NEWS­PA­PERS AS A LEARN­ING TOOL

Par­tic­i­pants learn how to find info, im­prove com­mand of English

New Straits Times - - News - RIZALMAN HAMMIM JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

READ­ING the news­pa­per will not only im­prove one’s mas­tery of the lan­guage, but also help with the search for in­for­ma­tion, said Muham­mad Wazif Muham­mad Salle­hudin.

“It is im­por­tant for us to know where to find the in­for­ma­tion we need.

“I think news­pa­pers are a good source of in­for­ma­tion,” said Wazif, 22, a par­tic­i­pant of the NST-NIE work­shop at Univer­siti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

He said the work­shop was a good plat­form for par­tic­i­pants to learn how to max­imise the use of in­for­ma­tion that could be found in a news­pa­per.

“Read­ing news­pa­pers is not only about im­prov­ing one’s pro­fi­ciency in English, it is also about find­ing and us­ing in­for­ma­tion from news­pa­pers,” said Wazif, who is also pres­i­dent of UTM’s Tunku Chan­cel­lor English Lan­guage Club, which is un­der the pa­tron­age of Per­maisuri of Jo­hor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sul­tan Idris Shah, the Chan­cel­lor of UTM.

About 70 UTM stu­dents from var­i­ous fac­ul­ties par­tic­i­pated in the half-day work­shop, which was con­ducted by NIE spe­cial­ist Vin­cent D’Silva.

An­other par­tic­i­pant, Teh Xin Ru, 21, said she learned a lot from the work­shop as it showed her that a news­pa­per could help with her grasp of the English lan­guage.

“By read­ing news­pa­pers, not only can I know what is hap­pen­ing in the coun­try and around the world, I can also im­prove my gram­mar and vo­cab­u­lary,” said the stu­dent of Chem­i­cal and En­ergy En­gi­neer­ing Fac­ulty.

D’Silva said news­pa­pers’ po­ten­tial as a stor­age of in­for­ma­tion must be fully tapped.

“Be­sides bridg­ing the gap be­tween the class­room and out­side world, it can also spur the cre­ativ­ity of stu­dents,” said D’Silva, who is also chair­man of the Jo­hor English Lan­guage Teach­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Jelta).

He said the Let­ters and Op/Ed col­umns, for ex­am­ple, were use­ful as they showed stu­dents how peo­ple voiced their opin­ions, how for­mal lan­guage was used and how writ­ten com­plaints were made.

The spon­sors of the work­shop in­cluded M Suites Ho­tel, Grand Blue­wave Ho­tel, Oxford Fa­jar and Pon­derosa Golf and Coun­try Re­sort.

NIE spe­cial­ist Vin­cent D’Silva with par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the NST-NIE work­shop at Univer­siti Teknologi Malaysia in Jo­hor Baru.

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