Teaching Literature in an Interactive Way

Shared by Johnny Tiang Kah Hoe (A126075)

Literature is an excellent method to introduce other varieties of English. Literature is able to open up multi-traditional aspects of human life, which encourages students to broaden their horizons. According to Muniandy et al. (2010), by introducing literatures that is very much Malaysian, students will be exposed to new uses and forms of their own language.

The ministry of Education has introduced English Literature as a subject into the secondary school curriculum. This subject is claimed to be able to replace PPSMI (Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris , which is planned to be abolished in 2012, to play a role to improve English language proficiency among the students.

There are several teaching approaches such as video, role play, dramatisation, questioning that can be used in teaching literature to the students. In this essay, I will suggest the use of interactive game produced by an application called “Hot Potatoes” in teaching literature. Below is a simple interactive task that is created using “Hot Potatoes” to teach a short story “QWERTYUIOP” to the form four students. The game requires the students to arrange the events in the short story in a correct sequence. Students can evaluate thenselves by click the button “Check” after they finished their events arrangement. Teacher interruption in the task accomplishment is at minimum level. Thus, students can practice independent learning in their task fulfillment.

An Interactive Game

You can download the tutorial and installer of Hot Potatoes from http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ to create your own interactive games. It is a simple application to be utilised.


Muniandy, Mohan K., Nair, Gopala Krishnan Sekharan, Krishnan @ Shanmugam, Shashi Kumar, InnaAhmad,      Norashikin Mohamed Noor. 2010. Sociolinguistic competence and Malaysian students’ English language proficiency. English Language Teaching 3(3): 145-151.

2 responses

  1. I do not agree with the abolition of PPSMI as I believe young Malaysians are benefitting from it. English Literature is not enough to boost the English language proficiency among students. Starting English Literature at high school is a bad idea and I believe it should have been started at primary school level. Why don’t the government leave PPSMI alone and understand how English is now a lingua franca in science, medicine, technology and media? If PPSMI stays, Malaysian kids have the edge at international level but also be up to par with their European and English-speaking counterparts when it comes to sciences, maths, medicine and technology. If it goes, then it is back to Malaysian kids struggling with scientific and mathematical terms in English if they go overseas to study.

    April 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    • i agree with ur opinion, friend. In addition, changing and reversing of the Educational policy so frequently will only burden the students and worry the parents.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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