Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fresh ideas for new year

The Star, Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Learning is fun: Mahani (centre) and her students from SMKA Maahad Hamidiah in Kajang posing with the first NiE issue of 2016.
Learning is fun: Mahani (centre) and her students from SMKA Maahad Hamidiah in Kajang posing with the first NiE issue of 2016.
KAJANG: The new year marks new beginnings. And the students of Form Four Al-Khawarizmi of SMKA Maahad Hamidiah, Selangor, were privy to a fresh exciting way of learning English as they used The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) for the first time.
Armed with the first issue of the NIE pullout for 2016, SMKA Maahad Hamidiah head of English language panel Mahani Abu Talib conducted activities that revolved around the students and their families.
Students were tasked to create a modified “Pinterest” board that had them sharing tales not only about their ancestors but secret family recipes, too – all while using images and texts from the newspaper.
Mahani said the pullout made her English language classes more enjoyable, which was why she was introducing Star-NiE to this batch of students.
“It really gives me pleasure to use the newspaper with my students. They don’t usually read the newspaper, but you see them reading the articles in class,” she said.
The Star-NiE pullout, published every Wednesday, rolls out its first issue today.
The 33 issues slated from January to November promotes English language learning in a fun, easy and effective manner.
Syllabus-based content set by the Education Ministry brings authentic materials to life as the newspaper becomes a living textbook.
Three major segments – NiE English, NiE Literature and NiE Life – give students a comprehensive framework to learn language.
This year, a new section titled “Now I get it”, gears students towards improving comprehension using the newspaper.
Ready-made lessons with a teacher’s guide and student worksheets help students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts.
Students who loved clipping and scrapboarding the short stories-turned-comic strips last year will have something exciting to look forward to.
Due to popular demand, the panel comic strip is now a full-page feature that will illustrate the short stories Tanjong Rhu and Leaving.
Not only will the graphics in the stories be vibrant and colourful, a mini dictionary box comes in handy to tackle vocabulary. A section with thought-provoking questions also addresses issues that go beyond textbook learning.
SMKA Maahad Hamidiah principal Wan Ruhayah Wan Yaacob said she hoped that her students would be able to master the English language more proficiently with over 200 copies of this resource made available.
The pullout, she said, was in line with the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening the English Language (MBMMBI) policy that encouraged students to master both languages.
“It is also relevant because it relates to real-life topics besides adding to their general knowledge,” she added.
Special packages are available through school subscription only. Please call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1300-88-7827 from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm).
See full report in StarEducate this Sunday.

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