Handy English education pullout adds excitement to class lessons.
APART from improving language proficiency, English language classes also provide avenues to instil good values.
In a lesson using the Step Up pullout by The Star, Year Six pupils of SK Subang Bestari Dua, Shah Alam, Selangor, cheered on as their classmates tried to tear through pieces of cardboard stacked together. This was compared to tearing a single piece of cardboard which was done easily.
The simple and fun activity was a reflection of a reading comprehension exercise on being united. The activity was incorporated into the Step Up workbook-cum-activity pullout that caters to pupils in Years Four, Five and Six.
The school headmaster Md Hishamuddin Md Yaacob said that he always hears good feedback about Step Up from teachers.
“They tell me that the pullout is useful. They do not have to make copies of exercises for each pupil. And because the pullout comes with the newspaper, teachers can use the newspaper as teaching aids.
“The pullouts are also very handy and pupils can bring them anywhere. During the school holidays, pupils complete the exercises at home,” he said.
He also stressed on the importance of language learning.
“English is useful for everyday use. In the age of technology, English language skills are much needed.”
“By mastering English, they indirectly have access to more information, which is mostly in English. They also need to master English to pass their examinations. This is so that they can have better opportunities in the future,” he added.
English teacher Siti Farah Azuah Nasir liked the fact that the pullout covers the syllabus.
“The pullout is colourful and the pictures are interesting. The content is also easy enough for pupils to understand.
“One very useful feature in Step Up is the mini dictionary that gives the translation of difficult words in Bahasa Malaysia. It really helps pupils add new words to their vocabulary.”
“Most of the questions follow the UPSR format. Step Up makes for good revision material as it includes topics from Years Four to Six,” she said.
Siti Farah Azuah is also delighted that pupils look forward to lessons with Step Up.
“They always ask if Step Up is going to be used in class. They are also keen in finishing the exercises at home.
“It helps me a lot as I don’t need to bring a lot of materials when I go into class. All the content needed is there,” she added.
Year Six pupil Adam Hakimi Sahiran said that he likes lessons using Step Up because they are interesting and exciting.
“Step Up gives me extra exercises that I can do during my free time. I can check answers myself and know where I went wrong. This helps me improve on my English.”
Classmate Alya Qistina Azrie said that she loved reading stories from the pullout.
“Having the mini dictionary is convenient. It helps me learn new words. I think it is very important to learn English to communicate with other people.”
Agreeing, another Year Six pupil Syakirah Farid said that English is important when communicating with others, especially in a multiracial country.
“I understand the lesson better with Step Up. There are lots of exercises for me to work on and the pullout offers interesting stories and pictures.”
Step Up features Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese translation of difficult English words. The version with the Bahasa Malaysia translation is published on alternate Tuesdays while the version with Chinese translation comes out on alternate Thursdays.
The colourful 24-page syllabus-based pullout is endorsed by the Education Ministry.
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