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Monday, December 28, 2009

Better Single Than Sorry.

Assignment or announcement?


Siti Rahmah has informed you about our assignment today. I hope you can do the task within the two hours.

Read the following Book Review and then discuss what you think about the topic. This can be done individually if you want.

Better Single Than Sorry

Better Single Than Sorry A frank, insightful and entertaining book by a glamorous US TV star about how there is more to life than being in a relationship for the sake of it, and how to be happy even if you are single.

'It's time for women to start telling the world - and each other - why it's better to be single than sorry. Yes, it's great to have a boyfriend or a husband, and I'm not suggesting women give up the idea of happily ever after, but I don't believe in settling... The truth is, we know what we're looking for and we must never sell ourselves short.'

Life can be fabulous on your own - the antidote to dating books!

BETTER SINGLE THAN SORRY has a simple, refreshing and powerful message. It's far better to be single than to end up with someone who doesn't make you happy just because you want to be in a couple, feel pressured by society / your friends / your mother, or you want to get married or have kids. She's all for compromising and being realistic, but she encourages women not to settle for the sake of it.

Chapters include:
* Being Single is Not a Curse
* It Takes Guts to be On your Own
* Don't Play Hard to Get - Be Hard to Get
* 50 Reasons Why it's Great to be Single
* But All My Friends are Married...
* Stop Believing You Can't do Better
* Throw Away the Picture of your Ideal Man
* Don't Talk yourself into Liking a Guy
* Basic Instinct - Trust Yours
* What you Want Versus what you Need

Some information on the author of the book.

Jennifer Schefft is well known in the US as the glamorous girl who turned down not one but two opportunities to get hitched to the seemingly 'perfect' man live on TV (The Bachelor and The Bachelorette) and caused massive controversy. Glamorous and refreshing, she has appeared on countless TV shows including Oprah, Good Morning America and the Ellen DeGeneres Show and has graced the covers and pages of People magazine and many others publications.

The topic can be really sensitive. I hope you can be really critical and able to support your ideas and opinions.

Deadline for this discussion for Group 5 is today, 29th December 2009 by 5 P.M.

I will be checking! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Assignment or announcement?


About your previous assignment, I have to say that I am impressed how critical you can be to each other. I hope the spirit of learning has increased tremendously, outside our classroom. Basically, most of you agreed that parents should be held responsible for the wrongdoings of their children. When you disagreed with the topic, you have to give reasons why you chose to disagree, not to give other externalfactors that leads children to commit crime. You have to stay with the topic given. Do you agree? I would like to remind the discussion participants to keep the language as close as possible to formal one. Avoiding 'text messaging' language will be a great practice for your essay writing. Don't you think so?

Here is another topic to be discussed.

Maternity Leave Should be Extended to Six Months. Do you agree? Discuss the topic by giving your points.

Please do some Internet research on the topic with your partner. You may change your partner or stay with the same person for this assignment. This will be topic we will discuss in class next week after the TICE.

Deadline: 14 December 2009 (9 A.M)

I will post another assignment for you to do individually during the holiday starting Monday the 14th of December. Having holidays does not mean learning stops.

I have linked a website to give you some insight of what maternity leave is all about. This topic falls under the theme Family.

Till then, have fun discussing.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Assignment or announcement?

Read and answer carefully. Wishing you all the best. To those who have not posted your assignment, please do so.
REMEMBER: Exam time

11 A.M. Be punctual.

Your teacher.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Parents Should be Blamed for the Crime Committed by their Children

Assignment or announcement?
Assignment 3

This is your third assignment using the blog.

Dear students of Group 5 and 15

Please do this in pairs. Choose your partner.

This is the task.

Please provide 3 reasons for choice, whether you agree or disagree with the topic. The reasons can be submitted in the comment box in point forms. Each pair has to comment on other people's opinion. I want to see whether my students are able to be critical of other people's opinions here. Get to work. The last day to submit both your 3 reasons and comments on other people's opinions is stated as below:

Date: 4th of DECEMBER 2009
Time: 10 P.M

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Reading Assignment

Assignment or announcement?


This is a reading assignment to be done during the long weekend. Yes, you have raya to celebrate, but remember that learning should be done continuously.

Selamat Hari Raya Haji.


On Trial: System That Locks Children up for Life Without Hope of Freedom
Protesters say teenagers must be given a chance of redemption - even if their crimes are horrific

by Andrew Purcell

NEW YORK - Of all the issues being considered by the Supreme Court this winter, none is more emotionally charged than life sentences for teenagers. The justices must decide whether sending minors to prison without any possibility of parole is a "cruel and unusual punishment" prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. It is a narrow point of law, but the purpose of America's penal system is in the dock.

