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Kamis, 20 September 2012

Be Happy as an English Teacher

As  an English second language teacher, Mas Katno Giri tries to be happy in teaching and learning English. Even though  he is not smart enough, but he is able to motivate  his student and himself to be better. He states that  Teaching English is time and energy-intensive.

As an English teacher  experience different events everday. sometimes bad, sometimes good or  funny. And we get affected by our school life carrying it in our private lives.We'd better get used to live with it or change our approaches to be HAPPY
We  should;
- find magic ways to motivate the ones  and ourselves.
- ignore your ''course book''(If you teach in a state school:)
- have fun with any game that little monsters want to play over and over without a slight sign of boredom
- act like a singer,actor,author, a friend  and a little kid..
- preapare yourself to meet overinterested / uninterested / interesting parents
- have enough eqipment and ICT tools in your classes
- learn to be patient or patient
- bear with usual dialogues produced half in Indonesian  and half in English
- smile at  students who did not do their homework, maybe electricity went off ..
- have fun while spending your time with colourful papers,pictures,stickers,worksheets and games
- Share your experiences with your collegues esp. teachers of foreign languages.
- have always a hope inside you for the moment all students become a perfect learners.
- have a reason to teach and and give them a reason to learn


As a matter  of  the fact, Mas Katno Giri are still poor to comprehend reading texts.  He is really aware. However, he never stop learning. He has learned how to improve his reading skill.

He is inspired by Kenneth Beare. He is  an ESL teacher, trainer, and content developer from USA.  He gives tips and   guide to improve your reading.  He states  that one of the best tips on improving reading is to think about how you read in your own language. Start by thinking about how you read different documents. How do you read the newspaper? How do you read novels? How do you read train schedules? and so on. Taking time to think about this will help give you clues on how to read in English - even if you don't understand every single word.

Reading in English is like reading in your native language. This means that it is not always necessary to read and understand each and every word in English. Remember that reading skills in your native language and English are basically the same.
Here is a quick overview of the four types of reading skills used in every language:
Skimming - used to understand the "gist" or main idea Scanning - used to find a particular piece of information Extensive reading - used for pleasure and general understanding Intensive reading - accurate reading for detailed understanding

You can use these reading skills in a number of ways to improve other areas of English learning such as pronunciation, grammar and increasing vocabulary.
Next, review your understanding of these four basic reading skills. If you teach an English course, you can use these quick review texts in class, as well as this lesson plan focusing on identifying reading skills.

Skimming is used to quickly gather the most important information, or 'gist'. Run your eyes over the text, noting important information. Use skimming to quickly get up to speed on a current business situation. It's not essential to understand each word when skimming.
Examples of Skimming:
  • The Newspaper (quickly to get the general news of the day)
  • Magazines (quickly to discover which articles you would like to read in more detail)
  • Business and Travel Brochures (quickly to get informed)
Scanning is used to find a particular piece of information. Run your eyes over the text looking for the specific piece of information you need. Use scanning on schedules, meeting plans, etc. in order to find the specific details you require. If you see words or phrases that you don't understand, don't worry when scanning.
Examples of Scanning
  • The "What's on TV" section of your newspaper.
  • A train / airplane schedule
  • A conference guide
This lesson plan focusing on scanning reading skills can be of help in practicing these skills on your own or in printed out for in-class use.
Extensive reading
Extensive reading is used to obtain a general understanding of a subject and includes reading longer texts for pleasure, as well as business books. Use extensive reading skills to improve your general knowledge of business procedures. Do not worry if you understand each word.
Examples of Extensive Reading
  • The latest marketing strategy book
  • A novel you read before going to bed
  • Magazine articles that interest you
This lesson focusing on improving vocabulary through extensive reading can be of help putting these skills into practice.
Intensive reading
Intensive reading is used on shorter texts in order to extract specific information. It includes very close accurate reading for detail. Use intensive reading skills to grasp the details of a specific situation. In this case, it is important that you understand each word, number or fact.
Examples of Intensive Reading
  • A bookkeeping report
  • An insurance claim
  • A contract
Now that you've reviewed the four reading skills, take this reading skills quiz to help you improve reading skills through understanding of these basic reading types.


Seingat MasSukatno Giri, dia bukan tipe pendendam.  Karena dia sadar bahwa dendam tak ada untungnya. Daripada  dendam mending memicu diri supaya lebih baik. Dendam menurutnya menghabiskan energi. Munculnya dendam karena seseorang tidak mampu berpikir secara  rasional, cerdas, positif dan efektif.

Pendendam  menjadi lebih berenergi karena dibantu  energi setan  (ENERTAN). Sedangkan pemaaf dibantu Allah s.w.t lewat malaikatNya. Jadi biasanya seseorang yang cenderung mampu berpikir secara rasional   positif diberi kekuatan oleh Allh s.w.t.  menjadi lebih ok.

Namun kenyataanya  ada beberapa orang (mungkin kebanyakan wanita) lebih mudah dendam, mungkin ini disebabkan karena  wanita tersebut tidak mampu menggunakan akal sehatnya secara maksimal. Orang yang tidak mampu berpikir logis, spiritualis, dan possitif akan cenderung menjadi manusia yang ingkar kepada Allah s.w.t.