Better English with NiE's help

  • Education
  • Sunday, 06 Apr 2003

DEAR Star-NiE Team, 

I am a secondary school student who always buys The Star so that I can use it for NiE (Newspaper in Education). I know that a lot of hard work has gone into making it exciting and interesting, and I feel it has truly paid off for us students. 

I, for one, have learned a lot of vocabulary, grammar, etc. as well as current issues. I suppose other students also have a lot of fun reading the newspaper and using it to learn English.  

I believe that the newspaper is the perfect learning material for students, whether in primary schools or secondary. It is truly beneficial to all of us. As a result, I always recommend Star-NiE to my friends. 

This testimony from Phoebe Cheong, a student in Kuala Lumpur, shows how Star-NiE can help students of all levels improve their English proficiency. Many English language teachers too have found NiE to be an effective teaching tool. 

Says Mohd Azmi Aban, headmaster of SK Palong 2 (Felda) in Negri Sembilan: “The newspaper was used by pupils from Year Two to Year Six in my school, from February to September 2002. 

“It has made learning English more exciting and helped effectively in improving the usage of the language in my school. Many activities were carried out using The Star and this helped widen the pupils' vocabulary, grammar and reading skills. 

“It helped to increase the percentage of passes for English from 34.2% (2000) to 55.6% (2001) in the UPSR. There were five pupils who scored As.”  

NiE will certainly enhance efforts to raise the level of English proficiency in school. And with the introduction of the learning of Science and Maths in English last year, it is becoming increasingly important for students to improve their aptitude in the English language.  

Unfortunately, some students can't afford to pay for newspapers to be used in the classroom. 

Star-NiE has therefore set up a Sponsorship Scheme where individuals, organisations or corporations can buy The Star for schools to carry out NiE lessons. 

If you are keen to contribute through this scheme, call Stephen Yap or Rofit Miah of the Circulation Department at 03-7967 1388 ext 1038 or 1039, 019-221 7858, 012-296 8711. 

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