English Weekly Journal : Week 17

Hi!

I think it’s better if I post my journal for week 17 now since I’m still in the mood. I still have homework to do later, like biography, biology, and chemistry. Let’s fight procrastination, shall we?

Week 17 felt really short for me, not sure why. We had text type quiz and TOEFL listening quiz too. Plus, the teacher gave a short brief about what will we do for the next 2 weeks.

On Monday, the first English session for the week, we did another TOEFL listening practice. The main highlight of the day was the text type quiz, though. The teacher gave us a few minutes to do a last minute study on text type from the summary paper we made the other day when other groups were doing their presentation. Honestly speaking, I can’t memorize anything so I’m low key expecting an average result this time. The problems were about the characteristics or key points of each text types.

On the second session, on Wednesday, we had the TOEFL listening quiz. I don’t know why, but I scored a good result for the listening quiz this time. I think it was because we had practice before on Monday. I’m still not used to it, though hehe. Let’s just hope I can keep this up.

For the next two weeks, we will still have the listening practice as usual, if I’m not wrong. But two weeks from now, we will have a speaking test in the second session of week 19. Each of us will do a 3 minutes speech in front of the class. We can’t bring cue cards or anything and I’m honestly worried (I’ve always had a hard time with memorizing). The teacher said it’s good to use the Bing Bang Bongo technique to keep it structured since it’s a planned speech. I chose the topic ‘To me, success in life means . . .’ for my speech. Not sure why, I guess I just found it interesting. Now, I have no idea what to talk about, though. I’ll search for it later. I feel like sleeping right now 🙂

Week 17 was very hectic for me. Thank God I survived through it. Thanks for reading my journal and have a nice day!

 

 

English Weekly Journal : Week 14

Hello!

I’m back after 10 days. It was a very hectic week for me and I can’t be more grateful that I get to rest now. Jeez, although I still have a math test for tomorrow and my friends said it was really hard, so yeah I still need to study after this. For week 14 we were told to bring our typing device. Yes, again, I had to bring my iPad for the class. This week is still all about the Small Change article and grammar checking. Plus, another TOEFL listening practice session.

Week 14 was not much different with the previous week, we’re still working on the Small Change article. This time, after finishing the draft, it’s time to check the grammar. As I said multiple times before, I had a hard time with using the right grammar. Plus, my article was done only in three days, so I wrote anything that came up on my mind.

Mrs. Evi, my English teacher taught us how to use an online grammar checker, there were some, but Mrs. Evi herself uses Grammarly and it actually looks very easy to use. We were told to try it on our own typing devices. The thing is, I used an iPad, and it’s more or less just a bigger version of a mobile phone. Unfortunately, the grammar checker needs to be downloaded and it’s not mobile friendly. Yep, I had no choice but to try it at home on my computer. The iPad was heavy enough and I brought it for nothing 🙂

We also had the listening practice session this week. One thing that I noticed is that the TOEFL listening practice is harder than the IELTS one, for me personally. We had to listen to a quite long conversation or a monologue, anything, a long one and the person on the recording was talking really fast and I had no idea what they were talking about. Thank God, Mrs.Evi let us listen to the recording one more time so I got the points to answer the problems. Can’t imagine how I will do on the real test later.

Week 14 was fun. I need to work more on learning grammar properly so I can write better articles. Using online grammar checker is quite a big help for people like me who had only basic skills on using grammar. Also, more practices for the listening test is a good thing. Thanks for reading my journal. Have a nice day!

 

 

English Weekly Journal : Week 9 (+Draft Paragraph)

Next week is already time for midterm tests and here I am, not yet done with my assignments. I skipped a week of school to visit universities around Japan and it was so much fun, but now I regret it. I missed so many assignments at school and no time to rest. The most difficult one out of all the tasks is definitely the magazine article. As you all know already, I’m super bad at writing, so it was kind of hard for me. But then I realized if I try hard enough I can do anything I put my focus on, so then I went along and finished it after a week of overcoming all the challenges.

