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GROW A SEED – a child a future

-> Wholesome education is much needed

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These days towards the end of 1st term schooling year, many schools had their students assessment result known. I received a phone-call from a friend who told me that his 6yo son in kindergarten scored 100% marks in most of the papers tested. I was speechless as to whether I should congratulate or praise him over the ‘hi-scores’ he could achieved. She called maybe because one of my son is in the same age as hers and wants me to say that his child is an excellent performer.

Thus, it is pertinent that we reassess the values our society places on examinations and marks in this 21st century of living. We must recognized that examinations are not the sole and only instruments for competition and comparison. The marks or grades a student obtains just tell him how much of the knowledge areas tested he has mastered. His marks and grades have nothing to do with the marks and grades of his classmates. There is no need to compare, much less to compete.

Well schooled and well educated are 2 different things. What is important is that each child should be encouraged to work hard and exploit his potential to the fullest from the very beginning. Parents can play a role in providing them proper guidance and coach in bringing out their potentials.

Children should be relieved of the pressure to perform exceptionally well in all and many other subjects. If the society as a whole known and taught the true purpose of examinations and education from the very beginning,  we will be surprised at how easy and fun the learning could be in their schooling years.

As the saying goes: “What we have known is just the palm size, there are still ocean big of knowledge we have yet to explore”.  A child’s schooling and education should help to prepare him on a wholesome basis. The moment he leaves school and enters the work place, he will be evaluated on everything else.


-> Breakfast – A healthy head start

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Can kids concentrate in learning if they are left to school with empty stomach? Well, it is known that they can’t. It is crucial to give the children the best during the formative years from ages one to six, as your child begins to develop physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. A Chinese proverb says, “What you eat is shown on your face; what you wear is shown on your body.” Thus, we could imagine how important it is of what we eat.

We had frequently heard this saying: “Want to be more competent in class or score higher on a test – eat breakfast.”  What to change and adopt a more healthier family lifestyle, simply “breaks” the overnight “fast” and have the morning meal together with your spouse and children. Eating breakfast kick-starts your body into action and help your brain work best.

Suggestion: Make an egg sandwich with 1 scrambled egg on 2 slices of wholemeal bread spread with butter. It makes a fast and healthy breakfast choice.


-> LIVING SKILLS How to acquire

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Why do we educate ourselves? Why do parents spend so much money giving their children and education? Why is there so much emphasis on the acquisition of a degree? The only answer you get is “to get a good job so that you earn lots of money”. But is this happening? Are our kids getting the right kind of education, one which will give them a great job and an even greater career path?

Looking at the present environment, I shudder when I think about the job opportunities being few and far between for young graduates who possess the qualifications. Graduates are educated but do not get the jobs because they lack the most important ingredients for the job market – living skills for the corporate environment.

Our educators have only now caught on that what is taught in university and what is needed in the corporate world have little correlation. The only graduates who have some hope of securing jobs are those who are professionally trained.

What are the living skills that everyone is talking about? These skills are basically elements of social and business etiquette and good manners that are required for the conduct of one in society in the social and business worlds. And how do you learn these skills? It begins at home, from early as a year old, right through school, university and later on in the organisation that employs. This is also called corporate culture.

Briefly, here’s what everyone should know in order to be selected for a job, be it his first or the top job.

The  way you present yourself is your personal advertisement to the outside world and these include:

  • Physical characteristics
  • Clothes
  • Grooming

First impressions are made by the way you dress, by your tone of voice and by your mannerisms. When you wear jeans and a T-shirt to an interview, you are telling the organisation that you cannot be bothered about their corporate dress code and you did not even take the trouble to dress appropriately for the occasion. But how do you know all this if you are not prepared for it during your three or more years in university?

This is the non-verbal skill that is so vital. We never realise that our customers get irritated or offended with our facial expressions. You can easily show your displeasure or even discrimination by your body language even without realising it. And you wonder where you went wrong. The elements of body language are:

  • Mannerisms
  • Posture
  • Gesture
  • Personal Space

Every country has their own interpretation of gestures and mannerisms. If you are a travelling executive, you should be aware of these gestures so that you do not offend. International protocol has often been breached because of someone’s insensitivity. With globalisation, this information is vital for our survival in the business world.

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-> Shyness in adult and how to overcome

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Many people falter due to their apprehensions. Some hang their heads low because they are simply too afraid to approach their desired romantic prospects or their chosen social circles. Others crumble at the face of an audience, especially when delivering speeches. Some people also see themselves fit in a particular job but are simply too shy to pass their CVs and apply. Clearly, shyness keeps people from getting what they want and hinders them from unleashing their full potential.

Shyness comes in various forms. At first glance, some people may appear confident but they may suddenly succumb to shyness when placed in a particular situation such as seeing their crush, talking in front of a large crowd, or stating their opinions in front of their peers.

If you wish to banish your shyness away, here methods that you can apply to overcome this simple problem and take charge of your life’s master plan. [Read more →]


-> Language Tips

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6 Foreign expressions you should know

Whether you like it or not, foreign expressions represent an integral part of the English language (and of many other languages, too). Knowing the meaning and usage of the most used ones is very important.

First of all because it will enable you to understand pieces of text that include them. Secondly, because you might also need to use those expressions in particular situations (avoid using them just to sound smart, though).

