Of No Sweat : The Straits Times Guide To Good English And Greater Knowledge
10 March 2005 - The Straits Times believes that the newspaper is
an invaluable resource for teaching the English language and promoting
a deeper understanding of current affairs, both local and foreign.
is why it started weekly lesson plans for upper secondary and junior
college students in September 2003, showcasing the works of Susan Long,
Janadas Devan and other senior writers, in which they examine thought-provoking
issues such as whether a class system exists in Singapore and the link
between religion and science.
Straits Times, with sponsorship from the Press Foundation of Singapore,
has gone a step further and compiled an edited selection of 25 of these
lesson plans into a book: No Sweat. The Straits Times Guide to Good
English and Greater Knowledge, to be launched on March 16.
like in the newspaper version, will come in three parts: The story,
the workplan and the worksheet. In addition, the book will feature interviews
with the authors, giving their take on developing good writing techniques.
Times editor Han Fook Kwang said: This book is a labour of love
for us. We're committed to getting more students to read more widely
and to appreciate good writing.
which ran for over a year in ST, was drawn up by Mr Philip Geer, the
author of numerous texts on English, including Simon's Saga for the
SAT I Verbal.
an extremely encouraging response from our readers. Students in their
feedback welcomed it for the many useful writing tips it offered and
said it helped them in acquiring a better understanding of issues and
concepts. Many teachers found the series an engaging additional resource
to aid further discussions and debate in the classroom.
version will be launched by Mr Han at a one-day conference titled Making
News: Teach All About It! Newspapers For An Integrated Curriculum at
the Grand Hyatt Singapore.
organised by the Press Foundation of Singapore and the English Language
and Literature Teachers Association, will be attended by 500 teachers.
Ngoi May, General Manager of the Press Foundation of Singapore, said
it was pleased to contribute to the production of the book as part of
its on-going efforts to promote newspapers as an innovative learning
and teaching tool.
showing how The Straits Times can be used to improve mastery of the
English language and knowledge of current affairs, we hope this book
would inspire the creative use of newspapers in literacy and literary
enrichment as well as in helping to connect textbook lessons with real-world
happenings, she added.
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and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks
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The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of SPH, has been serving
readers for 160 years. Launched on 15 July 1845, its comprehensive coverage
of happenings in Singapore, the region and beyond, makes it the most-read
newspaper in Singapore. It has a daily circulation of 390,000 and readership
of about 1.3 million. The Straits Times' key strength is in its world
class coverage of news outside Singapore. With 10 bureaus in major cities
around the world, The Straits Times correspondents bring world news
to readers on a Singapore platter, helping them appreciate world events
from a Singaporean perspective.
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