WANT to buy a second-hand car? What do you do? A Form Three English class got some practical tips on surveying advertisements in The Star as English teacher P.B. Teoh, guided her students in scanning the Star Metro Classifieds pages for a second-hand car.
On the blackboard, she listed points students could ask car owners before they made the purchase.
The students from SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth were given time to discuss in groups and then write a short letter reccomending the car to their father.
Using The Star and the NiE (Newspaper-in-Education) pullout in class is beneficial to the students as they provide extra reading material which help to widen the experience of the students, said Teoh.
“Sometimes I highlight world news so that the students are exposed to what's happening in the world.
“At other times, I'd use the more academic material.”
Teoh said she is looking forward to using the NiE pullout in future lessons.
She added: “The pullout has provided me with many fun ideas to teach English, for instance, in today’s lesson.”
Bernard Tan, 15, whose group was among the first to be ready with their write-up, said it was good to use newspapers in class.
“We get more information about the world and the lessons are different from those based on textbooks,” said Tan who likes the sports section.
Ang Man Khim, 15, said her father subscribed to The Star at home.
“I find the entertainment section interesting,” said Ang.
Low Kooi Khim, 15, said using newspapers in class gave students a chance to talk and to learn from each other.
Meanwhile, in Ipoh, SM Sam Tet, also got their first issue of this year’s NiE pullout together with a copy of the The Star.
Every week, without fail, the school buys between 160 and 200 copies of the newspaper for their students to read – more than any other school in Perak.
SM Sam Tet has subscribed to the newspaper for over 10 years.
Senior assistant Hee Park Chee said it was not unusual for their teachers to bring the newspapers to the classrooms as a teaching aid for their English, science and Pengajian Am classes.
He added that the NiE pullout was helpful as it gave teachers new ideas, and students a break from the routine of using textbooks and workbooks.
“The students also pick up general knowledge, which is important for their Pengajian Am subject,” he said.
Form Five student Oh Joo Ztat , 16, said he enjoyed catching up on the latest events like the just-concluded Star Education Fair.
A reader of The Star for 10 years, Oh has made it his habit to read the paper at home after his father was done with it.
“It's easy to handle, and easy to read, compared to other papers,” said Oh who usually goes through the sports and comics section before turning to the front-page news.
“The new design of the NiE pullout makes it look breezier than last year’s,” he added.
Biology teacher Zauyah Alang Ahmad said the newspaper had helped her students hone their language skills.
She added that the addition of maths and science activities for Form Four students in the NiE pullout had also helped to make these lessons more interesting as students could take part in fun activities in the classroom.
As the adviser of the school's Consumer Club, she co-ordinates the distribution of The Star to students who had ordered copies of the paper.
“The only problem with the newspaper is that it is very thick!
“I guess it just means there'll be more news and more knowledge to be gained,” she quipped.
The NiE pullout is distributed with The Star on the third Wednesday of every month and only to schools on other Wednesdays.
It comes free with The Star, along with Stuff@school which is sold at a special price of 60 sen per copy for schools.
Has your school signed up yet?
There will be gifts for teachers who sign up before the end of the month.
To sign up and for queries, call Stephen Yap or Rofit Miah at 03 7967 1388 (ext 1038 or 1039) or The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03 7967 1777 between 9am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday.