FIVE schools in the southwest district of Penang received The Star’s Newspaper in Education (NiE) Step Up pullout for the very first time, thanks to Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Hussain Ayob Shah.
SK Telok Bahang, SMK Telok Bahang, SK Sungai Korok, SK Sungai Pinang and SK Sungai Rusa will be getting free copies of the The Star until November.
Shah Headan said it was important that students in the rural areas improve their command of English.
“Penang is an industrial and tourism state. Therefore, we cannot run away from mastering the English language as we need to communicate with visitors and investors.
“If we can’t speak fluent English, we will have problems,” he said during his speech at SK Sungai Pinang in Balik Pulau yesterday.
Meanwhile, SK Sungai Korok Year Five and Year Six English teacher S. Nalini said that usually, she would use Step Up to conduct vocabulary enrichment exercises with her class.
“I will ask them to cut an article and underline difficult or unfamiliar words for them to locate in the dictionary to find the meaning.
“I will then follow up with a pronunciation drill,” she said.
She added that she would also do a grammar enrichment programme.
Students were required to identify verbs in simple past tense and they would be tasked with finding the meaning as well.
“From there, they will be able to determine the grammar elements in an article,” she said, adding that she would optimise The Star for her English workshop in April.
Also present at the handover was The Star audience management department senior executive Eric Stanley.