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Aspect

Issue

Strategy/Activity

Timing (Min.)

Total (Minutes)

Intro

Students must know their personal target



Strategy: Questioning and reflection


  • Ask students to choose one of the grades for SPM English 1119

  • Ask students to decide the section/question that strongly determines their A (A+, A, A-)

  • Highlight the importance of scoring a good mark for essay writing



5

5


Aim & Objectives of the writing workshop for potential A students

Students’ clarity of the rationales of having to attend the workshop

Strategy: Input from trainer
Aim:

To convince and guide potential A students to achieve A (A+, A, A-) in SPM 1119


Objectives:


  1. To highlight the traits of potential A students in term of writing

  2. To expose the assessment criteria to potential A students

  3. To expose effective strategies to help potential A students enhance the quality of their essays

  4. To familiarize the potential A students with the “new” questions for Continuous Writing

  5. To guide potential A students make ongoing plans to improve the quality of their written work



5

5


PART 1
TO HIGHLIGHT THE TRAITS OF POTENTIAL A STUDENTS IN TERM OF WRITING

Students must know their weaknesses and strengths in writing

Strategy: Reflection, Input from trainer



10

10


PART 2
TO EXPOSE THE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA TO POTENTIAL A STUDENTS


Students must know the assessment criteria for writing so that they can give what examiners want


Strategy: Sharing info, Input from trainer





10

10


PART 3
TO EXPOSE EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO HELP POTENTIAL A STUDENTS ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF THEIR ESSAYS



Students must reduce language errors


Strategy: Input from trainer and Workshop









1. DIVER FORMS (Different Verb Forms)


    1. Explanation of DIVER Forms

    2. Quick revision of the rules – stress in Sub-Time

    3. Sentence construction practice/s

    4. Stress on consistency of practice




5

10


15


55


2. PAWS (Paragraph Writing Scheme)

2.1 Explanation of the technique

2.2 Paragraph writing – I love you

2.3 Presentation FOCUS ON PAST TENSE – check language accuracy



5

7



13

Students must try to get at least 2 merits in each paragraph

  1. Task: Merit Test: Show photos of happy, sad, surprised faces and ask ss to describe their feeling

  2. Task: Essay 1

  3. Task: Essay 2

  4. Task: video – numanumaye

5

15

15



20

55


Students must vary their sentence structures

Message on varied sentence structure
1. Input on simple, compound and complex sentence

2. Task: Drilling on complex structure

3. Task: video - frostbyte


7
13

15


35


Students must arouse and sustain reader’s interest

GS4GS

1. Message on “Ommmph”

2. Task: Reading and understanding a sample story - jaguar

3. Informing students how to search for interesting short stories



5

10


15

30


PART 4
TO FAMILIARIZE THE POTENTIAL A STUDENTS WITH THE “NEW” QUESTIONS FOR CONTINUOUS WRITING





1. SPM 2014 1119/1 Section B questions


5

55


2. Tips to examine questions and choose one

10

3. 32 sample questions and possible self-learning activities

4. Studying 4 sample essays



40

PART 5
TO GUIDE POTENTIAL A STUDENTS MAKE ONGOING PLANS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR WRITTEN WORK





1. Making personal timetable – what to study? When to study? How frequent to study?

2. Producing a personal timetable/strategy to improve writing on personal and ongoing bases







35








295÷60=4.916 hours





295


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