English Weekly Journal : Week 16

Hello!

It’s the end of the week and I have plenty times to work on my late journals hehe. If I’m in the mood then I’ll post about week 17 directly after this. Well, it’s time to work! Chop chop!

From what I remember nothing much happened in week 16. We had the same old TOEFL listening practices, which I had a hard time with, and a simple activity to learn about topic sentences. Oh, and the text types group presentation session too.

Just like the previous practices, the TOEFL listening practice was still hard for me. I’m not sure whether it was because the room was small so the sound was a bit “stuffed” (okay how am I supposed to explain this, let’s just say it’s kind of resounding(???)) or was it because I probably had problems with my hearing. I don’t know, let’s just hope I can do better in the next quizzes to come.

We also did a small activity to study a bit about topic sentence. Topic sentence is the sentences that talks about the main idea of the paragraph, usually it’s in the start of the paragraph, the first sentence. It is important to learn about topic sentence, because using it in writing a long article is a very big help for the readers to summarize the whole piece without needing to read it over and over again. It was quite fun, we were given few problems about topic sentences from a website, if I’m not wrong. I’ll search for it again later, when I have time, to practice my skill.

I had the presentation for the text type this week too. Believe it or not, my partner was absent for the whole week. She was away on a camping trip (?) to Jogja. In the end, I had to do the presentation alone and since I didn’t really understand the characteristics of character portraits, I didn’t talk much hehe. Oh, when other groups are giving their presentation, we had to write the points of each text types on a piece of paper too.

I had so many things to do that week that I can’t really remember much today hehe, sorry. Have a nice day everyone!

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English Weekly Journal : Week 15

Hi!

For this week, we continued working on the Small Change article, listening quiz, and started a new topic about Text Types.

If you read my posts starting from around 5 to 6 weeks ago, you might wonder why we haven’t finish working on the article yet. The thing is, writing an article is not an easy thing to do, more like writing in general. It’s not only brainstorming and the you write it down. There are steps you need to do to make it a perfect piece of writing.

To make a perfect-planned-structured writing, it all starts with brainstorming the ideas. When you know the big theme of the writing, it’s easy to brainstorm the ideas and make the topic more focused on one thing only. In this case, my Small Change article talks about the reward and challenges in starting a new business. Using mind map can be a big help for brainstorming. The next process is outlining the paragraphs, your ideas are arranged in points on each paragraph. Next is to do the drafting, you write the article based on the outline. Followed by the revising and editing process. Check the grammar, capital letters, and punctuation marks used in your articles. Using online grammar checker can also be a big help. After that is proofreading, read your revised article from start to finish. Peer proofreading is also a way to help you write as your friends can make a comment on your writing. After all the process, the last thing to do is, of course, publish the writing. Be it on your blogs, magazines, or anything.

In short, the process goes like this :

  1. Brainstorming ideas
  2. Outlining paragraphs
  3. Drafting
  4. Revising and Editing
  5. Proofreading
  6. Publishing

We were supposed to do the peer proofreading for the Small Change article this week, but some of us forgot to print out the article. So, Ms.Evi had no choice but to postpone it.

This week, we also start a new topic on Text Types. We learned about Letters, Diaries, Autobiography and memoirs, Biography and character portraits, Articles and features, Reviews and writing to comment, Speeches, voice-over scripts, and debates, Promotional texts, and Campaign Literature.

We did a project, we had to make a mind map about one of the text types and make it prettily. My partner and I got biography and character portraits. This is how our mind map looks like. I think it’s quite pretty!

Actually, we had to do a presentation about our topic in front of the class. But the time was up right before my turn, plus my partner was absent that day. So, I had to do the presentation on the next week.

Oh, I almost forgot about the listening quiz. We had the TOEFL listening quiz this week, I was not confident at all about my results, out of 8 questions I got 2 wrong answers. I had a hard time since we only got to listen to the recording once because it is a quiz and not just a practice. I hope I can do much better next time.

Week 15 was fun although I was really busy. I hope I can continue to work on improving my writing, listening, and speaking skills. Thanks for reading. 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 4

Yay, it’s the fourth week of the semester! There’s nothing to celebrate ( I had my birthday last week so never mind), but let’s all be happy over little things that happened in our life to keep the positive vibes around hihi. This week, we are still into studying about Directed Writing, more listening practices, and a new topic about Writing for a Specific Audience. The classes were fun, and I think it’s getting better every week! Not my writing skill though.

I didn’t get to talk about this on the last post, so I’ll talk about it now hehe. There are two types of Directed Writing, the first one is Same Style, Different Context, and the later one is Same Material, Different Perspective. Because we learned how to analysed the questions a week before, it’s easier for me to compare the differences between the two types of Directed Writing. The luck was not on my favor as we had to practice making the text, and unfortunately, my seatmate got sick, and I had to do it alone. So yeah, I tried making the text by myself. The thing is, we had to make an opening of a positive review about a restaurant described by another reviewer on the book, but it was a negative review. Based on the question, it was classified as “Same Material, Different Perspective” type of Directed Writing. Meh, so here’s how mine ends up. It’s bad I know.

