Straight from the practitioners - Education | The Star Online
X Close


Straight from the practitioners

The NiE pullout and newspapers are as relevant today as they were 20 years ago when the pullout made its debut in 1997. Read on to see what some of the teachers who have been recently introduced to NiE are discovering with this methodology of teaching.


Badrul Hisham Mohamed Yusof from SMK Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Rawang, Selangor

The newspaper doesn’t cost much, thus making the materials easy for us to acquire for teaching and learning purposes. Furthermore, every topic from the textbook can be found in the newspapers. With so many students having fun with the newspaper during NiE activities, the experience is electrifying! And most of all, it is simply “priceless” to see learners interacting in English.

– Badrul Hisham Mohamed Yusof, SMK Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Rawang, Selangor


Siti Hallmatussadiyah Karim Bux from SMJK Yu Hua, Klang, Selangor.

NiE is indeed a suitable tool in 21st century learning. Information in the newspaper is updated daily and it feeds readers with facts and data that will help students in their studies. During an NiE activity, especially when it comes to group work, students are engaged and they transform into active learners. It indirectly helps students work better with friends and develops better relationships. From my observation, NiE exposes students to new words, widens their view of the world and enhances communication skills. I can see creativity in my students when they use NiE.

– Siti Halimatussadiyah Karim Bux, SMJK Yu Hua, Klang, Selangor


Ooi Ee Lynn from SJK(C) Kampung Baru Semenyih, Selangor

I am amazed at the power of using the newspaper in class. Teachers should not hesitate to use the newspaper as a teaching tool because it can cultivate personal interests and initiate independent learning among pupils. With NiE, the classroom is no longer a boring place for pupils. Instead, it provides for a well-equipped environment where they can fully participate during a lesson. Even pupils who are usually passive become more active. This resource also provides a platform for the pupils to be exposed to global news.

– Ooi Ee Lynn from SJK(C) Kampung Baru Semenyih, Selangor


English teacher Ling Zing Onn from SK Seksyen 9 Kota Damansara, Selangor

The newspaper is still a relevant resource in the 21st century classroom. NiE creates interest in learning among pupils because the activities involve a variety of media and focuses on group learning. Teachers are able to adopt, adapt and even create NiE tasks according to pupils’ proficiency levels of English. Moreover, the NiE pullout is colourful and attractive to pupils.

– Ling Zing Onn, SK Seksyen 9 Kota Damansara, Selangor


Nareshkumar Jeeva from SK Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2, Kuala Lumpur

In this day and age, despite technological advancement, many schools, not just in the rural but urban areas, do not have access to computers and decent Internet connections.

The NiE subscription in schools ensures students in less fortunate schooling situations keep up to date with the local and global news – on par with the demands of the 21st century learning culture.

– Nareshkumar Jeeva, SK Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2, Kuala Lumpur


Zahrah Nawi from SK Puncak Perdana, Shah Alam, Selangor

For me, the newspaper is the easiest and cheapest printed (form of) information that any language teacher can get hold of. Take any page, section or column of the newspapers, and you will get knowledge. With the newspapers, there is always a learning process.

– Zahrah Nawi, SK Puncak Perdana, Shah Alam, Selangor

Related story:

Celebrating an enriching jour-NiE

Education , Teachers Day