Drama to improve language skills

Say cheese: The ‘stars’ from the schools posing for a group photo after their presentations.

SICK and tired of hearing about the poor command of English among Malaysians, Kakiseni Association has decided the grab the bull by its horns.

It recently launched the National English Language Drama Competi-tion for Secondary Schools 2016 as part of its contribution to arrest the slide in English proficiency.

Kakiseni’s initiative which began with a collaboration with five schools in 2014 has now moved nationwide.

This year’s competition alone sees the participation of 725 schools.

Initiated by the Education Ministry as a platform for secondary school students and teachers to improve their command of English, the competition also encourages them to appreciate performing arts.

Kakiseni Association president Low Ngai Yuen said: “We are not trying to train young people to become artistes.

“We are training them to have a better appreciation and understanding of themselves.”

Low added that drama is taught as a way to enhance proficiency in the language as well as to bridge gender and racial gaps among students.

She believes that through performing arts, students learn to know themselves better and to challenge themselves.

“This is important as they become more holistic,” Low added during the launch ceremony which was held at Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun, Kuala Lumpur.

Guests were treated to various presentations by three of the five winning schools from last year’s competition, namely SMK Infant Jesus Convent, Malacca, SMK King George V, Negri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur’s St John’s Institution.

This year’s finals will be held from Aug 26 to 28 at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur. 

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