[Youths walk in a line at the Texas Youth Commission facility (Photograph: Duane A Laverty/AP) ]Youths walk in a line at the Texas Youth Commission facility (Photograph: Duane A Laverty/AP)
No other country locks up its children like the United States does. An Amnesty International report found just seven prisoners in Israel, four in South Africa and one in Tanzania serving life terms for crimes they committed before they were legally considered to be adults. There are 2225 such inmates in ­American jails - each one a stark reminder that in the desire to be tough on crime, faith in rehabilitation has been lost.

Defenders of the status quo argue that some rapists, murderers and violent criminals commit acts so heinous they deserve to be imprisoned for the rest of their lives, no matter how young they are.

The organisations challenging this include the National Association of Social Workers, Mothers Against Murders, the Correctional Chaplains Association, the Juvenile Law Centre and a list of religious groups who believe that however grave the offence, it is inhuman to offer a child no hope of redemption.

The Supreme Court abolished the death penalty for minors with its decision in Roper v. Simmons four years ago. In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that teenagers are less capable of making mature decisions, more likely to act impulsively and more susceptible to peer pressure than adults. He also observed that because their characters are not fully formed, they have more potential to become productive members of society.

The petitioners in Graham v. Florida argue that this reasoning should apply beyond capital crimes, especially where no death was involved. Terrance Graham robbed a woman at gunpoint in her home, a few weeks after ­completing a previous prison stint for armed burglary and assault. He was 17 years old. The judge sentenced him to life without parole.

The other case being considered by the Supreme Court, Sullivan v. Florida, concerns a mentally impaired 13-year-old who raped an elderly woman. As things stand, Joe Sullivan is one of at least 73 prisoners destined to remain behind bars until they die, for crimes that were committed before they turned 15.

The American Psychiatric Association's legal brief in his favour notes that neuroscience has shown that during puberty, areas of the brain associated with impulse control and risk evaluation are undeveloped. It concludes that "condemning an immature, vulnerable, and not-yet-fully-formed adolescent to die in prison is a constitutionally disproportionate punishment."

Quantel Lotts was 14 when he stabbed his step-brother Michael Barton to death, in what began as a play fight. The dead boy's mother has forgiven him, but the state of Missouri allows no such leniency, having sentenced him to life without parole on a charge of premeditated murder. In several states, there is no minimum age limit at which children can be tried as adults.

Because Sara Kruzan's father was in jail, she was raised by her drug-addicted mother. By her early teens, she had been coerced into working as a prostitute. The abuse continued for three years, until she killed her pimp. She too was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of being set free.

At the Supreme Court hearings, Shannon Goessling spoke for the National Organisation of Victims of Juvenile Lifers. "This system is not set up for rehabilitation," she told the judges. "It is set up for retribution and consequences." Jennifer Jenkins, whose sister was murdered by a teenager, said "there are some people who are so fundamentally dangerous that they can't walk among us."

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, part of a group of former offenders petitioning for Graham and Sullivan, gave an impassioned response. As a young man, he started fires, destroyed property, recklessly fired his gun and hit a policeman. "For God's sake, give the guy a chance," he said. "Sort them out case by case. You don't just salt them away for life."

Chief Justice John Roberts has suggested that because "death is different" the Roper ruling has no bearing on custodial sentences for minors. In all likelihood, the decision will again come down to Justice Kennedy.

At one point in the hearing, Mr Kennedy wondered: "What is the state's interest in keeping the defendant in custody for the rest of his life if he has been rehabilitated and is no longer a real danger?" US prisons currently hold 2.3 million people. The larger question is whether a country that incarcerates six times as many of its citizens as the average developed nation has any interest in rehabilitation at all?

Copyright ©2009 Herald & Times Group


We will discuss the topic in class next week.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Assignment 1

This is the topic to be discussed for this week.

Some people believe that studying abroad brings more benefits to undergraduate students compared to studying in local university. Do you agree with the statement? Please give your reasons in the form of a thesis statement. A parallel thesis statement, that is. I shall expect you to submit the assignment in the comment box by Thursday 26th November, 2009 by 10.00 P.M.


"It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves."

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Monday, November 16, 2009

WELCOME GROUP 5 AND 15 OF LEM 6012 SEMESTER 1, 2009/2010


This semester, we will be sharing this together, both my writing classes, ladies and gentlemen from Group 5 and Group 15. Here are the instruction on how to leave your task or assignment (online discussion) on the comment box.

How to leave your assignment in the blog?

At the end of the Assignment or Instruction, you will see comment box as shown below:

1 comments Links to this post

Click on the envelope icon and you will then see a pop up comment box in which you will type your assignment. You can always type your assignment, in microsoft word and save your work. After that, you can copy and paste in the box said.

