There had been some juniors from my former high school asking me about what on earth PPISMP TESL course is. OMG! I was not going to blame them for the lack-of-information about teaching course as teaching career was not as popular as doctor, engineer and dentist, not as famous as being an actor, actresses or singer, but this career was very noble in every way. Shot me if I was wrong, yet this is the universal truth that you all cannot defy and deny in every sense and way.
Enough with little rambling let us move on to the main crux of this post. I was not by any mean an expert in educational field, but I did comprehend the real name of PPISMP TESL as I was particularly in its shoe at the moment. PPISMP TESL stood for Program Persediaan Ijazah Sarjana Muda PERGURUAN TESL. In your sense, why do you think I capitalise the word PERGURUAN previously? I had to admit that I purposely did as I wanted to comprehend to you people that when you decided to be in IPG, your degree would be IJAZAH PERGURUAN not IJAZAH PENDIDIKAN like most of you think. Understood? Satisfied? Moving on, you will be doing foundation year for three semesters that is equivalent to one and half year. Such a long period, isn’t? But trust me, it won’t be long, blink on and off, you finally realise that you are in the final semester of foundation year which at the end of the day, you will be seating for final exam.
Done with the introduction, let’s proceed to our focal point today. Here goes the course outline:
Language description: everything about grammar
Language development: everything to do with writing and speaking and listening.
English studies: all about literature.
Social studies: as it entitles itself, you will learn everything that lies under the sun including culture, geography, society, communication, gender, sex, education and etc. Such an interesting subject you know. The more you learn the more things you don’t know.
Emotional intelligence, Critical thinking, study skills, basic mathematics, gerko.
Physical education, Islamic education, basic mathematics, gerko.
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As a teslian, dictionary is always your best buddy. Bring along the best dictionary that you can find. I suggest you to buy oxford (noted that it isn’t oxford fajar ok), longman, and macmillan. Other dictionary is good as well. But what I have suggested is more preferable. For the reference book, I would suggest you to go and buy books such as oxford grammar, and longman grammar book because these two are very easy to understand and complete.(never assume that I force you to buy the book, it’s just a suggestion only). Before that, I may be too early to tell you this, but it is better for me to blurt it all out now, as you are still on holiday, take some time and learn about APA system, why? Because in whatever assignments you do, you need to cite the source, so here in IPG, we use APA system. It’s not a waste too learn now. I, myself, take some time to learn how to cite the source.
Above all, wish you the best of luck future teachers!