The story goes like this, we were told to write a magazine article about the challenges and rewards on starting a small business with the titled ‘Small Change’ with the minimum of 600 words to 900 words. Honestly speaking, I’m not good -at all- in writing long text like that. I have bad grammar skills and narrow vocabulary. I had a hard time to stop repeating the same words over and over again. I wrote things, read it, and erased it again. I need to overcome the ‘writer block’, but then again I was never in the mood to write anyway:”)) My brother wasn’t there to help me and it passed midnight already, I felt really bad if I had to ask my friends to help me. I had a week to work on it but I have only around four hours everyday to write the article. At some point, I ended up using my sleeping time(?) /cries/

Have you ever tried writing about something you have no idea what is it about? Yep, I did that. I have zero interest in business, therefore I did some research about running one. I chose pet shop business – I don’t know why, don’t ask me hehe – for my article. I lack information on how is it like to run a pet shop business or just business in general. I don’t have any relatives who run a business also. I gave up on writing at some point and started procrastinating .   .   .    .  ….   . like I always do.

Only after a day before deadline, I decided to ask a friend of mine on how to write it properly. It was too late (I wrote about 400 words already, and that was only the third paragraph :””)) ) but I had to finish it anyway. My friend told me to include facts about business and I put some. But I failed to do the most important thing, that is to make it as article-like as I can. I’m not into reading long article – a business related one on top of that-    so I had no idea how a business article is like. I wrote it like how I write my weekly journal, it was almost like a story. But then, I wrote anything that was on my mind and continue until I reached over 800 words (my writing probably made no sense :”)). I’m grateful and happy that I get to finished it on time. Writing the draft outlining was a great help for me. Thanks, Ms. Evi!

Now, I’m going to share my draft for the magazine article!

 

Keypoints :

  • Text type : an article from a business or lifestyle related magazine
  • Purpose : to discuss about starting a small business
  • Writer : as an owner of a small business ( I was thinking of writing about opening a pet shop or a cake shop)
  • Content : challenges and rewards of starting a small business
  • Tone : excitement but also worries
  • Length : 600-900 words

Points for draft

  • Layout of a magazine article (with an opening that talks about my business in general then go into the details on the next paragraphs), addressing the readers as ‘you’ to make it more friendly but still formal, there will be few business related terms used in the text
  • Write all the plus and negative points of starting a small business to make it neutral (not neutral but hmm I don’t know how to explain this), it will be a formal text but friendly and easy to read
  • Use hyperbole or metaphor to create a sense of excitement or worry, also to make it realistic and relate-able put an anecdote or someone’s experience in opening a small business, it is okay to use long and complex sentences to explain things that are hard to understand (like business related terms) in the article
  • Use rhetorical devices to make the writing more interesting, and include some business related facts like survey or stuffs
  • Challenges of starting a small business : competing with big names in the industry, when the business doesn’t make any profit, when the costumers stop coming or is disappointed, keeping the mood and excitement alive, lack of experience, fear in taking big risks, and so on.
  • Rewards of starting a small business : all the profits, having connections, meeting new good people, the experience, happy costumers, being a boss, spreading the wings of my business

Keypoints per paragraphs

  • Paragraph 1 : general introduction to how is it like/how it feels like to starts a                                            business, talk about the pet shop business I run, mention briefly about                              the challenges and rewards in starting a small business (in list of                                         three)
  • Paragraph 2 : more details about how I ended up with my pet shop business, how is                                the condition now, more details about my business
  • Paragraph 3 : Challenges ( lack of experience), talk about learning tips from books                                  and advices, anecdotes
  • Paragraph 4 : Challenges (advertising and money problems), talk about the power of                             advertising in social media and spreading words mouth – to-mouth,                                    managing money
  • Paragraph 5 : Challenges (tiring competition and keeping trust); trust in self, trust in                            partners, and trust with costumers; keep in check
  • Paragraph 6 : Rewards (in general), improve social skills, meeting new people (having                            connection), sharing happiness, being a boss, business to hand over,                                 getting profits, and offering jobs to people
  • Paragraph 7 : Rewards (plus points I get from opening the pet shop), meeting people                              with common interest, being happy by doing the job I love
  • Paragraph 8 : Concluding paragraph, there will be plus and negative points in                                            starting a business, mention briefly again about the challenges and                                     rewards

