EARLY this year, following an assessment focusing on literacy, a number of students were identified as having a very low reading age as they were unable to pass the Primary 3 reading comprehension test. Following this, Pehin Dato Seri Maharaja Secondary School (SMPDSM) decided to implement the Integrated Approach Reading Acquisition (TIARA) literacy programme, based on groups of Dolch words (the most common English words), a press release stated.
Each group of five target words is introduced and reinforced through many activities. One part of the literacy package, which really engages the students, is the creation of their own mini-books.
This activity helps to improve both reading and comprehension among the students and acts as a great motivator since it enables each student to express their creativity.
A total of 32 students from 7H and 7I TIARA groups took part in a special session to show teachers from other Cluster 2 schools on how they promote literacy through this approach.
Students’ work was on display and they were encouraged to read their mini-books and answer three questions about the story. All students received a book as a prize as the aim of the session was to encourage positive individual achievement.
It is hoped that by using these specially designed activities which Elaine Anderson shared during the session, other teachers in Cluster 2 will feel confident to introduce the literacy-based approach which has proved so successful at SMPDSM.
The chairperson at the event was Hjh Fatimah binti Hj Azahari, Deputy Principal together with Elaine Anderson, an experienced teacher who has taught at SMPDSM for 11 years. She was assisted by Nurul Afiqah binti Roslan. Elaine’s speciality is helping students to improve their level of literacy and develop a lasting love of reading.