Tools to improve language skills

Krishna teaching his students how to improve their language skills using the newspaper.

MELAKA: Being disabled has not stopped teacher B. Krishna Kumar from helping his students to improve their command of English and Bahasa Malaysia.

The 48-year-old will be launching his ‘’Newspaper A Day Makes You Streetwise” campaign on Jan 14 at Accelskill Academy in Peringgit here.

Krishna, who is the academy director, wants his 250 students to improve their language skills to compete in the global market.

He said they cannot grasp both languages simply by using digital platforms.

“They need to read the newspapers daily,” he said.

Krishna said he received feedback from employers that his former students used Internet jargon like L.O.L (Laugh Out Loud) and “weder” (whether) in official documents.

He said many developed countries used newspapers to enhance writing and speaking skills, which are important in securing employment in multinational companies.

He added that 80% of his students felt that they possessed adequate language skills and were ready for employment during an internal survey held last December.

“However, they failed miserably in their language tests and this led to the campaign as we want to uphold our training quality,” he said.

Krishna added that the use of newspapers as a teaching tool was very important to students to help enhance their language skills.

“Newspapers provide different perspectives to students, from business, health to world events.

“I advised them to focus on improving their knowledge and skills as newspapers cover a wide range of topics,” he said.

Krishna also said children should start reading newspapers from young to improve their language skills.

“I told my students to absorb the factual information in the newspapers,” he said.

Krishna said he encouraged his students to get inspired by articles on innovation and volunteerism.

Krishna, from Taman Sikamat in Seremban, started his career in education in the early 1990s by giving free English, Bahasa Melayu and History tuition classes to secondary students from poor families before moving to Kuala Lumpur to teach the same subjects at a private institution.

In 2011, he was determined to set up an education centre that provided skills training for disadvantaged students.

For the last six years, Krishna, who is semi-paralysed due to polio since childhood, has provided training to about 6,000 youths from lower income groups throughout Malaysia.

He provides business and language courses as well as teaches new skills for them to earn an income.

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