English Weekly Journal : Week 8

Back again with my weekly journal post, and it’s already week 8 of the first semester. Midterm test is just around the corner and lazy me haven’t start preparing yet. I’m not sure why, but I forgot to tell you all that I had my English formative test on the previous post hence I’m going to talk about it here. Also I will write the continuation for the super-long-article-drafting-thingy (it’s Writing for a Specific Audience or Typical Writing).

I had the formative test for English on week 7. Exactly just like how my friend said, it’s not THAT hard but there’s SO much to do. The test consists of multiple choices section, directed writing essay, and writing a journal. And again, clumsy me started working on the multiple choice section first, well, it’s mostly grammar related question, and you know how bad I am with grammar right? Yeah, you can imagine the time I spent on just one question. Ugh, I just hope I passed the standard score this time. Thank God though, the directed writing section was easier to do. We only had to do the same one as the one we did before. The restaurant review one if you are wondering, I posted about it on week 4 or 5. But well, like the saying ‘it’s not over ’till it’s over‘, that was exactly what I went through. On the last section, we had to write a 350 words (if I’m not wrong) long journal about all the things we learned in English Class for the past 6 weeks. Plus, we had to write it with pen, and I despise writing with pen since junior high school (not sure why, I just did, don’t ask). I had a hard time to think and write in just 15 minutes, as the result it was extremely disorganized and I didn’t even know what I wrote there, it probably didn’t make any sense, but thankfully I finished it right when the bell rang. I pray the best for my score :”))

Back to the main topic, we continued the draft for the small business article, but since I spent one meeting on week 7 to have my formative test, I didn’t get to join one meeting about this topic. That’s why it was kinda hard for me to work on it although the questions on the book were quite a help. Here are points from the questions that will help with that writing process if you are curious.

  • Conventions of a magazine article : form/layout/structure, typical modes of address to readers, likely vocabulary, turns of phrase, and so on.
  • Writer point of view : What to write about? What voice will I use? Level of formality?
  • Mood and Tone : examples or anecdotes, particular vocabulary, figures of speech, types of sentences, etc.
  • Purpose and Techniques of the writing : devices and ways of writing that will fit the text and purposes.
  • Content or Structure : what challenges and rewards will be mentioned in the article? How will I as the writer start, develop, and end my piece?

Ms.Evi told us to answer the points first before anything, so here is my small draft that I haven’t finished yet.

Keypoints :

  • Text type : an article from a business or lifestyle related magazine
  • Purpose : to discuss about starting a small business
  • Writer : as an owner of a small business ( I was thinking of writing about opening a pet shop or a cake shop)
  • Content : challenges and rewards of starting a small business
  • Tone : excitement but also worries
  • Length : 600-900 words

Points for draft

  • Layout of a magazine article (with an opening that talks about my business in general then go into the details on the next paragraphs), addressing the readers as ‘you’ to make it more friendly but still formal, there will be few business related terms used in the text
  • Write all the plus and negative points of starting a small business to make it neutral (not neutral but hmm I don’t know how to explain this), it will be a formal text but friendly and easy to read
  • Use hyperbole or metaphor to create a sense of excitement or worry, also to make it realistic and relate-able put an anecdote or someone’s experience in opening a small business, it is okay to use long and complex sentences to explain things that are hard to understand (like business related terms) in the article
  • Use rhetorical devices to make the writing more interesting, and include some business related facts like survey or stuffs
  • Challenges of starting a small business : competing with big names in the industry, when the business doesn’t make any profit, when the costumers stop coming or is disappointed, keeping the mood and excitement alive, lack of experience, fear in taking big risks, and so on.
  • Rewards of starting a small business : all the profits, having connections, meeting new good people, the experience, happy costumers, being a boss, spreading the wings of my business

