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Shared Writing

Effective teaching emphasizes on teaching at the point of writing, which focuses on demonstrating and exploring the decisions writers make as the writing happens. It is necessary for teachers to guide the students through the whole process by modelling the way a writer thinks through shared writing session. By so doing, the writing process will become familiar and fully understood by all students.
Shared writing refers to whole-class composition. It is a strategy that slows down the writing process and demonstrates and models for learners the way a writer needs to think. Because writing is a private and personal act, it is challenging to find a teaching strategy that intervenes at the point of writing, but shared writing does just this. It makes the invisible processes used by good writers visible to the students. 
As the students become involved, allow them to make suggestions—consider them and make decisions about which ones to adopt. Ask them to draft the writing orally by rehearsi…

Tips for ESL Students in Malaysia

When you are writing an essay for examination purpose, it is good to be ambitious but being correct is more important because your marks depend on it!

"How to be correct?"
1. Understand and remember the tenses and the subject-verb agreement.
"So many, I got confused!"
You don't have to know all, just the basic (simple, continuous and perfect tenses) but use them correctly and effectively.

2. Understand and remember English sentence structures.

Basic structure: (subject+verb+object)       
Example: The young ladylovesthe song.

3 types of sentences
Simple: The young lady loves the song.
Compound: The young lady loves the song, but her brother hates it.
Complex: Although the young lady loves the song, her brother hates it.