing, playing traditional games and much more. We get the opportunity to watch cultural performances from them as well. In addition, they also introduced  a little bit about their city, university & faculty of Vietnam, and so on.

BEFORE the actual day:

Since my group was in charge of Ting Ting/hopscotch (one of the traditional games in Malaysia), so we decided to create our own tutorial video on how to play Ting Ting in order to show to the Vietnam delegation. We choose CAC as our venue to shoot and record videos and we prepared all things needed for Ting Ting games. For instance, a recording tape, laptop, masking tapes (to draw the line/square, as well as the beanbag.

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We agreed to meet on Sunday evening at CAC because everyone was free on that day. I think CAC is one of the best places in IIUM. 

You can see our video here: (VIDEO) Traditional game: Ting Ting.

DURING the day:

Around 12.30pm, the representatives from this delegation introduced a little bit about Vietnam and then they did a group performance and sang a song entitled ‘Hello Vietnam’. After that, they watched traditional Malaysian dance from Kulliyah of Education, which was Zapin.

Other than that, this delegation also performed Vietnamese folk songs entitled ‘Floating Water Ferns & Wandering Clouds, as well as Tieng Viet. Tieng Viet is a song in Vietnamese language.

After all these performances, we played  traditional games such as Batu seremban, Ting Ting/hopscotch, and Galah Panjang. However, due to time constraint, we managed to play batu seremban and Ting Ting only. Amazingly, these students from Vietnam, they were familiar with these two games, but they did not called it as batu seremban and Ting Ting. They have their own name for both games.

Long story short, after all the performances and playing traditional games, this delegation disperse for a campus tour to visit interesting places in IIUM.