What to do after you have typed your work in the comment box?

On the bottom of the comment box, you will see this. If you are a blogger using blogspot, use your account. If not, type your name and group number:
i.e Ahmad from Group 5.

Choose an identity

OpenID LiveJournal WordPress TypePad AOL
Publish Your Comment

When must you respond to the assignment given?
I will give you the deadline on which you have to submit your work before the mentioned date and time.

What is my expectation?
Since this blog is created to make you get connected to your friends outside the classroom, make full use of it. Discussion should be done actively and critically.

Hopefully you will find time to participate in the blog. It is interactive and fun if you want it to be.

Your teacher,

Wait for me to post your first assignment!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This Week's Class and Assignment 5

Dear Group 14,

I am sorry that I am not able to teach you writing this week. Something inevitable happen and I have to stay at home at least till Thursday. Anyways, I have read your comments and I have to say that I am eminently impressed because most of you could argue your points. Junaidy, it is great that you can really refute arguments of your friends'. I have a request to make before your mid-semester examination. Please do your own revisions on the grammar items that I have given to you earlier. Follow the list and use your grammar books and if you don't have one, borrow or buy. Remember that 10 sentences with an error each will be given to you together with reading questions.

For this week, I have to ask you to write another essay and I have to think of a topic. Alright, here it is;

Having credentials is better than having wealth. Do you agree?
Write the essay in no more than 450 words.
The essay is due next Monday, 6th July, 2009

Try to give real life examples to support your points. I believe you are already able to write essays with catchy introduction together with a parallel specific thesis statement. Topic sentences that are supported by details and examples. A refutation paragraph that can present the concession and your refutation and of course a very well-phrased conclusion. Well, enjoy your week without writing class while it lasts. You have a week to complete writing the essay. Feel free to do some Internet research regarding the topic. However, I always know when students plagiarize from somewhere. Till we meet again in class next week, insyallah.

Your teacher,
Zubaidah Anuar

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What is the subject and the verb of a sentence?

Yesterday you have written your first essay and you really worked hard on it. For next week, here is your assignment. So sorry for the delay.

Assignment 3

This assignment focuses on your grammar knowledge. You will start looking at sentences by identifying the subject and the object of the sentences. These are sentences that I take from your essays.

Example 1:

Identify the subject and the verb of the sentence.

By reading blogs of other bloggers one can add his or her knowledge and vocabulary as well as improving reading skills.

Use different colours of highlighter to differentiate the subject from the verbs.

By reading blogs of other bloggers one can add his or her knowledge and vocabulary as well as improving reading skills.

Find 10 sentences with variety of structures to be discussed in class. Type or write them neatly and make copies for every group for the class.

Your have a surprise:

Your 4th Assignment:

and no you are not getting free curry puff on Tuesday! :)
Discuss this topic in the comment box:

People should stop learning just for the purpose
of possessing credentials. What do you think?

Please students of Group 14, I would like to read some good ideas and opinions on the matter. It is paramount for all of you to be critical about others' views too. However, make sure you give your opinions too. The deadline for the 4th Assignment is Monday, 29th June, 2009 at 1 PM. You may invite friends from other groups to leave their comments too.

Your teacher who is so concerned about your future,

Zubaidah Anuar

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Second Assignment for Group 14

Most of the time in the past, my students were not careful with the language and spelling. However, your group this semester has given me a good first impression. Good job! Most of you tried your best to submit your thesis statements on time.

Our second assignment will be an easy one. For next week, we are going to discuss a topic in class.
The topic is: Blogging harms society. Do you agree?

I am not yet asking you to give a thesis statement for the topic mentioned. What you need to do is to find as much information on the topic and share some of the information with your friends in the comment box. You might want to argue with your friends' ideas or points as you are reading the points posted.

I am expecting an active discussion in this blog for this topic and we shall continue discussing in class next week. You have all Friday, Saturday and Sunday to argue.

I am going to miss all of you till we meet again.

P/S Hope you like the ducklings...

Your teacher,
Zubaidah Anuar
18 June 2009.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ola My Writing Class Students!!!!

Assalamulaikum... students of Group 14, used to be Bogus class and now floating. I believe floating from one class to the other is tiring, don't you think so?

Alright, let's get to business. The first assignment for this semester is to post your first THESIS STATEMENT in the comment box. If you are not familiar with blogspot, get yourself a friend who can help you. Below is an example;

Thesis statement: It is agreed that.........................................
by Zubaidah Anuar

Remember the topic: Curfews for CFS, IIUM Nilai students should be abolished.

Deadline: 10.30 PM, 16 June 2009.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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My Class... This is the class...





