| Rokiah Mahmud |
SULTAN Sharif Ali Secondary School (SMSSA) recently conducted a sharing session on the AVAILLL Programme (Audio Visual Achievement in Literacy, Language and Learning) with the Cluster 2 teachers as part of its Professional Development Cluster 2 Secondary Schools Work Plan for 2014-2015.
The attendees were the Heads of Department, teachers from both government and private schools of Cluster 2 as well as Head of Academic Unit and Head of Training and Teachers’ Development of Department of Schools. The programme was developed by the late Dr Alice Killackey from California to assist high school students lacking in reading skills. The programme was further developed in New Zealand, and it has been successfully used to teach students English as second language.
SMSSA is the only school in Brunei to apply such a programme and it uses DVDs to help students learn essential literacy skills. The programme is used for Years 7 and 8 students from classes D to K to improve their English reading skills and vocabulary. It uses films with subtitles and to train students to develop speed reading and spelling.
Some of the activities test students whereby they have to write down either the last subtitle they saw or the last word they saw before the film was paused. Using a dictionary, the students work in groups to find the definition of the words on the subtitle. There are also word hunt where students are given a word’s definition and they have to write down the word with that meaning.
With such activities, the students learn in a relaxing and fun way. With the programme, teachers noticed that students are becoming more interested in the English language.