‘New Straits Times’ aids in dis­cus­sions, de­bates

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JO­HOR BARU: English teach­ers who at­tended the New Straits Times-News­pa­per in Ed­u­ca­tion (NST-NIE) work­shop here said there were many chal­lenges in get­ting a pupil’s at­ten­tion in the class­room, but the news­pa­per was use­ful to spur dis­cus­sions and de­bates that helped im­prove their mas­tery of the lan­guage.

SK Sri Te­brau English teacher Shobha Vi­jayaku­mar said many parts of the NST could be used in the class­room to pique her pupils’ in­ter­est.

“The re­vamped NST is more in­ter­ac­tive with the lat­est up­dates on cur­rent is­sues.

“The qual­ity of writ­ing and the flair of lan­guage on dis­play is the best among other pub­li­ca­tions.

“That’s why I up­load ar­ti­cles and pho­tos from the NST web­site and its print ver­sion on to the Frog VLE on­line plat­form for pupils, teach­ers and par­ents.

“Pupils can talk about a par­tic­u­lar story and this en­cour­ages crit­i­cal think­ing,” said Shobha, who was one of 155 pri­mary and sec­ondary school teach­ers who at­tended the one-day work­shop or­gan­ised by the Jo­hor English Lan­guage Teach­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Jelta).

NST ed­u­ca­tion editor Ha­zlina Aziz and NIE fa­cil­i­ta­tor Tengku Shahraniza Tengku Ab­dul Jalal con­ducted the work­shop.

SK Bukit Mu­tiara English teacher Mohd Fahmi Mohd Zaid said he used a dif­fer­ent ap­proach when teach­ing his pupils, who com­prised chil­dren from low-in­come back­ground.

“I en­gage with them by be­friend­ing them.

“I sur­prise them with gifts such as colour pen­cils and sta­tionery ev­ery now and then and they ap­pre­ci­ate it,” he said.

Most of Fahmi’s pupils do not have the lux­ury of hav­ing In­ter­net or news­pa­pers at home, so he uses the com­puter lab­o­ra­tory and NST to liven up his class­room.

“I con­duct classes in the com­puter lab twice a week to show doc­u­men­taries on the animal king­dom, how food is made and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues on

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