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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Evaluating Author's Argument

What is the controversial topic discussed by the author?

Author's argument
What is the author's point of view about the issue?

What are the steps in evaluating the author's argument?

  1. Assumptions-things that the author takes for granted without providing any proof.
  2. Type of support-the kind of evidence the author uses to support the argument
    1. Facts
    2. Expert opinions
    3. Research
    4. Observations
    5. Personal experiences
  3. Relevance of the support-
    1. How relevant is the support?
    2. If it's directly related to the argument, it is relevant.
  4. Objectivity-
    1. The authors argument is objective if they present facts.
    2. If the authors are experts on the topic or issue, then the recommendations are meaningful.
  5. Completeness-
    1. An argument is complete if the author presents enough support and has counter-arguments.
    2. The argument is incomplete if the author does not present the counter-arguments.
  6. Validity-The argument is valid if it is logical and well-reasoned.
  7. Credibility-The argument has credibility if it is believable or convincing.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stated Main Idea and the Supporting Details

Only ONE sentence can be the stated main idea of a paragraph.

Stated main idea sentence

  1. Must always contain the topic
  2. Must make complete sense by itself
  3. Must be a general sentence that sums up the details in the paragraph
When you identify the stated main idea in a paragraph, it must be exactly the same sentence without changing the words in the sentence.

It must not be the specific details.

Supporting details in a paragraph can be divided into major and minor details or primary and secondary details
  1. Major supporting details explain the main idea.
  2. Minor supporting details explain the major supporting details.
How do you differentiate between major and minor supporting details?
You ask yourself if that sentence explains the main idea or major supporting details.

Reread that sentence and ask yourself,
"Does this sentence explain the main idea or the supporting details?"

A sentence that contains statistics and findings is NOT the main idea.

What about implied main idea?


Who or what is it about?

Four Clues

  1. heading or title
  2. special print such as bold and italics or colour
  3. repeated words or phrases
  4. a word or phrase mentioned at the beginning, and repeatedly referred to by using other words or pronouns
Sounds simple, right?
It may look simple but this is the most important item to identify as it leads you to determining the main idea of a paragraph next.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Word Structure Analysis

Understanding the meanings of the word parts will assist you in understanding the unfamiliar words faster. You need to learn the meanings of the word parts first in order for you to do the word structure analysis. Ideally,you learn them individually at your own time. However,depending on your learning styles, you may form a group or a pair to divide the task of memorizing the meanings to facilitate the process of learning and building the vocabularies.

First you need to understand the terms and meanings below.

Prefix-word parts before the root word
Root-base words
Suffix-word parts after the root word

Nevertheless, there's no shortcut in the remembering the meanings.

Identify your learning styles so that you can learn them effectively.

So,what's your learning style?

I'll write about learning style in my future entry.

(Do remind me  if I have not written about it.)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dictionary or Context clues?

My assumption is you most probably do not have your hard copy of the thick dictionary with you all the time. Definitely not carrying the dictionary everywhere you. Maybe you have your electronic dictionary with you or nowadays,having your smart phones to search for the meanings of words. with the internet connection, you can just google a word and get the results in less than a second. However, you can't do that all the time. Especially not when you are sitting for a test or examination! So,what should you do? Knowing how to identify the types of context clues can help you to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word.

Type of Context Clues
  1. Definition/Synonym Clue
  2. Contrast Clue
  3. Example Clue
  4. General Sense of the Sentence
  5. Clue from another Sentence
Context Clues include words in a sentence and a paragraph that allow readers to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.

You may ask yourself,
"What would it must mean in this sentence for me to understand?"

Understanding the context clues help you to understand the materials you read without having to constantly checking the meanings of the unfamiliar words.

    1. Definition/Synonym- search for: is defined as,means,that is, in other words
    2. Contrast - search for : but,such as, however,contrast
    3. Example - search for: for example, to illustrate, like, such as
    4. General sense of the sentence: something that you can relate with your own general knowledge and experience
    5. Clue from another sentence: another sentence that explains the unfamiliar words
                Source:Elder,J Exercise Your College Reading Skills

So,the next time you want to search for the unfamiliar words,try using context clues instead.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not Over

I really thought that it was over on my previous entry.

I was wrong.

It was not over as I thought it should have been.

I really thought that I could finally take a break and have a good holiday with my family.

I was wrong.

More scripts to mark. It was EET669. The writing and the speaking recordings need to be evaluated too.

So,I decided to complete 'everything' before going for a 'break'.

Yes, everything in inverted coma as I know that it's impossible to complete 'everything' before going for a break. So, I had completed all that I needed to do.

The next task to be completed is setting of the final exam questions.

Last week, I got my new timetable for this semester.

10 classes to teach for this semester and 3 codes to teach.

1. ELC501 English for Critical Academic Reading - 3 classes
2. ELC590 English for Oral Presentations - 4 classes
3.EWC661 English Report Writing - 3 classes

So,here I am. Blogging again to declutter my mind.
I have 2 days left to make preparation for the next semester.
The first class of the next semester begins this Sunday from 8am to 4pm.

Okay,let's print out all the attendance lists first!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

First Reflection of 2017

It's Thursday afternoon and very quiet. Nobody is around. I can only hear the chirping of the birds and the sound of the air-conditioner and my own typing at the keyboard of this computer. It has been a while since I've done any reflections on my teaching.

Oh yes! The semester has ended. I feel somewhat numb from the flooding loads of work that had to be completed last week.

It's over? I can't believe it is over!

My family and I actually stayed and slept in my office for 2 nights last week as we could not go home because of the flood that blocked the way to our home. I did not sleep as I was completing the uploading of the marks for all my 9 classes of 5 different codes.

Feeling overwhelmed. I just need to pour my reflection here to unload some of my thoughts that have been playing in my mind. Facebook updates have not been enough.

I need to spring-clean my room too. Need to get rid of those papers that are no longer necessary to be kept.

To be continued.

Going home.