            “As a big fan of the middle ages era, this week’s restaurant is something I look forward to. The lovely Georgian house oozes out a homey vibe that reminds me of my Mom’s cooking, but strangely reminds me of the time I spent in History Class back in high school at the same time. Warm smiles welcomed me along with a very inviting smell of sweet desserts. An image of hot, and puffy pastry comes into mind as I step into the brightly lit hallway. Oh yes, yes I’m loving this already. The bright hallway leads me to an even brighter dining area with fluffy looking sofas and comforting music, the one that I enjoy to send me to sleep on rainy days. I can see myself keeping a special memory in my heart for this lovely place. I’ll probably found myself going back here to calm my mind, or maybe have a date when I finally found the love of my life, maybe? Even the name “Spoon a Soup” sounds lovely to the ears.”

              We did a discussion on a few things on the book that will be related to the new topic we learned on the second meeting with Mrs. Evi. It was called Writing for a Specified Audience on the book but I wrote it as Writing for a Specific Audience. We learned about the level of formality according to who will the reader be. Just like how it is different when we talk with our friends and when we talk with our parents. We didn’t do much. But the slide for ‘Mood and Tone’ left me confused. Moreover, we had quiz about it on the following week. We actually learned about ‘Mood and Tone’ back in Grade 10, although even then I know nothing about it. We did some group work to practice about tone of voice. I worked with Dilla -my seatmate who got sick on the last meeting (fortunately that day she was fine and well – and laughing) – to make dialogue with an annoyed tone. We kept on laughing when we performed in front of the class. Didn’t know why. The guys behind me were so funny that me and Dilla didn’t get to practice much HAHAHA.

           This week was fun, I can’t get over how the guys behind me and Dilla made such funny dialogue with an angry tone. But, I’m scared for the quiz next week though. I don’t know a thing about ‘Mood and Tone’ so I have to study hard but I got work to do huh. I hope I can keep this positive vibe with me until the next meeting, and so do you guys. Have a good day everyone!

English Weekly Journal : Week 3

       It’s already the third week, and I’m still not sure how to write this post properly- structured, with correct grammar, understandable (?)- I don’t know. This post will be a bit shorter than usual, because seriously, I don’t know what and how to write things (this is sad I know). Now, into the main topic, we learned about Directed Writing and we also did some listening practice for IELTS ( was it IELTS I’m not really sure myself) for this week. If I have to choose between Commentary Writing and Directed Writing, well, by 90 to 10, I will choose Directed Writing over Commentary Writing. It’s not that it’s easier or what – let’s just say it’s familiar? Yeah, right.

     The word “familiar’ – for no reason – reminds me of the proverb in bahasa, “tak kenal maka tak sayang“- like before, I’m not sure of the English translation so I’ll tell you later. Just like the proverb said, Mrs. Evi asked us to try to understand  the questions on the book first, before jumping into answering and writing the text. If we have no idea what exactly we are supposed to do (by taking zero attention to the questions maybe), how are we going to get the right answer, then? That is why, in my opinion, it’s definitely right to know things related to the questions first before practicing the writing. On the Cambridge test paper later (there will be two papers, and Directed Writing is included in the first one with Commentary Writing as the first task, if I’m not wrong, I hope so), there are five points to keep a look on the second task about Directed Writing. The first one is the writer, followed by the purpose, the style, the length of the text, and the last one is the context. If we can point out each of these aspects from the questions, working on Directed Writing will be easier for sure. We didn’t practice writing it though, not yet I guess, but we repeated over and over again on how to take all the aspects from the questions, and yes it helped me  a lot.

As I said before, we did some listening practice for IELTS (forgive me if I’m wrong) test. It was done before we jump into Directed Writing, but honestly there’s nothing much to talk about it. Forgive me T^T. But hey, it was my first time doing the listening test with such difficulty. I did one for IGCSE before- it was fine, nothing really hard- so I kind of expect this one to be similar, but unfortunately, it’s not. No, not even close. The people speaking on the recording was talking quite fast that it was kind of undecipherable (is that even a word) HAHAHA. Surprisingly, I only got one incorrect answer for mistaking 290 for 280 (and I blame the woman on the recording for that).

This week was fun. I like it, it was calm and like nothing much happened. I enjoyed Directed Writing ( by lots), and the listening practice too. I’m looking forward to the next listening practice and also hoping for a perfect score on the quiz. As I’m not good in writing, deep in my heart (lowkey???), I don’t look forward to practice making Directed Writing, but hey let’s all stay positive. Please do forgive all my typos and grammar errors, I’ll work hard to be a better writer? HAHA, see ya on the next post, have a nice day!