Here are foreign expressions commonly used in English:

1. De facto – A Latin expression that means “actual” (if used as an adjective) or “in practice” (if used as an adverb). De facto (by practice) is the opposite of de jure (by law).

2. Vis-a-Vis – The literal meaning of this French expressions is “face to face” (used as an adverb). It is used more widely as a preposition, though, meaning “compared with” or “in relation to”.

3. Status quo – This famous Latin expression means “the current or existing state of affairs”. If something changes the status quo, it is changing the way things presently are.

4. Cul-de-sac – This expressions was originated in England by French-speaking aristocrats. Literally, it means “bottom of a sack”, but generally it refers to a dead-end street. “Cul-de-sac” can also be used metaphorically to express an action that leads to nowhere or an impasse. Example: “A cul-de-sac of poverty” (The Economist)

5. Per-se – A Latin expressions that means “by itself” or “intrinsically”.

6. Ad hoc – “Ad hoc”, borrowed from the Latin, can be used both as an adjective, where it means “formed or created with a specific purpose”, and as an adverb, where it means “for the specific purpose or situation”.

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-> TV-watching guidelines

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Monitoring your child’s TV Viewing

• Limit the amount of TV your child watches. More than two hours a day is too much. To make it seem to your child that he’s watching more — and to keep his little brain from going on autopilot as he watches — break up viewing into ten- to 15-minute increments. You should also keep the television out of your child’s bedroom and turned off during mealtimes.

• Avoid setting a firm TV time “allowance” for your child. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s surprisingly effective. You may want to let your child come to you when he wants to watch and keep to yourself what the absolute maximum is. That way, you’ll avoid tacitly sending the message that there’s a certain amount he “should” be watching.

• Make television physically inconvenient. Too often, television is a backdrop to family life: It blares away in the den or great room while the kids are playing, Mom’s cooking, or the family is eating. Consider putting the TV in a small, out-of-the-way room in the house (on the second floor, if you have one). Another way to keep the TV from being front and center: Keep it in a cabinet that remains closed when the TV is off.

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-> Computer Literacy A Must For All

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Computer literacy has become essential in helping people of all ages go further in their education and career. SEGI University College vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhamad Awang said being computer-literate had become unavoidable with people being increasingly dependent on technology in every aspect of life.

“Not so long ago, for a student to possess basic computer skills was considered a significant asset. However, with the growing use of personal computers and technology in the home, classroom and workplace, it is assumed that such skills are instilled at a young age,” he said.

“It was most beneficial for future generations to begin their information technology (IT) education at an early age so that they could become comfortable and confident with its uses and applications,” he added.

Thus, we strive to provide quality English learning courses at all levels – English Language For Children, English Language For Young Adults and English Language For Professionals, be it at home or in the classroom.

Moreover, we are well-aware of the importance of instilling the youths of tomorrow with the appropriate knowledge of English language and its importance. With this in mind, we feel that Cambridge English language courses delivered with the use of ICT (Information Communication Technology) indeed are an advantageous investment in a student’s future.


-> Pros and Cons of Home Schooling

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Is home schooling such a great ideas as when you first thought about it? There are many things to consider before taking this decision especially because it is about your child and his future.

One of the good things about home schooling is that the child receives the attention he needs. It is a well know fact that pupils are not equal n terns of understanding the material they are being taught. Ina class of twenty children it is much more difficult for the teacher to stop and explain everything from the beginning to a single child that is falling behind while at home this is absolutely possible. Moreover the child that needs additional attention will not feel bad about asking for another explanation of the lesson in front the whole class.

Speaking of attention to one child only it is worth to mention that home schooling gives the freedom to have a lesson as long as appropriate. Some children cannot stay focused for a long time. In any school the lessons are with fixed duration so the child will have to stay until the end although there is no point in this. At home the teacher can estimate if the child is capable of listening and remembering the lesson and adjust the lesson duration in accordance. Moreover subjects that are interesting for the child can be extended and this way the child will actually learn something extra. [Read more →]


-> Embrace Our Children For Future

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With the boom of computer & miniature electronic devices, the aptitude for mental computational skills are in decline.

Recent studies show that the skills of pupils are getting worse and worse. In one of the study, tested 106 Final year students of primary school? in mental addition and subtraction (within the limits of 20), multiplication and division (within the limits of 100). Standard tables including 64 elementary operations on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division were used for determination of the level of the skills.

The results turned out worrying: 52% of the sample has failed in addition and subtraction; 75% of the sample has failed in multiplication and division. In comparison with the data which had been obtained five years ago there is considerable deterioration (25 – 30 %). The investigations show that all of these pupils have no chances to understand and master more complicated topics. If the trend will not change, very soon school math will turn into “knowledge for minions of fortune” and will become a sort of magic for other pupils. [Read more →]


-> Up to parents to bring up well-mannered kids

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Raising a child with discipline, love, good manners and respect is always the parents’ role.

Moreover, it is also the parents’ responsibility to spend a bit of quality time with a child before he grows up and has a life of his own.

Unfortunately, it is very sad to see many parents in this day and age say they have no time to spare for their children all because of work. In addition, some parents think teachers and housemaids are perfect substitutes to help raise their children.

Some even buy materials such as toys and the latest gadgets as a way to show their love towards their children. It is wrong to think that way. They should understand that they bring a child into this world to be raised and nurtured with responsibility. [Read more →]