ENGLISH teacher Azman Shah Mohd Yunus from SK Sungai Buaya, Banting, has never used newspapers for his lessons in school.
He prefers textbooks and workbooks as he is more familiar with the content after 18 years of teaching.
However, after attending an NiE (Newspaper in Education) workshop recently, Azman now thinks this approach can help make his lessons livelier.
“The trainer has proven to me that using newspapers in class is interesting because students can do activities such as cutting and pasting to help develop their creativity,” he said.
A total of 44 teachers from Kuala Langat district turned up for the half-day workshop at SK Jugra in Banting.
It was the first time the teachers were attending an NiE workshop.
Star-NiE trainer Teh Soo Choon gave the teachers some pointers on how to create a fun learning environment in class.
“One of the ways to avoid the mundane and same old stories that your students give you every year is to use pictures from the newspapers,” she said.
Teachers were given various classroom activities such as collage-making, storytelling and Scavenger Hunt.
Most of them said they had a fun time and learnt many new and creative teaching ideas.
Some even stayed back after the workshop to seek advice and suggestions from Teh for ideas on planning an English camp.
R. Chithradevi of SMK Sijangkang Jaya said she had used newspapers during her lessons before.
“It will be very boring if all students do in class is writing and reading, so I will ask my students to write and read out loud in front of the class to train their public-speaking skills,” she said.
SK Labohan Dagang Azarina Mahmuddin said she would tell her students to look for new words in the newspaper.
“This is an effective approach especially with the weaker students as it teaches them spelling,” she added.
The officer in charge of KBSR, research and development in the Kuala Langat district education office, Sarjani Sharif, said the teachers had discovered new teaching methods during the interactive and fun workshop.
Teh also stressed that it was important to inculcate the reading habit in students.
“You are actually doing a good service if you get your students ‘addicted’ to newspapers,” she said.
The NiE workshop was jointly organised by Star-NiE and the Kuala Langat district education office. Pizza Hut is The Star’s partner in NiE.