SERDANG: Ten years and counting that is how long English language teacher Faudziah Abideen has been incorporating The Star's NiE (Newspaper in Education) activities in her lessons.
I started when The Star launched its NiE programme in 1997 and will carry on doing it as long as my students enjoy it, said the SMK Seri Serdang teacher.
Faudziah said that using the activities found in the Star-NiE pullout was one way of encouraging her students to read more. She added that the topics covered in the pullout were relevant to what she was teaching.
The activity Ten questions is very appropriate as I'm teaching the theme 'famous people' to my Form Three students. I can also improvise it and use it with those in the lower forms, she said after introducing an NiE-based lesson to her students.
The students had to find a picture of a famous personality in The Star and think up 10 questions they would like to ask him/her.
She also commented on the new look of the pullout.
There's more information, apart from activities which help students understand an issue or topic better.
Teachers can also do follow-up activities that do not require the use of the newspaper regularly, she said.
It was a new experience for the students as it was their first time using The Star to learn English.
For Nurul Hannis Arba'ie, it was a different and interesting learning experience to use the newspaper.
Her classmate Nor Ameerah Zamzuri said: I had so much fun learning, I cannot wait to find out what is coming out next week.
The pullout is distributed with The Star on the third Wednesday of every month, and to schools on other Wednesdays. The first issue of the year was out yesterday.
It comes free with the days copy of The Star, along with Stuff@school, and is sold at a discount for schools.
To sign up, call The Stars Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 between 9am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday.