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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

London Trip is Coming to TESL #4. HoHoHo.

Yay! Finally, another interesting activity that we all will be engaged to participate in EDU 3217 Teaching the Language of Drama by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Malachi Edwin Vethamani - BLOGGING! Since this is considered an academic online journal, I will have to watch out for my content and English usage. Basically, the objective of these journal postings is to indicate students' reflection what what is taught in class, our experience of reading/watching the plays and also our responses to our colleagues' posts.

Last night, I read the 4 interesting plays distributed. They are: 'The Ring Doesn't Fit' by Tan Kee Aun, 'The Ring' by Vincent Jeremiah Edwin, 'Selfish Mr. Paderson' by Rheitta Desmond, and 'Soul Gone Home' by Langston Hughes. Among the 4, I find 'The Ring' and 'Soul Gone Home' more interesting compared to the other two, simply because the story line is creepy and the ending is not as predictable as 'The Ring Doesn't Fit' and 'Selfish Mr. Paderson'. However, I discovered that all four plays delivers important messages to readers, that is they teach us the moral values in lives which we might unintentionally neglected due to our hectic life chasing after wealth, status and pride. For example, in 'Selfish Mr. Paderson', it is so amazing that even the four seasons (mother nature) disapprove of Mr. Paderson's selfish attitude for forbidding the children to play with his daughter in his beautifully tended garden just because he fears they might dirty or ruin the garden. What he did not realise earlier is that the laughter and joy the children bring is more beautiful and memorable compared to a 'lonely' garden. When Summer, Autumn, and Spring refuse to enter Mr. Paderson's garden, meaning the Paderson's lived in Winter throughout the year, only then did he realize he should not be selfish but allow the the children to play in the garden with his daughter. The message is clear. We should share what we have with the less unfortunate ones. As the saying we all love goes "Sharing is caring." Happiness that is shared with loved ones will be doubled. Sadness that is shared will be halved. Wisdom that is shared will be multiplied.

Before the wireless connection gone bad, I would like to wish all readers Happy New Year 2009! May your lives be filled with love and joy! Also, I would like to take this opportunity to restate one of my resolution in 2009 which is connected to cohort 4 TESLIANS - to organize a field trip to London or anywhere overseas. My dear friends, wouldn't you all like to go as a class? This may take a whole year of planning, but I believe, as long as we persevere, we can make it! Your cooperation is much appreciated. Dr Edwin, we need your help and guidance in this too! Heartfelt thanks to those who helped, is helping and will help out in this mission 2009! Feel free to visit www.tesl46corner.webs.com

Imagine: It will be us 46 (+ lecturers) standing there, soon~! (^_^)

This is a once in a life time experience, where you can travel with 46 classmates,
to specific places such as Shakespear's house, visit Oxford/Cambridge Universities etc...