Saturday, 3 March 2012

Feedback about BEL 260

This semester (PART 2), I learnt a lot of things in BEL260 class. Our lecturer, Miss Zuraidah Binti Sumery, our lovely energetic lecturer but sometime very serious person or 'BIZARRE'. She used a variety methods of teaching us. She displayed to us movies, songs, games, actings, presentations, reports, forums and vice versa. I like your teaching style,Miss Zu. I hope you can still use your unique teaching methods to our junior for next semester. Furthermore, in this class, I learned how to build my self-confident, improve my speaking, improve my writing as improve myself too. ''Don't lose focus'', said Misss Zu to us. Once again, thank you Miss Zuraidah for all knowledges that you taught me. Thank you to all my friends too. Without you all, it will be difficult for me. I hope all of us will get A+ in BEL260 subject and Dean List  this semester. JAC1102A don't forget our trademark 'Never Say Never' and for Miss Zu, we will try our best in Final Exam. See you again and may success in your carrier and life. 



My dearest lecturer, the one and only, Miss Zuraidah Binti Sumery

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To all my followers, maybe this my last updating blog for you all, thank you so much for supporting me. 'I can't win this game without you all'. See you again.

Our final class . . .

Thursday - 1/3/2012

Today is the last class for BEL260 in this semester (PART 2). Miss Zu brought many foods for us from the collection of latecomers money or we call them as 'investor'. Thank you to Dinie as our main investor of the latecomer's collection. Miss Zu also gave us our argumentative pop quiz last Tuesday. My group get 13/20 as basic writer. After look overall of our essay, hopefully we can improve our writing in Final Exam. Miss Zu gave us important advices and strength to face the Final Exam. Thank you Miss Zu for your all knowledges that you gave to us. We all will appreciate it. 

Purpose & Tone

Wednesday - 29/02/2012

Today BEL 260 class, we learnt about authors' purpose and tone in their writing. We need to focus what actually the author wants to tell in his/her writing. The important reasons for author's to write:

  • to entertain - The author tells a story that describes something or someone in an interesting way.
  • to persuade - The author tries to change our opinion on a topic by appealing to our emotions.
  • to instruct - The author will explain or teach something in the story that the reader doesn’t know.  The author provides knowledge to the reader.
  • to describe - Authors often describe to support other purposes in writing. They use it to create a character, set a mood or envision a scene. 

Next, we must know the tone that  author use in the writing. Tone is the writer’s use of words and writing styles to demonstrate his or her stand towards the issue.

There are so many types of tone such as :


Passive Voice & Pop Quiz !

Tuesday - 28/2/2012

Today class, we were learning about Passive Voice that was delivered by Megat, Sue, Niena and Nabilah.

What is Passive Voice?
Passive voice is used when the emphasis is more on the object of a sentence rather than the doer. 

The differences between active voice and passive voice:

  • Syazwan kicked the ball into the lake (active voice)
  • The ball was kicked into the lake by Syazwan (passive voice)
Syazwan=Subject  The ball=Object  Kicked=Action

Active voice: subject + action + object
Passive voice: object + auxiliary verb + action + by + subject

After we learned passive voice, Miss Zu  wants to make a pop quiz about an argumentative essay. We were divided into 6 groups, 2 groups with 5 members. We also need to divide our team members, so that starting from Miss Zu's left I must do the introduction, Taufik main point 1, Fadzli point number 2, Izaudin point number 3 and Izuwan need to write the conclusion. The title of the argumentative essay is 'Parents Negligence' is a main factor of social problems among youngsters'. So my group disagree with this statement because there are many factors that make the youngsters involve social problems such as factor of friends' influence and stress.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Make up a conclusion

WEDNESDAY ~ 22/2/12

Today, we will learn on how to draw a conclusion.

What is conclusion?
Drawing conclusion is a form of critical thinking. It is relating from what you see, hear and read to what you already know.

Drawing conclusion is an important skill to help us get the most out of our reading, and to understand the writer’s point of view. 

When draw a conclusion, we need to use all the facts that can find in the passage to help us to figure out what we do not know.

Argumentative Essay

THURSDAY ~ 23/02/12

Today, we will learn about how to write an argumentative essay.
Before writing this type of essay, we must : 

- Brainstorm the ideas.
- Identify the main topics.
- Use these topics as headings.
- Decide which side you are on, i.e. which arguments are most convincing.
- Plan and write an outline for your essay.

There have a few instructions that we must follow : 

1) introduction paragraph
2) body paragraph
3) refutation paragraph
      -This is also used to support your claim. 
      -Use the counter arguments to show that your idea is the   stronger one. 
      -Do not focus only on the opposing ideas.
4) Concluding paragraph

Inferences & Predictions

TUESDAY ~ 21/02/12 

Today, Miss Zu is showing us how to make an inferences and prediction.

What is inference??

You make an inference when you use clues from the story to figure out something that the author doesn't tell you.

After that, Miss Zu was conducting a game that is detective game. We need to find the truth killer based on the clue that we got. It was very hard but finally Niena solve it. Good job for her !

What is prediction??

A prediction is what you think will happen based upon the text, the author, and the background knowledge.

Next, she is showing a few videos to us then we must predict what will happen to the event that occur in the video.


Simple Past Tense & Past Continuous Tense

THURSDAY ~ 16/02/12

Another two presentations today. First presentation is about simple past tense by Iffah's group and the second presentation is about past continuous tense by Jihan's group. Both of this group will end up all our presentation started from beginning of semester 2.

What is simple past tense??
Simple past tense is to talk about actions that happen at a specific time in the past.

