THE NEW STRAITS TIMES IN EDUCATION
The SSP is an initiative that takes daily newspaper copies into primary and secondary schools with a view to accelerate language learning and meet the information needs of students even in remote areas. NST’s partners-in-education can choose to sponsor one or more schools with 10 or more copies of the newspaper for a whole school year. The NIE Unit supports the supply of newspapers with training in the NIE method for teachers, workshops for students and the creation of resource material – print and online – to complement the newspaper in the classroom.
These are workshops that allow students to participate in the NIE experience outside of the school environment. Run during the school holidays throughout the year, these workshops are fee-based and advertised in the New Straits Times and the NIE online site NiEXUS. The School Holiday workshops are varied with their content linked to syllabus requirement. The workshops cater for students from ages 5 to 18. Though the objective is to enhance spoken and written English, the vehicle of presentation is creatively varied, i.e.: Young Entrepreneurs; Deejaying; Creative Thinking; Creative Writing; Speaking With Confidence; Photojournalism; Young Reporters; Freshman Publisher; Art of Newscasting; Language Through Art, Craft & Music; Debate Techniques; Young Research Scientists; Creative Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Leadership.
These workshops are also targeted at students but the content and implementation of these are packaged such that they meet a sponsor’s CSR objectives as well as specific learning objectives. As such all content is related to school curriculum and subject syllabi. The workshops are conducted regionally or state-side, and take different creative forms that include and incorporate camp activities with on and off-print contests.
To enhance IT literacy skills, and in an attempt to present current affairs and language learning across media, NST launched its online English Language Learning site in 2008. Called NiEXUS, the content presented through games, tutorials and self-expression sites, is aimed at all school students of different proficiency levels. Built as a self-access learning site, NiEXUS has something for everyone – from news engagement to language enhancement through animated games and to opportunities for self-expression on issues that concern everyone.
The thrust of these workshops is to enhance creative and language skills by providing training in soft skills. The focus is on oral and written proficiency. Key learning resource: the New Straits Times.