Parents lend a hand

ELTDP mentor Morgan Wayaani (centre) with teachers Yusaini Yusof (left) and Jocelyn James.

KUCHING: The families of pupils at SK To’eman Nyabor near Saratok spent a fun morning making books as teaching aids for Level 1 English at the school.

Over 30 parents, grandparents and other family members took part in a book-making workshop organised recently by teachers Jocelyn James and Yusaini Yusof, supported by their mentor Morgan Wayaani, on the British Council’s English Language Teacher Development Project (ELTDP).

The result was parents working together to produce five big, colourful story books for teaching Level 1. Each of the stories was adapted to a theme using relevant language from the KSSR (national primary school curriculum) textbook.

The families formed small groups, chose one story and proceeded to cut, paste, draw and decorate their books.

This initiative highlights one of the ELTDP’s objectives, which is to engage the community and encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education and literacy, regardless of their own level of English.

Further workshops have been planned after the success of the first one and the parents’ enthusiasm to continue.

The teachers are also keen to share their experiences with their colleages and show that the process of adapting material from the KSSR textbook, from storyboarding and creative design to producing a final book, is an easy, enjoyable and worthwhile activity.

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