My assignment for this subject has a few questions. One part is about making sentences based on a picture. The other part is to film a video – a scene asking a friend to come by for dinner. I have a few Chinese friends at work but the challenge is to find time to make that video. I find that we can squeeze at least 15 to 20 mins creating the video nearing the time to punch out at work.
Students are required to write the script in Pinyin but first I created the storyline and dialogue in English. I read all the chapters in my module and tried to incorporate all the different elements of everyday speech into the story.
I translated English into Chinese using sentences in the OUM module or Google Translate. Using Google translate is inaccurate though. Especially if you type it using the English sentence (grammar) cause the translated lines would be jumbled up.
This was evident when I asked my Chinese friend to help check if the dialogue is OK. Turned out I had a lot of corrections to do.
I tried to memorize my lines for the scene but gave up. I couldn’t be sure if I could even memorize the dialogue in English, what more in Chinese. So, I placed the script on the table. It was printed in really huge fonts.
I recorded my video with my Samsung A32 and a mini microphone I bought from Shopee to enhance the audio.
Obviously, there were loads of bloopers as my OCD Chinese friend had to correct a lot of my pronunciations. Ha ha ha. Behind the scenes, it was a session full of roaring laughter.
This subject is graded 100% from coursework and online quizzes. A former student once said during the orientation week that the quiz is a given mark. It is an open book test in which all you need to do is to be quick in searching for information. Indeed, just like that 10% is already in my hands which can be a deciding factor in whether I get an A or B.
The evaluation is divided into three parts. An essay, quiz and task-based assignment.
The essay wanted learners to identify two software or apps we frequently use in our everyday lives. The essay also wanted us to elaborate on how to use it in business based on our experiences. This was something we felt a bit tricky. I mean, what if our daily activities using this app do not include any business transactions. This matter was clarified with the e-tutor and after his own clarification with the head module – the word business is deemed to mean “urusan”. If it makes any sense. Not exclusively to activities involving money exchange.
I chose WhatsApp and Google chrome as my app of choice. My understanding of the subject is reflected in the essay and examples. I just wish that the e-grader would be able to grasp my points as I can be quite scatter-brained when it comes to academic writing.
While some people have never watched Star Wars, there is also a population who have not seen a P Ramlee movie. Which is me.
My assignment for the TITAS module requires watching the Nujum Pak Belalang film and analysing the whole thing. I was determined to do well. Students were given the Youtube link.
I downloaded the assignment question together with its rubric. The essay was of course to be written up in Bahasa Melayu. It took me a while to grasp back the flair in writing Malay academically. I even looked for inspiration to construct better sentences and vocabularies at my local public library. That has got to be the first time I ever set foot at the place.
As of now, my stepwise approach to doing my assignment is by;
Reading around the topic – so I could get hold of the keywords that commonly come up when discussing that issue
Once I’ve gathered the keywords, it would be easier to search the literature in my digital library. OUM has a great online library. I really love its features.
Since we have a student google account attached to our student email, I save this literature in a folder on my Drive.