When we can use simple past tense??
1) When it happened using a time adverb..e.g Last year I took my exams.
2) Described events that happened over a period of the time in the past but not now..
    e.g I lived in Asia for two years.
3) When talk about habitual or repeated actions that took place in the past..
    e.g When I was a child we always went to the seaside on bank holidays.

For more information, click to this link :

What is past continuous tense??
The past continuous tense is used to show an action that lasted for some time in the past . The actions can be interrupted by something or can be happening at the same time.

When we can use past continuous tense??
1) Actions that were in progress at some time in the past..e.g Were you cooking last evening?
2) Actions that was going on when a second one took place..
    e.g. I was eating when someone rang the door bell.
3) To show 2 actions happening simultaneously in the past.
    e.g Mrs Branson was baking a cake while her daughter was chatting on the phone.
4) As a past equivalent of the present continuous tense..
    e.g Alex said,"I am travel to Malaysia" (Direct Speech)
         Alex said that he was travel to Malaysia. (Indirect Speech)
5) To express a past habitual action, with adverbs like "always","often".
    e.g The old man was constantly muttering to himself.
6) To use in timid or polite questions..e.g I was wondering if you could open the window.
7) To use in irritation..e.g She always coming late for dinner !!
8) Actions which began before something else happened..e.g We were having dinner when the phone rang.

Simple Present Tense & Present Continuous Tense

WEDNESDAY ~ 15/02/12

Today, we have two presentations. First presentation is about simple present tense by Elya's group, while other presentation is about present continuous tense by Dinie's group as well as me.

What is simple present tense??
Simple present used to :
- show habitual or regular action..e.g Jihan practices netball every Thursday.
- state a general truths, facts and scientific laws..e.g The suns rises in the east.
- to indicate future action..e.g Nolek arrives in Hawaii at 6 p.m.
- show permanent situations..e.g Poney works as waitress
- to give instructions or orders..e.g Never sleeps in my class.

For more information, click to this link :

What is present continuous tense??
Present continuous tense is mainly used to express the idea that something is happening at the moment of speaking. The Present Continuous also describes activities generally in progress (not at the moment). Another use of the tense is to talk about temporary actions or future plans.

Uses of present continuous tense are :
1) Present actions..e.g He is eating a dinner.
2) Temporary actions..e.g Mary is working at McDonald's. (She is only working there only duriing holidays)
3) Longer actions in progress..e.g They are working hard to earn money.
4) Future (personal) arrangements and plans..e.g I'm meeting Katie in the evening.
5) Tendencies and trends..e.g Our country is getting richer.
6) Irritation..e.g My boss is constantly critising me!

For more information, click to this link : 

How to write Intro Paragraph

TUESDAY ~ 14/02/12

Today, Miss Zu is explaining to us how to write intro paragraph.

There have 3 parts of the intro paragraph, that are :

 1) The Hook - Designed to grab attention immediately and give some indication about the essay’s topic.

 2) The Transition - Moves the reader from the hook to the driving force of the essay.

 3) The Thesis - Makes the contract with the reader about what will be discussed without a transparent announcement.

There are 7 types of hooks, that are :

1) Personal examples
2) Quotations
3) Facts or statistics
4) Rhetorical questions
5) Current events
6) Contrast to the thesis statement
7) Definition

Adverb & Subject-verb agreement

THURSDAY ~ 2/2/12

This time is Hazwani's group turn. They will present about adverb and subject-verb agreement.

What is adverb??
 Adverb is can modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a phrase, or a clause. An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or degree and answers questions such as "how," "when," "where," "how much".

For more information, click to this link :

What is subject-verb agreement??
Subject-verb agreement must agree in number: both must be singular, or both must be plural. Problems occur in the present tense because one must add an -s or -es at the end of the verb when the subjects or the entity performing the action is a singular third person: hesheit, or words for which these pronouns could substitute.

For more information, click to this link :

After presentation, they held a nice game. The game is so interesting as they offer variety of FOOD as the prize.

Speaking time

WEDNESDAY ~ 01/02/12

Today, Miss Zu wants to discuss about speaking test. However, if I want to get an excellent band for my MUET so  I must get  through this. The instructions about this speaking test are :

  1. Take 4 people as 1 group .
  2. Decide who is candidate A, candidate B, candidate C and candidate D .
  3. This test will be divided into 2 task, that is task A and task B .
  4. Task A wants us to try giving a point about the topic that we get at that time whereas Task B is more like making group  discussion about the most effective point among candidates.
  5. The time given for the both tasks is 10 minutes.


Pronoun & Preposition

Tuesday - 10/01/2011

Today, Aira's group is presenting about Pronoun and Preposition. pronoun can replace a noun or another pronoun.

Type of pronouns:
a) personal pronounsused to replace nouns as subjects of sentence.
                                  e.g. : Taufik and Fadzli are from Johor.(They are from Johor.)
b) reflexive pronounsused to intensify and also reflect antecedents.
                                  e.g. : Dr Fadzilah Kamsah himself conducts the seminar.(intensifies antecedent)
                                           Dr Fadzilah Kamsah  conducts the seminar himself.(reflects antecendent)
c) relative pronouns used to join one phrase to other phrase.
                                e.g. : The man who stands their is Ezuwan.
d) interrogative pronounsused to form the questions.
                                         e.g : How do you manage yourself?

This is a link for pronoun:

Now for preposition. Preposition is a word that shows the relationships between a noun or pronoun and others words in sentences. It can be divided into three, which is place, time and movement.

a) Preposition of places : show where something is.
                                     e.g. : The fitness centre is in Kluang.(in)
b) Preposition of time : show the concept of time or duration of time.
                                    e.g. : He will go to Kuala Terengganu on Sunday.(on)
c) Preposition of movement : show something moves in relation to other things.
                                           e.g. : They kick the ball into the bush.(into)

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