STUDENTS CAPTIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THEIR MANDARIN LITERACY
At Smart Reader® Kids, every child’s linguistic abilities are enhanced through its Smart Mandarin™, Smart Bacaan, Smart Reader® English and Arabic subjects. Recognising a need in the Chinese community for further emphasis of the Mandarin language, Smart Reader Kids®conducts Mandarin Medium sessions where the mode of instruction is in Mandarin. The added emphasis is ideal for students who intend to enter Chinese National-type Schools.
The first-ever Smart Mandarin™ Storytelling Competition was held recently on 23 July at Wisma Smart Reader® I to promote the use of Mandarin as a medium of communication and self-expression.
During the preliminaries held in Penang, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, more than 100 children aged five to six years old from Smart Reader Kids® centres throughout Peninsular Malaysia came together to showcase their glowing command of the Mandarin language.
The preliminaries saw the participation of several non-Chinese participants, who performed equally as good as their Chinese counterparts. Eventually, 23 children from Smart Reader Kids®Phase 1, Setia Tropika, Smart Reader Kids® Nusa Idaman I, Smart Reader Kids® Nusa Idaman 2, Smart Reader Kids® Batu 3, Jln Ipoh, Smart Reader Kids® Permatang Damar Laut, Smart Reader Kids® Kawasan Perniagaan Sungai Rambai, Smart Reader Kids® Farlim Penang and Smart Reader Kids® Jelutong, Penang made it to the final round.
Mr Yap Wai Cheong, Head of Culture and Education Department of Sin Chew Daily served as the guest judge at the finals. Also present were Dato’ Dr K H Wang, Group Executive Director and the staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide, principals, teachers, parents and students from Smart Reader Kids® centres.
In her welcoming speech, Dato’ Dr K H Wang mentioned that early exposure to a second language greatly increases the fluency of a child in that language.
“I truly believe it is imperative for children to grow up believing that education and learning should play a fun part in their lives. The storytelling activity for example is fun and stimulates their imagination. The children become more creative as they try to bring the characters to life,” expressed Dato’ Dr Wang.
She also stated some notable key points that children can gain from entering storytelling competitions. One of which is it encourages them to have a greater grasp of the language resulting them to have a bigger and richer vocabulary. Standing on stage also boosts their confidence and teaches them to be engaged with the audience. Evidently, this leads to the development of their social and emotional well-being.
The competition ended with the prize-giving ceremony. The champion, first runner-up and second runner-up were How Yen Ling from Smart Reader Kids® Taman Nusa Idaman I, Lee Xin Yue from Smart Reader Kids® Taman Nusa Idaman 2 and Lee Cheng Qing from Smart Reader Kids®Phase 1, Setia Tropika. They each brought home a trophy and cash prizes worth RM1000, RM800 and RM500 respectively. The overall centre champion went to Smart Reader Kids®Taman Nusa Idaman I.
Other participants received hampers as consolation prizes and every child received a McDonald’s packed lunch and sweets courtesy of Smart Reader® Worldwide.