Teaching English the Creative Way at S.R.K. Sungai Dua, Bentong
The BA (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication (BMCC) and BA (Hons) Advertising and Design (BAD) students from IACT College (International Advertising Communications Technology), a creative communications college, founded by the Advertising industry in 1970, collaborated with Challenge Accepted Consultants (CAC), an NGO that conducts self-motivation activities. Recently, this collaboration led to an English Workshop teaching basic English Language to the Orang Asli students from standard 4, 5 & 6 at Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Sungai Dua, Bentong. The IACT degree students are members of “Serve Our Society” (SOS); an all-student- related club, formed to create social awareness of the underprivileged. This one-day event took place on 20 February 2016.
Sathisvaran A/L Santhian, 24 years old, Bachelor (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication
After contemplating for ideas from previous projects, teaching the Orang Asli students basic English came of as a new, relevant and fun idea. It was a mixture of pleasant anxiety as it was my first time tutoring the Orang Asli students. We made the games fun as a way for them to learn. Everyone made an amazing effort with plenty of support in food, prizes, and inventory by outsourced corporations. I have come to appreciate my lecturers more for the effort they put into our lessons now after experiencing from their end. I admire the Orang Asli students for their tenacity by insisting to go to school to gain knowledge despite their lack of basic necessities and to us a shocking environment they have to live in and cope with. Thank you so much IACT for providing me the opportunity to participate and I will also like to thank my lecturer for supporting me through the entire project. I love you IACT.
Haezell Alison Claudius, 21 years, Bachelor (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication
I liked how it was out of our element, having to communicate, understand and to connect with the Orang Asli children as opposed to the typical home shelter visits. I am particularly proud of us because not only did we make an attempt to educate children but we managed to get coverage on Berita Harian. This helped create public awareness to the importance of English proficiency among all members of society. Hopefully, this will contribute in urging the government to take action. This project opened our understanding of a different lifestyle to what we are used to. Although many of us are better of materialistically, the Orang Asli are so much more connected to nature and to each other. I am very pleased as it was an enriching experience for the students and having worked together on the project, we bonded as a team.
Cynthia Niam Tze Sing, 21 years, Bachelor in Advertising and Design
We chose Free English tutoring for Orang Asli students because it is not among the usual activities we run for our club. The experience opened my eyes to how privileged we are in having our education taught in English and how much we have been taking so many things for granted. It also made me see that the government should pay equal attention to all subjects.
In short, the students enjoyed the experience, which has widened their perspective of the basic need for a formal education and to appreciate the simple meaningful things in life. They are eager to run such projects again in the near future.
Ms. Elyena Aziz and Ms. Esther Hon, their lecturers who are also the SOS club Advisors, agreed that the experience taught the students a better understanding of hardship faced by others, on humility, appreciation and gratefulness.