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THE RULES OF CAPITAL LETTER

December 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Unique FontsCapital letters are commonly known to be used in the first word of every sentence. But, besides that, capital letters are also used for the name of people, places, and many more. Here are the complete lists of the usage of capital letters.

Capitalize name of people (including his/her title)

Examples:

  1. Thomas Alfa Edison
  2. Mr. Bill Gates
  3. Professor Williams
  4. Dr. Joseph

Capitalize name of a country, name of areas (including streets, buildings), languages, political regions, specific geographical locations, organizations, and courses

Examples:

  1. Germany, French, Italy
  2. English, Chinese, Telugu
  3. Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, The Grand Opera House, Eiffel Tower
  4. Uluru National Park, Bogor Botanic Garden, Sahara Desert, Seine River, Java Island, Sunda Strait, Pacific Ocean, Mount Merapi
  5. First Avenue, Oak Street
  6. Southeast Asia, Middle East, Far East, Northern Territory
  7. United Nations, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, Python Programming Course,

Capitalize names of days, months, and holidays

Example:

  1. Sunday
  2. September
  3. Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day

TEACHING ENGLISH WITH BRITISH COUNCIL (Part 2)

May 26, 2012 Leave a comment

ENHANCE YOUR STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILL WITH STORY MAKER

Still, I’m going to review one of good services related to teaching and learning English provided by www.teachingenglish.org.uk. This time, I will love to write about “Story Maker” that I found in http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/ section.

Story Maker is actually provided for teachers who are teaching English for kids, especially to help teachers and students to make instant but good stories. The basic concept of this flash-based application was so simple: generating simple ideas into full version of stories. There are 3 choices of story backgrounds that can be used to generate stories: mystery/horror, fairy, and science fiction.

No special requirements to use this application, but you need stable internet connection to access it. Then, visit the site: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/. There, you will find the categories to choose. For example, choose the science fiction. After you choose it, you will be guided to a new page of application where you should choose some stuffs as the place settings, the name of characters, the scenery, creatures you might find, etc. In the end, you will get a story with place setting, character’s name, and scenery as you choose in the previous pages. It is so interesting.

Although Story Maker is more suitable to use in teaching kids, but I think it can be used to teach teenagers as well, especially to guide and stimulate them who feel lack of writing capability to write in the right order (applying 5 W + 1 H concept). But, because it’s too much instant and works based on a template, it cannot be used as a writing reference or main writing tool. It’s only a kind of help in practicing a writing activity by rising fantasy or ability to imagine something to be written as a story.

PHOTO-BLOGGING: ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRING

April 30, 2012 1 comment
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Photo-blogging, have you ever heard about that? Talking about blogging, you may remember a personal web site service by Blogger, WordPress, Multiply, etc.

Since the beginning of 2000’s, and for years, people use free blogging services such a WordPress or blogger to post and share various information such as news, tutorial, personal experience about something, and even to display photos.

Just like a written post, photo-blogging is something fun, entertaining, and also inspiring. Photo-blogging refers to an activity to post photos and explain the background of displaying them. The reasons could be vary: for fun, or to show to the world about their daily activity and or hobby.

Usually, people who do photo-blogging is someone who likes traveling or has a hobby about photography. They love to share their experience after visiting a particular place or doing a tremendous activity, the change of seasons photographs, or events such as a parade or festival. Really, it’s something fun as you can see such as in stoltzproject.com, ryanjohnsonfilms.com, figandthewasp.wordpress.com, or concreteandsky.wordpress.com. And of course, you will find more photo-blog addresses on the internet.

Photographs, although they talk about daily activity or surrounding scenery, are sometimes seems great, depends on how we see it. What we can see as an ordinary thing sometimes become more beautiful and awesome in a photograph. You may experience it too, when you try to take a photograph of your surroundings with a certain angle. You may see that the photograph seems like not really your surroundings. Or when you try to take a photograph of food. With a certain angle or lighting, the food will be looked “different”. Through photographs, what we see as an ordinary thing, could be an extraordinary thing for other people. That’s why I said that photographs are sometime speak more than words. And I do believe too, that photo-blogging is also useful to improve English ability. Especially to improve writing skill such as writing descriptive text, report, and even narrative text. So, if you are a teacher and you love to take photographs, I recommend you to have a photo-blog to collect your photographs about anything to use them as writing material (topic) in your class. It must be very fun, then.

PURBALINGGA WRITING CLASS

February 7, 2011 5 comments

writing clip artStart from this February, I have a new activity (this is what I meant “my luck” in this year): teaching Writing Class, a class about “How to write for mass media” that is held by CLC (Cinema Lovers Community) Purbalingga and Komunitas Cengloe. This class was designed as a sharing media and place for teenagers in Purbalingga to learn more about “How to write for mass media”. This class will be handled by productive writers and daily newspaper reporters in Purbalingga.

The first class begun on last Friday (February, 4th) and there were for about 20 participants (we didn’t call them as student, because we are not handling a school, hehehe…). Our first target was only 15 participants but luckily, we got more. In that first meeting, we discussed about many things about writing, such as general problem of “new writer” (penulis pemula), motivation problem, inspiration problem, and so many other things. In this first class we didn’t focus on each participant’s interest yet. But next meeting, we will start to divide the class into short story class, article class, and scenario class.

An old dream

The idea to organize and handle a writing class for teenagers in Purbalingga was firstly rising in 2006. November 2006, I and Mas Bowo from CLC held a writing competition named “Sayembara Penulisan Cerita Film Pendek (SPCFP)” for senior high school students (both of state and vocational) which had a very special reward for the winner: the story would be filmed!

After that competition end, I and Mas Bowo discussed about the continuity of SPCFP itself. Mas Bowo suggested me to build a community for writers, to encounter the need of young writers in Purbalingga. But unfortunately, I couldn’t realize it until finally Mas Bowo built his own current writing class. So, the idea of building this “community” is actually an “old dream”.

In Purbalingga itself, there are so many potential young writers. I believe that in one school, minimally, there are 2 percent of students who love writing. So I do believe that by building a writing class instead of writing school, there will be a good place to learn more about writing for newbie. If you are interested to join and participate our writing class, you may come to Posko Bambang Soesatyo Komplek Pendopo Kabupaten Purbalingga or register yourselves to Bowo Leksono (laleks_film@yahoo.com).