Schools should use newspapers in teaching

LETTERS: We believe that getting youngsters to read newspapers is crucial for their intellectual growth and awareness of current issues, even in this era of social media.

It should start in schools via classroom activities using newspapers and other reading materials.

A serious effort to cultivate the habit of reading newspapers can raise a generation of avid readers.

Reading newspapers offers many benefits, such as enhancing vocabulary, improving critical thinking and staying informed about current events.

Teachers can assign articles connected to what students are learning and ask them to summarise, analyse and talk about the articles in class.

This is an aspect of reading newspapers that we have not been emphasising for quite some time.

Parents must also read newspapers and discuss current events with their children.

Furthermore, schools can subscribe to digital versions of newspapers and make them accessible to students through tablets and laptops.

Along with newspaper stories, teachers can add multimedia tools, like podcasts and videos, to make them more interesting for students.

As educators and parents, it is our responsibility to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate the world, and reading newspapers is an essential part of that process.



Lecturers, Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Terengganu

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times

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