Friday, May 25, 2007

Manchester Utd plays educational role in Malaysia

The wonders of Manchester United in Malaysia: According to English-language newspaper, The Star, the English Premier League champion club is playing a role in encouraging junior school students in Petaling Jaya, a district neighbouring Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, to improve their English for their UPSR certificate as well as to provide for a smooth transition to secondary school. As part of the "learning English using the Newspaper-in-Education" program, MIC is sponsoring the supply of 5,000 copies of The Star to four Tamil-language schools in the district every Wednesday for 20 weeks.

English teacher K. Samunarani said The Star's NiE pullout had helped to motivate her pupils to learn English in a fun way. “My pupils enjoy their lessons now because they find the activities challenging, yet stimulating at the same time. The colourful pictures also help to get their attention and make learning easier. Since the pupils have become more interested, they are learning faster too,” she said. Year Six pupil M. Jaswinee said she liked Stuff@school because the activities involved her two favourite subjects – Science and Mathematics. “It also has stories about my favourite football team, Manchester United,” she said.

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