Kamis, 15 September 2016

Tips Before Practice

A.      Reading

Tip 1: Read for Gist

Gist = the main ideas

Read the text a first time. Don’t stop. Find the general idea text, it’ll help you arrange all the sentence and better understanding it.

Tip 2: Use Context

Context refers words and situations that are around a word you don’t understand. Example:

My neighbor join the army two years ago, yesterday he commit a crime, thus he is going to be on trial in court-martial

Judging by the context:

Court-Martial : It means that it is referring to a place where military is going to be on trial

Tip 3: Understand Different Reading Skills

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

B.      Speaking

Tip 1 : Listen

Listen to movies and songs in English to listen to the pronunciation of words. The more you listen, the more you learn. Copy what you hear to practice your pronunciation.

Tips 2 : Read out loud

Read anything that suit your liking. Repeat and this will be a great way to practice pronunciation. Don’t worry about sentence structure or grammar.

Tip 3 : Learn a new word every day

Choose a word you would like to work on and use practice it in different sentences. Use the word until you have learnt it and keep using it regularly.

Tip 4 : Do interesting activities in English

Wheter playing game or singing. Anything you enjoy doing, as long as it uses English. Using English to talk about things you enjoy will make practicing a positive experience.


  1. Practice Time
  1. Read the following text out loud!
  • Article 1

A famous member of House of Representative who had indicated as suspect of state finance abusing requested your legal services for him in an investigation process conducted by Corruption Eradication Comission / Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK). As part of its investigation, KPK will require suspect’s presence in series of question and answer session. Therefore, the suspect would like to have your legal assistance during this process.

  • Article 2

The conventional histories of international humanitarian law, which view international humanitarian law as the heir to a long continuum of codes of warfare. It demonstrates instead that the term international humanitarian law first appeared in the 1970s, as the product of work done by various actors pursuing different ends. The new idea of an international humanitarian law was codified in the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions. Nevertheless, many of the provisions of the Protocols remained vague and contested, and their status, together with the humanitarian vision of the law they outlined, was uncertain for some time. It was only at the end of the 20th century that international lawyers, following the lead of human rights organizations, declared Additional Protocol I to be authoritative and the law of war to be truly humanitarian. As such, this article concludes that international humanitarian law is not simply an ahistorical code, managed by states and promoted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Rather, it is a relatively new and historically contingent field that has been created, shaped and dramatically reinterpreted by a variety of actors, both traditional and unconventional.

  1. Find the main idea of the text!
  • Article 1 :
  • Article 2 :
  1. Define these words based on its context

Article 1

  • Member :
  • Investigation :
  • Assistance :

Article 2

  • Term :
  • Codified :
  • Declared :



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