SCOT helps students with English

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BRUNEI-MUARA

AROUND 50 unprivileged Rimba II Secondary School students are heading into the final week of the Society for Community Outreach & Training’s (SCOT) extra English language classes.

Most of the students who reside in the Rimba National Housing Scheme have been attending the classes since SCOT’s education programme started in April.

SCOT Education 2016 Project Manager Sharifah Mashhorina Malai Shahran said it has been challenging to have all the students committed in attending the Friday classes.

“The students are from Year 7 to 11, but not all of them had transport to come to the weekly classes. We can’t blame the students because perhaps their parents weren’t able to send them to the class.”

The programme aims to help the students improve their ability to speak and write in English, she said. Eight SCOT volunteers have helped carry out the weekly classes.

Apart from having all the students attend the classes, Sharifah Mashhorina said she was pleased with the outcome of the programme.

“The programme has been great. Last week, we had public speaking activities, and we’ve seen improvements from the students, especially when they speak in front of their peers.

“We encouraged the students to talk. Over the previous weeks, I had one student who refused to talk, and last week, she managed to talk. So there was a breakthrough.”

Sharifah Mashhorina said there were a few students who couldn’t understand certain English words during classes. However, SCOT’s trainers would explain the words in Malay and then repeat them in English.

“The programme has definitely been beneficial for the students by helping them improve and build their confidence,” she said.

Nuramirah Yasirah Rosli, a 16-year-old Year 11 student, said she has been attending all the Friday classes since the beginning.

“I really enjoyed all the classes, as each class had different activities to help me improve my English skills. Since these classes were available, I took the opportunity to come to all of them.”

Nuramirah Yasirah hopes SCOT will continue the programme, adding that it could help unprivileged students from other schools.

Fourteen-year-old Mohd Fadzlan Alaiwdeen Hj Adanan said he took part in the programme because he didn’t want to stay at home on Fridays doing nothing and he wanted to improve his English.

The Year 9 student, who has attended all 11 classes to date, said he also felt his English has improved, especially when conversing in the language.

“I hope SCOT will decide to come back and carry out the programme after this to help students catch up on what they missed out in English classes at school. The trainers are really good,” he said.

Sharifah Mashhorina said since the start of their programme, a teacher from another public school has approached them to carry out the same programme for students at her school.

“We’ve been talking to the teacher and we’re now planning to carry out a roadshow at the school on what SCOT is about before starting the programme again.”

She said if Rimba II Secondary School requests to continue the programme, they will look into conducting it in September or October.

She said students who are going to sit for their O-levels this year can just call their trainers and ask for help.

“I think these students need more motivation. Some of their teachers may want to carry out extra activities for the students, but they don’t have the time, and that’s why we’re here to help them.”

The Brunei Times