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SMATKEM (Teknik Kemaman)

SMATKEM is pronounced “camp” (not “kem” as in kemaman the town.)

On short notice, we made our way to Kemaman, Terengganu to face 150 fifth formers who were 23 days (at press time) away to one of the biggest events in their life. The coaches as usual had lots of fun. (Naik syeikh pun ada sikit). How can you not enjoy yourself talking to a bunch of very responsive and “selamba” teenagers?

These kids are so lucky to have teachers who really, really want them to be good at English. We met the teachers and we know. For one, they have been trying to get ESB for 3 years. Like the saying “jodoh tak ke mana”, we finally made it to SMATKEM.

We talked to one of the English teachers who told us how that the first year of teaching was the year of extreme and full tank motivation. Coming out fresh from the university with all the teaching theories and what not. Everything was applied. All the materials were given. All the multimedia. All the handouts. But, the ‘switch’ to spark the interest in English was not there.

Disheartened. Frustrated. The intention was to get the students to speak English but when you get discouraging words from almost all your students, you tend to rethink.

“Tak ‘caghe (char re) lah cikgu” translation…why bother!!

But as an educator, giving up is not an option.

“Never wish that the job was easier, wish that you, were better.”

We discovered that the teacher, a Nirvana lover, is currently planning to buy a laptop. Why? To teach better. To make a difference. InsyaAllah, one of the ‘switches’ will turn on the burning desire to be good at English. Some students need something big to change. Some would require a single act of guidance.

“Teachers, out there. You students are all unique. They have different interests. They see things differently. They react differently. They came from different backgrounds. If one style doesn’t work, keep looking.”

Being good at English is not a choice anymore. We salute the teacher and any other teachers in this country or in the planet who teaches with love and passion.

Half Day ESB only during Ramadhan

Assalamu’alaikum wrt wbh.

Dear Teachers,

This Ramadhan, ESB Seminars will go on as usual. However, the coaches will be conducting a half-day program only (8am – 1pm). InshaAllah, it will still be a lively and energy-packed seminar given they had a superb sahur early in the morning.

No lunch needs to be served *wink* but we’d be glad to take-home (tapau) Ramadhan delicacies like tamar, briyani kambing, chocolate-covered strawberries, murtabak, etc.

For schools in KL-Putrajaya-Selangor, we have a special 3-Hour Playshop for your students at a very low investment. This playshop is suitable as pre-exam motivational program as well as post-exam time fillers.

Please e-mail me for me a copy of the latest esb infokit! coachsha@englishguru.com.my

Till then ,

Hasta la vista!

WWE Tips 1(BM version): Seronok Belajar B.I.

Memang seronok bila kita selesa, yakin dan fasih berbahasa Inggeris.  Bertambah seronok bila kita mudah faham bila membaca dan mendengar perkataan dan ayat-ayat dalam Bahasa Inggeris.  Keseronokan berlipat ganda bila kita mahir dalam keempat-empat kemahiran sekaligus – membaca, menulis, mendengar dan bertutur.

Percayalah, sesiapa sahaja layak dan mampu menjadikan Bahasa Inggeris sebagai bahasa kedua mereka.  Maknanya, tidak kira latar belakang keluarga, di sekolah mana kita belajar, di mana kita tinggal, berapa usia kita, setiap orang yang belajar bahasa boleh kuasai bahasa tersebut.

Kami datang dari latar belakang keluarga yang berbeza.  Ayah dan ibu Coach Sha berkelulusan Masters dan PhD dan pernah berkhidmat di universiti tempatan.  Allahyarham bapa Coach Ridz pula bersekolah sehingga Darjah Enam  sahaja manakala ibu beliau tidak pernah mendapat pendidikan formal.  Persoalannya di sini, adakah tahap pendidikan ibu bapa kita penentu kejayaan kita untuk mahir dalam Bahasa Inggeris?  Memang faktor keluarga boleh membantu, tetapi semestinya bukan penentu.  Setuju bukan?

Kami juga datang dari sistem persekolahan yang berbeza.  Coach Sha berkesempatan bersekolah menengah di Texas, Amerika Syarikat  selama empat tahun (tingkatan tiga hingga enam).  Sebab itulah bila Coach Sha bertutur dalam Bahasa Inggeris, kadang-kadang terkeluar loghat koboi Texas dengan tidak sengaja.  Samalah seperti orang Kedah, orang Kelantan, orang Negeri, orang Terengganu di Malaysia, orang di Amerika pun ada loghat masing-masing.

Coach Ridz pula mendapat pendidikan menengah beliau di sekolah pondok, Madrasah al-Masriyyah di Bukit Mertajam.  Terkejut ustazah dan cikgu Coach Ridz bila kami pergi menziarahi mereka di sekolah.  Tak sangka, ingatkan nak jadi ustaz tapi jadi jurulatih Bahasa Inggeris pula.

Pokoknya di sini, kami ingin tekankan bahawa setiap orang boleh selesa, yakin dan fasih menggunakan Bahasa Inggeris dalam pembelajaran dan kehidupan.  Apakah rahsianya?

Jadikan proses pembelajaran bahasa itu sesuatu yang menyeronokkan.  Mulai sekarang, lafazkan, “Seronok belajar Bahasa Inggeris!”  Ayuh, kita mulakan!

RAHSIA 1: BE LIKE A KID AGAIN

Untuk menangkap bahasa Inggeris dengan berkesan, kita mesti sanggup jadi seperti kanak-kanak semula. Perangai yang ada pada anak kecil, harus kembali dalam jiwa kita yang kini sudah remaja dan dewasa.

Tidak kira sama ada anda pelajar tahun enam atau tingkatan enam, berumur tiga belas atau tiga puluh tahun, anda mesti hidupkan kembali sifat budak-budak dalam diri sendiri.

Alangkah indahnya zaman budak-budak dulu. Bila makan, mereka makan betul-betul. Bila tidur, mereka tidur betul-betul. Bila main, mereka main betul-betul. Hasilnya, kanak-kanak dapat kepuasan dalam apa yang mereka lakukan.

Inilah yang patut kita hidupkan kembali walaupun sudah bergelar remaja dan dewasa. Bila belajar, belajar betul-betul. Jangan main-main. Tapi jangan salah faham pula. Bukan maknanya bila belajar tidak boleh berseronok langsung. Mesti serius dan berkerut dahi sahaja. Jauh sekali!

Bila belajar Bahasa Inggeris, speak sungguh-sungguh, listen dengan khusyuk, read rajin-rajin dan write banyak-banyak. Inilah rahsia pertama menangkap Bahasa Inggeris. Cipta keseronokan dalam proses pembelajaran. Jangan belajar setakat cukup makan atau ala kadar saja. Boleh kan?

Pasang niat untuk seronok belajar kerana

Bila hati seronok,

Badan penuh tenaga,

Kita jadi kuat,

Kita rasa hebat,

Buat sesuatu pun betul-betul buat,

Dan InshaAllah, hasil lah yang kita akan dapat.

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