Polytechnic amps up English lessons with NiE pullout


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020

Learning curve: Star-NiE trainer Anna Cherubin (centre) with Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah students after the workshop in Perak.

BEHRANG: Twenty-three years on and The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout still makes English lessons fun, a fact students and English teachers from Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak, will attest to.

“Students got to move around – I even saw some of my students dancing! They really enjoyed the workshop, ” said head of English unit Norhamizah Tamat, 46, after the polytechnic’s first NiE workshop by Star Media Group.

The institution got its first taste of what it means to master English with an authentic material like the newspaper.

“NiE is very suitable for my students. In the first semester, we have new topics involving current issues. We encourage students to read the newspaper so that they are in touch with what’s happening out there, ” she said.

Pleased at how productive the students were at learning English with the adult medium, the polytechnic committed to 100 copies per issue for their English lessons.

This year, the school resource by Star Media Group will see 20 publications.

The bi-monthly, 16-page pullout tackles themes set by the Education Ministry.

The pullout also includes two sections – BRATs and Earn Your Band 6.

Students will be able to read articles written by their peers participating in The Star’s BRATs Young Journalist Programme, while Earn Your Band 6 aims to improve the English proficiency of those taking the Malaysian University English Test.

Subscription is through schools only. The first issue of NiE rolls out today and will be available every other Wednesday.

For more information, call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1-300- 88-7827 from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm).

Read the full story in StarEdu this Sunday. — By EMILY CHAN

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