Video games and learning~

I have uploaded a video to YouTube regarding how learning and video games are coherent and how they compliment each other! It’s very interesting!

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Education the key to unity, says Muhyiddin

Source: http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/9yin/Article/.

KUALA LUMPUR: Raising the quality of education will eliminate conflicts and prejudices in the future, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.

He said education had been used to address the problem of economic disparity among races, ease ethnic tension and had played an important role in nation building and national unity.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said children of all races were united under the national school system which not only used Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction but also offered Mandarin and Tamil as elective subjects.

“This, of course, provides greater opportunity for the children of all races to learn these two important languages,” he said in his address at the 4th Malaysian Student Leaders Summit organised by the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC).

“We hope that parents of all races will make our national schools as the school of first choice for their children.”

He added that managing a multiracial country needed a lot of wisdom and a fine balance should be achieved between serving the interest of each ethnic community and the interest of the nation.

“Sometimes, excessive demands by one ethnic community invite hostile response from other communities.

“This exchange demands and hostile response will, of course, strain our ethnic relations and put national unity at stake. The two-day summit saw more than 300 participants from universities in Malaysia, Europe, Australasia and the United States.

At an earlier forum on press freedom, NSTP group managing editor Datuk Zainul Arifin Mohammed Isa said the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 should be repealed.

He said the enforcement of such laws had caused the government to be repeatedly criticised. “Why keep a law that is effectively ineffective? In reality the government cannot implement the act fully because of the existence of alternative (online) media,” he said.

He said Malaysia had ranked very poorly in the Press Freedom Index last year because of the existence of such laws and not due to the practices of some media. Other participants at the forum were the Malaysian Insider editor Jahabar Sadiq, the Malay Mail editorial adviser Datuk Ahirudin Attan and Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan.

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Banned biscuits in Singapore!

Banned Biscuits in Singapore

This is an interesting powerpoint slideshow that you must not miss! It is about biscuits that are banned in Singapore. Everyone should be aware of the food that we eat nowadays!


As a teacher, why teach English?

Here’s an interesting video I’ve found on YouTube!


Why learn English??

 

English is the mother tongue of some 400 million people, and the second language of an equally large number of speakers. There are also an estimated 750 million people who learn English as a foreign language.

Reasons to Learn English

  • Many books, newspapers, airports and air-traffic control, technology, sports, pop music and advertising have the English as the dominant language.
  • In general, the universal language on the Internet is the English.
  • The majority of the electronically stored information around the world is in English.
  • English is one of the easiest languages to learn and to use for its simple alphabet, easy words, short words and easy plurals.
  • You can travel to any English speaking country without the need of have a translator. Usually, if you don’t know the language your trip would be hard and maybe you wouldn’t enjoy it.
  • Nowadays in the competitive job market it is necessary to speak English. So if you learn English you will have a better chance of getting a job that pays more.
  • Learn English will help you to communicate with relatives, in-laws or friends who speak a different language. English is also helpful if you are going to move to a different country because it is a “global language”.
  • A lot of educational information is in English; therefore to have access to this material or maybe communicate with other students it is necessary to have knowledge of English.
  • It is necessary to learn English if you are planning to study at a foreign university or school. Usually many educational institutions will provide you preparatory courses to improve your English language skills but you have to have at least a medium level of knowledge.
  • Many students from over 70 different countries, from Brazil to Japan, Morocco to Uzbekistan and all points in between, prefer to study English in UK members.

~Introduction~

I’m supposed to be posting this much earlier when I created this blog but looks like it’s a little too late for that!

Anyway, I’m Adrian and I’m currently studying in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. This blog is part of my assignment in my GE2153 Teknologi Pendidikan course. What I am supposed to be doing here in this blog is to post articles related to my undergraduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program.

I’m having lots of fun creating and updating this site even though it is a course requirement because I tend to spend a fair bit of time in front of the computer. Might as well be updating my blog too right? 🙂

That is all for my introduction and stay tuned to my future posts!

-Adrian J.-