Keypoints per paragraphs

  • Paragraph 1 : introduce the topic or issue, mention the shop I run, my feelings about                       opening the business, some facts about business related stuffs
  • Paragraph 2 : more details about why I ended up with my own shop, when did it open,                   how it is going now, fun facts
  • Paragraph 3 : Challenges ( lack of experience, time to set up), learning from books,                         asking around for advice
  • Paragraph 4 : Challenges (costs, ways of advertising, problems with stock and loans),                   spreading words around
  • Paragraph 5 : Challenges (competition with big names, when disappointing a                                   costumer or fail to satisfy the needs, when the competition gets dirty,                                keeping the excitement alive)
  • Paragraph 6 : Rewards (being my own boss, happy costumers, meeting new people)
  • Paragraph 7 : Rewards (business to hand over, maximizing my business
  • Paragraph 8 : Rewards (having connection)
  • Paragraph 9 : Concluding paragraph (Overview : has it been worth it?)

That was my unfinished draft, it’s not yet deep into the detail, and I plan to work on starting the writing process on week 10 since I got things to do on week 9 that is will be impossible for me to attend school for the whole week. Plus, I’m not yet ready for it. As always. I hope I won’t miss too much stuff. I will post my final draft and the writing result of the article on the next post. Thanks again for reading my journal. Have a nice day everyone!

 

 

English Weekly Journal : Week 7

Hi, everyone! I’m back again to share you few stories(?) (or is it experience(?), I’m not sure\0\) about things I learned in English class. I was very busy for the whole week, I had Student Council and like other things that (again) I forgot to post my weekly journal. First thing first, this is going to be super short, unlike usual. We had a day off if I’m not wrong, so we skipped one meeting for English Class. I do remember we had a grammar review session about Sentences and the super-long-article-drafting-thingy ( I don’t know a better name than this sorry), though.

I think I learned about types of sentences in elementary days not in English class, but Indonesian Language class. I’m not sure if it’s the same thing or not but it’s not that different. When I took notes in class, I tend to summarized it immediately so not everyone can understand. But I hope you do. So here’s my super-simple-but-hard to understand note about Sentences! I put some examples for each categories, but I’m not sure if it’s right or not hehe

SENTENCES

  • Simple Sentence : sentence consists of one clause (Subject + Predicate or Subject + Verb)

Example : My sister works for the government.

  • Compound Sentence: sentence with two or more independent clauses with Coordinate Conjunction (FANBOYS)

Example :  My sister loves taking pictures, but she doesn’t have a camera.

(The pictures below are taken from Ms.Evi’s presentation and I hope it helps!)

  • Complex Sentence : sentence consists of at least one independent clause + at least one dependent clause with Subordinate Conjunction

Example : I work as a dentist in Jakarta, which is super far from my house.

  • Compound Complex Sentence : sentences with at least 2 independent clauses + at least one dependent clause

Example : I live in Bogor, but I work as a dentist in Jakarta, which is super far from my                   house.

  • Sentence Fragment : sentence with no independent clause, may be an incomplete sentence

Example : As a dentist

As I said before, starting from this week we are going to start learning more about writing for a specific audience. Ms. Evi told us to read an example of a typical question that will came out on the Cambridge test on the book. The thing is, we have to write an article about the excitement and the worries of starting a small business with 600-900 words. After that, she wanted us to make a draft with a few questions that will help us with the writing process. And this is what I love about her class, we start step by step and not directly into writing the extremely long article that I believe I will spend a hard time with.

I will talk about the questions and my draft in the next post. I’m not yet ready to write that much in English so please pray for me hihi. I’m really sorry for posting things late than it should. I will continue to be better from now on. I wish everyone a pleasant day!

