Teaching Literature in an Interactive Way
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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.
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.