Learning languages through newspapers

TEACHERS often use The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education’s (NiE) fun-filled activities to teach their pupils English prior to the movement control order (MCO).

During the MCO, however, the same can be done by parents using newspapers at home.

It can be an exciting experience because parents can teach languages ranging from English to Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Tamil, depending on the newspapers they have stored away.

Parents can ask their children to look for words and pictures that match a certain selected topic. They can then paste the pictures and words on a cardboard or recycled papers.

Children with a poor command of the language will enjoy the activity and will be able to spell the words correctly with the help of their parents. For brighter children, they will learn new words everyday when they read through the newspapers and proceed to the more difficult task of constructing sentences or even paragraphs.

It will be interesting for kids to learn new vocabulary. Eventually, they will be confident in writing and speaking in English because dailies like The Star have both simple and complex words which cater to children of all ages.

When parents kick-start simple activities like this, children will develop a keen interest to read articles that range from national news, health, and education to lifestyle, travel, and sports. In turn, when they return to school after the MCO, they’ll be able to do peer group teaching for their classmates who have a poorer command of the language.



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Published twice monthly on Wednesdays, the colourful 16-page NiE pullout incorporates authentic materials from the newspaper into English language learning. It is written by experienced teachers/specialists and is endorsed by the Education Ministry. The syllabus-based pullout comes with a copy of The Star and is only available through school subscription. For more details, call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1-300-88-7827, Monday to Friday (9am-5pm).

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