PETALING JAYA: Several experienced secondary school teachers have given their support to Win With Words 2016, saying the contest can improve the vocabulary of participants.
Li Sheau Jin, 46, who has been an English teacher for 22 years, said in order to score higher points, she believes participants would need to look up certain words.
She said generally, when reading, most people would take a guess on the meaning of unfamiliar or difficult words.
“So I am of the opinion that the challenge will enable contestants to move beyond guessing or making general assumptions, and to actually take the time and effort to learn new words.
“In addition to finding out the meaning, they can also learn to use the words in the right context. So, it does have an effect,” said Li, who teaches at SMK Datok Lokman in Kuala Lumpur.
Li said she would encourage her students to participate in the contest as many complained of having insufficient vocabulary in conversing and writing.
“Yet, some are not making an effort to read more, except for reading reference books and jotting down notes.
“So yes, this contest is one avenue for them to learn new words.”
Mercy Almeida Stellus, 50, a teacher at SMK Darul Ehsan in Selayang, also agreed that the contest would help to increase one’s vocabulary.
“They will learn as they arrange the letters, and it helps to keep their minds alert too.
“As a bonus, taking part in the contest can bring family members together while dictionaries are brought down from the shelves,” said Stellus, who has vast experience in teaching English at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
However, she hopes the new words would be used in daily conversation and not just to win the challenge.
“I will try to submit some entries too as this is the last series.”
The final series – Bandar Rimbayu Series – will run until Oct 30. The deadline for submission of entries is Nov 3. From now until Oct 30, five letters of the alphabet allotted with a certain number of points each will be published daily in The Star.
Participants must cut out and collect these letters and form two different words from the Oxford English Dictionary to score points. The clipped pieces must be attached to original entry forms available in the newspaper and words can be repeated across multiple forms.
Everyone stands a chance to win.
Win With Words 2016 is organised by Star Media Group in conjunction with its 45th anniversary celebrations, with IJM Land Berhad and official car partner Naza Kia.
The first prize winner of each series and six lucky participants from across all the series will then take part in the Grand Finale Challenge on Nov 29 at the venue partner 1Utama Shopping Centre.
Prizes worth more than RM480,000, including two cars, are up for grabs.
In addition, 45 lucky participants for each series will walk away with RM500 as part of The Star Anniversary Bonus Prize.
Those taking part can also earn additional bonus points by sticking special tokens found in The Star or just by signing up for The Star Bundle or ePaper during its roadshows nationwide.
The last two roadshows will be at the I Luv Coffee & Tea Expo, MidValley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur and AEON Tebrau City, Johor Baru, from Oct 28 to 30.