English Weekly Journal : Week 6

Well, after a few weeks, I’m finally back to post my weekly journal again. It’s super late I know, but I have so many things to do for the past 3 weeks that I don’t even have the time to sit, turning the computer on, and work on my weekly journal. I’m very sorry to Ms. Evi about this, I hope I can do better from now on.

Actually ( I hope this is right, someone told me about this before), we are not obliged to write the journal for week 6. But I thought it might not be pretty if I skip one week. So yeah, here I am. It’s gonna be reeeaaaally short because I remember we didn’t do much in week 6. Ms. Evi did some checking on our blogs, and I lowkey hope I passed the standard score for this task. (I mean you know how bad my writing is, and all the grammar errors ugh). Please do pray for me 🙂

Oh, on week 6 too, the schedule shows that there will be a formative test for English, unfortunately though, I had camping activities for the Student Council starting from Thursday, so I didn’t get to join my class and do the formative test on Friday. My friends said it’s not THAT hard but it takes time to work on everything. Time management is very important. I promised myself to keep that in mind when I do the test.

As far as I remember, that’s all for week 6. I originally planned to write about my camping experience too, but it’s supposed to be a secret hihihi. Oh, and one more thing, the next two posts will be super short. I just want to tell that in advance hehe. Thanks for reading my (super bad and disorganized) post! Have a nice day!

English Weekly Journal : Week 5

It’s almost September already, quizzes are around the corner and mid-semester test is getting closer, but I got so much work to do. This week’s post will be even shorter than usual. More because the schedule got changed so the class periods got weird and confusing and there was also an election for the Student Council President this week and we had to prepare for it. We learned about Mood and Tone completed with quiz, and some grammar review about Simple Past and Past Perfect for the week. It was hectic but I finally understand bits of ‘Mood and Tone’ for the quiz! Still not ready though.

In Grade 10, we learned about Simple Past and Past Perfect. As I told you on the first post, I’m super bad at grammar. I had a hard time every time we were told to write things in English. Thankfully I got the chance to learn more about grammar in class. But, Past and Present Perfect is especially difficult to understand, for me. We had to complete a fill in the blank questions and I got everything right. But when I had to make a sentence with Past Perfect in it, I had to correct it twice. It was hard to put words in sentences to show that there was something happening before something that happened in the past too. Wait, I can’t even understand what I just wrote. That is why -sometimes- I spent about 15 minutes before sleep to read about grammar related things. Didn’t learn much but I’m positive if I do it regularly, I can benefit(?) much from it.

Mrs. Evi, our English teacher, showed us a presentation about ‘Mood and Tone’ but I didn’t get a thing about the difference between Mood and Tone. So, Mrs. Evi told us to read the slides she shared on her blog (you can check it out here https://evisofiawati11e.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/tone-vs-mood-1/ , here https://evisofiawati11e.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/tone-and-mood-2/ , and here https://evisofiawati11e.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/tone-vs-mood-4/ it helps me A LOT ) to prepare for the quiz on Wednesday. Wait, okay, I had to talk about this. My class supposed to have the second English class of the week on Friday, but the new schedule put English on Monday and the second meeting on Wednesday, so we only had less than two days (?) to study the slides. But thanks to Mrs. Evi’s slides I can now differentiate between Mood and Tone. To make it simple, Tone is the author’s voice or attitude and Mood is the atmosphere or the feelings you get when reading the text. So mood depends on the tone used in the text. I hope that’s right, please do correct me if I’m wrong.

We had the quiz on Wednesday, for only 15 minutes. I would be lying if I say it’s easy, but it’s not that hard either. I only get to read the slides once (I had a bunch of things to do the past days) but I’m positive I can score more than 70 points. I hope so. The classes this week were short but it was fun. I promise myself to always improve all my lacking parts(?) and I believe you all do to. Have a nice day readers! Thank you all!