We had a breakfast party this morning after class. I was not in the mood to teach (is that possible?) and you guys had more mood to eat the nasi lemak. Yeah! I bet the nasi lemak was deliciuos and fattening (oopsie). Anyhow, I am glad that the semester is finally over (for me) but not for you. You still have to study for your EPT (Sunday). Please check the timetable at A&R.

I really had a great time teaching you all and want to thank you for all the supports you have given me (in the blog activities). Hopefully we can still continue blogging even if you are no longer my students.
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Friday, February 6, 2009



Sorry I could not provide you with the marks earlier. Please read the questions carefully before answering them tomorrow. Most of you, according to your marks insyallah will make it to EPT.

May Allah bless you all.
Please be punctual tomorrow too.

10% 10% 5% (15%) INDI. (10%) GROUP (10%) 60%
1 083788 7.00 6.33 2.50 12.75 7.00 8.00 43.58
2 084493 7.00 7.33 2.81 13.10 7.30 8.75 46.29
3 084498 6.60 6.00 2.19 13.10 7.30 8.75 43.94
4 084655 6.60 6.33 2.81 13.10 7.20 8.75 44.79
5 085106 7.60 7.33 4.38 12.40 7.00 8.75 47.46
6 085107 6.40 6.67 3.44 12.00 7.20 8.50 44.21
7 085109 6.60 4.33 1.56 11.10 7.30 9.00 39.89
8 085116 6.60 8.33 1.88 12.20 7.20 8.75 44.96
9 085117 6.00 5.67 1.88 12.00 7.20 8.75 41.50
10 085119 5.60 7.67 2.50 11.80 7.20 8.50 43.27
11 085128 7.20 7.67 1.25 11.25 7.00 8.50 42.87
12 085143 5.80 4.33 3.44 10.90 7.00 8.50 39.97
13 085377 6.40 6.00 3.75 10.30 7.20 8.50 42.15
14 085410 5.80 7.33 2.50 9.90 7.20 8.75 41.48
15 085436 5.20 5.00 2.19 10.10 7.00 8.75 38.24
16 085440 6.40 6.00 3.44 11.40 7.20 8.75 43.19
17 085442 7.60 7.33 3.13 12.60 7.30 9.00 46.96
18 085445 5.40 5.67 2.81 11.60 7.00 8.00 40.48
19 085567 7.00 5.67 2.19 10.90 7.20 8.75 41.71
20 085814 8.00 7.33 3.75 12.40 7.30 8.75 47.53

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Discourse Markers: CLICK HERE

The Last Grammar Notes for you on Discourse Markers, the correct transitions for specific contexts.

Please read and try to understand the notes. Copy and print out the notes for your own reference.

The End-of-semester examination is scheduled this Saturday, 7th of February 2008. Just a reminder, please read all of the grammar items listed to be studied for the whole semester.

Yours truly,
Your teacher

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

What Do You THINK about THIS BLOG?

Dear students,
I have been blogging for long but only recently (from semester 1) I feel blogging is not created only for fun, but also for educational purpose... for you to learn English by using blog as a tool. In this entry, I want to hear your sincere comments on what you think about the utilization of blog in our Writing Class. Please be honest. Leave your comments before 12.30 tonight.

Your teacher,
Madam Zubaidah

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


What type of media is newspaper? Most of you did not specify what kind of media is newspaper. I need you to do some research on media before coming to class for the second draft tomorrow. I have checked your language. Most have to work harder in proof-reading your own essay. Please stick to the words limit I have given earlier in the semester to avoid any deduction of marks. Please try to remember what you have written and do some revisions on Subject Verb Agreement before tomorrow. I have checked your essays and here are my comments for the mass:

1. The introduction does not give the focus of the topic. Instead of focusing on reading newspaper, most students give emphasis on reading in general.

2. Some of the supporting details are not relevant to the topics. Please give supporting details relevant to the topics when writing your second and final draft.

3. Number of words exceeded word limit.

4. Refutation paragraph. Please study the format again. Remember my lecture on how to write refutation paragraph. You do not use Point A, B, and C to support your refutation.

5. Of course: Subject verb agreement. Do, please do proof-read your essays before handing it in tomorrow. You must check your language.

6. Spelling: Do make sure you have the correct spelling for all the words. Some even spelled habit, habbits... it is not a rabbit.

There... please be prepared for the final draft tomorrow students... I will see in the morning.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

5th Assignment

In this assignment, you are required to come up with possible topics that you think will be given to you for your TIMED IN-CLASS essay next week. Each student has to give a topic. The deadline for this assignment is before 10 PM Sunday, 11 January 2009.

Thank you.

Thursday, January 1, 2009