Getting the best of all worlds

Sneak preview: Pupils of SJK (C) On Pong in Ampang, Selangor, with Chin (middle row, sixth from right) with the first issue of Step Up 2020.

PETALING JAYA: If there is one thing that makes Year Six pupil Lai Yim Fung happy, it’s when his teacher uses the education pullout Step Up for an English lesson.

And today is going to be one such day as the English language resource, an initiative of Star Media Group Bhd, rolls out its first issue of the year.

Step Up caters to pupils in Years Four, Five and Six. It is a workbook-cum-activity pullout aimed at helping pupils improve their vocabulary, grammar, writing and conversational skills while preparing for the UPSR.

“I like the pullout because there are games in it. It has helped me improve my English and I have been using it since Year Four, ” said the pupil from SJK(C) On Pong, Ampang, Selangor.

Previously published under two versions with Bahasa Malaysia (BM) and Chinese translations each, Step Up has now been combined into one super bumper issue of 32 colourful pages.

Pupils subscribing to the pullout can now familiarise themselves with terms in BM and Chinese under one pullout. This trilingual approach will help pupils build vocabulary in all three languages – an important component in multicultural Malaysia.

Yim Fung’s English teacher, Chin Suit Fong, said that she has been using Step Up since it was first published in 2011.

Pleased with how beneficial the pullout was, she encouraged her pupils to subscribe to it.

“We used to subscribe to the Chinese version of Step Up. Now, pupils get even more as they are provided with the BM translation as well.

“Most pupils in our school struggle with BM and English. It is demanding for Chinese school pupils as they have to master three languages in Malaysia. I think this move will benefit them tremendously, ” she said.

“I also like using Step Up as I can pick and choose from an array of different exercises.

“It helps teachers save time because the activities are ready-made, ” she added.

This year, 282 pupils from the school have subscribed to the pullout.

They will receive 11 issues published once a month on Tuesdays.

The pullout is endorsed by the Education Ministry and is available through school subscription only.

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

Read the full report in StarEdu this Sunday.

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