SPM 2009: Good results; specifically English

On the 11th March, the SPM result was announced. It was good news to almost everyone. The school got 1.93, similar with Mozac! What a surprise. But there are some subjects that we are better than Mozac and some they are better than us. :D

Anyway, for English, Mozac is better than SBPIS :( They got 0.9 something while we got 1.55. Nonetheless, it was the best English result we've got so far. So, congrats to all students. Here's the list

1. 4 A+
2. 75 A
3. 31 A-
4. 16 B+
5. 3 B
6. 1 C+

Again, congratulations to all. And to all 2010 candidates, you guys need to work extra hard to get better results.

What is English anyway?

Ever thought of where does English come from or its history? Well here's an article taken from Wikipedia about English.

English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian and Lower Saxon dialects brought to Britain by Germanic settlers and Roman auxiliary troops from various parts of what is now northwest Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands in the 5th century. One of these Germanic tribes was the Angles,[20] who may have come from Angeln, and Bede wrote that their whole nation came to Britain, leaving their former land empty. The names 'England' (from Engla land "Land of the Angles") and English (Old English Englisc) are derived from the name of this tribe.

The Anglo-Saxons began invading around AD 449, the date of the supposed landing of Hengest and Horsa in Kent, from the regions of Denmark and Jutland. Although the linguistic situation of Roman Britain is not clear, it is safe to assume that before the Anglo-Saxons arrived in the Island of Great Britain, the native population spoke the Celtic language Brythonic in some parts of England with the then extant acrolectal influence of Latin, the Roman influence having been extant for 400 years until 410 AD. Although the most significant changes in dialect occurred after the Norman invasion of 1066, the language retained its name and the pre-Norman invasion dialect is now known as Old English.[25]

Initially, Old English was a diverse group of dialects, reflecting the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of Great Britain. One of these dialects, Late West Saxon, eventually came to dominate. One of the most prevalent forces in the evolution of the English language was the Roman Catholic Church. Beginning with the Rule of St Benedict in 530 and continuing until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, the Roman Catholic Church instructed monasteries and Catholic officials like Augustine of Canterbury to preserve intellectual culture within their schools, scriptoria, and libraries.[citation needed]

During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church exerted great influence on intellectual life and written language. Catholic monks mainly wrote or copied text in Latin, the prevalent Medieval lingua franca of Europe. When monks occasionally wrote in the vernacular, it was common to substitute or derive English-like words from Latin to describe or refer to things in which there was no English word. Extensive vocabulary, a derivative of Latin vocabularium, in the English language largely comprises Latin word derivatives. It is believed that the intellectual elite in British society over the years perpetuated vocabulary that Catholic monks contributed to English; furthermore, they continued the custom of deriving new words from Latin long after the waning of Catholic Church.

Old English vernacular was also influenced by two waves of invasion. The first was by language speakers of the North Germanic branch of the Germanic family; they conquered and colonised parts of the British Isles in the 8th and 9th centuries (see Danelaw). The second was the Normans in the 11th century, who spoke Old Norman and developed an English variety of this called Anglo-Norman. (Over the centuries, this lost the specifically Norman element under the influence of Parisian French and, later, of English, eventually turning into a distinctive dialect of Anglo-French.) These two invasions caused English to become "mixed" to some degree (though it was never a truly mixed language in the strict linguistic sense of the word; mixed languages arise from the cohabitation of speakers of different languages, who develop a hybrid tongue for basic communication).

Cohabitation with the Scandinavians resulted in a lexical supplementation of the Anglo-Frisian core of English; the later Norman occupation led to the grafting onto that Germanic core of a more elaborate layer of words from the Romance languages. This Norman influence entered English largely through the courts and government. Thus, English developed into a "borrowing" language of great flexibility and a huge vocabulary.

With the emergence and spread of the British Empire, the English language was adopted in North America, India, Africa, Australia and many other regions. The emergence of the United States as a superpower has also helped the spread of English.

So now we know English a little bit better, don't we? To know is to love right? Hope you can love English more :D

How to Master English

Learning English can be frustrating. Just imagine, you've been learning English since you were in standard 1 until standard 6. Then you continue in secondary school. Form 1 until form 5, or some maybe until upper 6. Just count how many years have you been learning English. 6 + 5 = 11. 11 years!!! But why can't you still master English?!! There's a big question mark there!

So, how do you master English?? Teachers, what's your answer?

My answer would be this
1. buy a dictionary, a good one
2. read the newspaper and highlight the words that you don't know. After that refer to the dictionary.
3. listen to the radio.
4. Talk, talk and talk in English. Regardless how bad you are, how many people laugh at you, at the end of the day, you'll master English.
5. Be consistent. Don't learn today and stop the next day. You'll never make it this way.

These are the simple steps in mastering English. Of course you would not master it perfectly but at least, you can say to yourself that you are proficient in English.

Remember to read English material according to your level. If you are weak, read simple materials with simple sentences and simple vocab. As you go along the way, you'll increase your level to a more difficult material.

That's my two cents worth on this topic. What's your take?

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