Tuesday, 24 March 2009


Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India, on October 2nd 1869. His father died when he was still a teenager. At the age of 13 he married Kasturba Gandhi who was three years younger and the marriage lasts for 62 years until her death in 1944.

As a young man Gandhi left India to study law in London. Then he spent two decades working in South Africa securing rights for Indian expatriates. It was during this time that his political reform through non-violence which he called Satyagraha was born. This movement meant resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa, total non violence, which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. This way, when he returned to India, Mohandas Gandhi emerged as a political and religious leader in the fight for independence from Great Britain and was accorded the country's Father of the Nation. India freed itself from Britain on August 15th, 1947. Five months later, on January 25th, 1948 Gandhi was shot by a conservative Hindu.

Saturday, 7 March 2009


“LIFE IN 2050”

Level : Form 4 (Intermediate and advanced)
Time : 70 minutes

Aims :

By the end of the lesson, students should be able to obtain, process and use information from the website and present the information in written form through posting it in Yahoo! Group.

Technical Requirements:

One computer per 2-3 students, with an Internet connection and a web browser. Each student or group should have joined the class Yahoo!Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/o_emp



1. Locate site offering information on life in 2050.

2. Check site before the lesson.

3. Make sure students have joint the Yahoo! Group

4. Prepare task and worksheet to be answered by students


1. Teacher asks students to describe how the world would be like in 2050.

2. Teacher relates the discussion to today’s lesson.

3. Students are sent to the chosen website

(http://articles.famouswhy.com how_will_life_in_2050_be_like_/)

4. Teacher instructs students to read the article ‘How will life in 2050 be like?’ by Cristina Nuta.

5. Using the worksheet given, students are asked to extract main ideas from the text.

6. Teacher discusses the exercise with the students.

7. Each group is then asked to sign-in the Yahoo! Group and follow the instruction posted.

8. Teacher guides each group.

9. Every message will be first read by the teacher (the administrator of the group) before being approved and posted in the group.

10. Teacher discusses with students the activity conducted.

Follow-up activity:
Step 7 is not expected to be finished in the classroom. Student are given 2-day duration for them to post their answer.

* In the next lesson, students are to write an essay on the same topic based on the extracted main ideas, yet in their own version of writing.


Hi students! I'm sure that all of you have read the article `How will life in 2050 be like?' by Cristina Nuta. I believe all of you have already mastered the main ideas presented in the article.

Now, I want you to state your agreement or disagreement on one of the main ideas written in the article. Do state your reason(s) why you choose to agree or disagree upon certain points discussed in the article. You may also add any other relevant supporting details that could be reached by your imagination! Be creative!

Your answer must at least be 80 words in length.

Let me show you a sample of how you should go about doing it...

Main Idea 3: Transportation in 2050

It is stated in the article that cars will run on new, clean fuels and they will go very fast. Cars will have computers to control the speed of the car and there won't be any accidents. I totally DISAGREE with this statement. I strongly believe that human factor is the greatest determinant in causing road accident, regardless how wonderfully-technology-equipped the car is. However, I agreed that one day the computer will control the car and drive it to our destination…..