SMG to help English language teachers ace MUET

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 May 2019

PETALING JAYA: With the onset of technology, Star Media Group Bhd (SMG) is also set to use its digital education platform to help 20,000 English language teachers who will need to ace their Malaysian University English Test (MUET) by the end of the year.

The Education Ministry recently announced that English language teachers in the country are required to sit for the MUET exam to test their proficiency levels.

Webinars, or online seminars, are currently being planned by the media giant to help teachers throughout the country prepare for the examination using the group’s newspaper.

Spearheaded by the group’s NiE (Newspapers-in-Education) content team, the webinars plan to impart tips and strategies to teach candidates how to curate current authentic data, facts and infographics found in The Star’s newspaper articles to make their presentation compelling.

The exam tests candidates in the listening, reading, speaking and writing components of the language.

“These webinars will also cater to the 75,000 students in Form 6 and Matriculation colleges who are required to sit for this exam in order to gain entry into the local universities,” said NiE head Sharon Ovinis.

She was responding to a front page report in The Star quoting the Australian High Commissioner Andrew Goledzinowski that Malaysia’s Education Ministry had in principle agreed to launch a pilot project involving pre-schools where the children would be guided via an online platform with little or no involvement at all by teachers.

The online module is being customised in Australia.

The Star’s NiE programme has been playing an active role in helping teachers make English language lessons fun and exciting for students over the last 22 years.

The programme that comprises a 12-page English language resource with ready-made lessons for elementary, intermediate and advanced learners helps teachers deliver out-of-the-box type activities in the classroom that involve critical thinking on current issues.

The programme has penetrated thousands of classrooms and currently has about 500 schools under its belt.

“We receive tremendous support from the Education Ministry every year as the programme is endorsed by the ministry.

“Through this endorsement, Star Media Group Berhad works closely with the local District Education Offices throughout the country to train teachers to use this methodology of teaching English through the newspaper.

“This adds to the toolbox of teachers who need a variety of activities to keep their students stimulated and interested in the English language,” said Ovinis.

Written by a team of experienced English language teachers and specialists, the pullout is syllabus-based. It also includes two sections, one of which is called Earn Your Band 6 that tackles MUET.

The other platform, BRATs, is a writing platform for teenagers to contribute articles and short stories.

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