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Pearly Starfish

Quality Education

SK Dato’ Harun 1 is a school situated in Petaling Jaya. There are urban poor learners, some who are orphans, who attend the school amongst the rich PJ community. These students have low confidence, lack English proficiency and communication skills as well as digital skills. Based on our interview with their teacher, Ustaz Faizul Razali, they struggle to share their opinions and thoughts due to their surroundings that do not provide them a safe space to speak English. They feel unmotivated and shy to speak when among their friends who are more eloquent. Due to these issues, they function a few levels below their peers when asked to engage in English, even though they have untapped potentials. Thus, Dr Adelina, our head of project, has created Pearl4PJ, a project that aims to help these students improve their second language acquisition, self confidence, and love for language by providing a safe space for them to acquire the language skills. The volunteers for the project are three B Ed TESL students of Universiti Malaya who are pedagogically trained in teaching and assisting second language learners.  Nearby, is a mosque with a nazir who is interested to assist with the education of these children. The mosque is Masjid Jumhuriyah, Petaling Jaya. The project was provided with a comfortable hall to conduct lessons. Learners explored the art of English language through readers’ theatre, puppetry, games, plays, storytelling and many more. Nevertheless, post pandemic, the volunteers realized that there is a need to add to the skills that were lacking among these urban poor learners. They were digitally illiterate and while learners around the nation worked on improving digital skills for online and hybrid learning, these poor learners are not able to function with basic digital skills.  To add to the necessary skills, the volunteer-teachers started creating activities that marry both English language and digital skills for these poor learners. They often struggle with using the projector that is provided in the mosque. They frequently had to ask the mosque supervisors to set up the projector which is extremely time-consuming and inefficient. In addition, the speaker is non-functional and volunteer-teachers had to use two devices at the same time to ensure the audio is audible. Moreover, when exposing learners to digital literacy, these learners had to share the teachers’ ipad and were unable to fully experience learning at its best. This is where the extended project comes in. Pearly Starfish is an extension of the Pearl4PJ Project, aiming to help these students’ learning needs by exposing them to digital literacy. We believe by helping the students to engage with digital technologies, we are able to provide quality education to the students while increasing their interest in learning English. Thus, having good tools to aid their learning is pertinent to achieve the targeted goals for the students.

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Universiti Malaya (UM)
RM 2,074.00
Goal: RM 2,000.00
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 1.00

Overview of Issue / Background

SK Dato’ Harun 1 is a school situated in Petaling Jaya. There are urban poor learners, some who are orphans, who attend the school amongst the rich PJ community. These students have low confidence, lack English proficiency and communication skills as well as digital skills. Based on our interview with their teacher, Ustaz Faizul Razali, they struggle to share their opinions and thoughts due to their surroundings that do not provide them a safe space to speak English. They feel unmotivated and shy to speak when among their friends who are more eloquent.

 

Due to these issues, they function a few levels below their peers when asked to engage in English, even though they have untapped potentials. Thus, Dr Adelina, our head of project, has created Pearl4PJ, a project that aims to help these students improve their second language acquisition, self confidence, and love for language by providing a safe space for them to acquire the language skills. The volunteers for the project are three B Ed TESL students of Universiti Malaya who are pedagogically trained in teaching and assisting second language learners. 

 

Nearby, is a mosque with a nazir who is interested to assist with the education of these children. The mosque is Masjid Jumhuriyah, Petaling Jaya. The project was provided with a comfortable hall to conduct lessons. Learners explored the art of English language through readers’ theatre, puppetry, games, plays, storytelling and many more. Nevertheless, post pandemic, the volunteers realized that there is a need to add to the skills that were lacking among these urban poor learners. They were digitally illiterate and while learners around the nation worked on improving digital skills for online and hybrid learning, these poor learners are not able to function with basic digital skills. 

 

To add to the necessary skills, the volunteer-teachers started creating activities that marry both English language and digital skills for these poor learners. They often struggle with using the projector that is provided in the mosque. They frequently had to ask the mosque supervisors to set up the projector which is extremely time-consuming and inefficient. In addition, the speaker is non-functional and volunteer-teachers had to use two devices at the same time to ensure the audio is audible. Moreover, when exposing learners to digital literacy, these learners had to share the teachers’ ipad and were unable to fully experience learning at its best. This is where the extended project comes in.

 

Pearly Starfish is an extension of the Pearl4PJ Project, aiming to help these students’ learning needs by exposing them to digital literacy. We believe by helping the students to engage with digital technologies, we are able to provide quality education to the students while increasing their interest in learning English. Thus, having good tools to aid their learning is pertinent to achieve the targeted goals for the students.

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

Pearly Starfish aims to develop English Language Acquisition among urban poor learners in Petaling Jaya through exposure to digital literacy. It strives to improve learners’ self-confidence, motivation and interest in learning English language within a safe space through game-, story-, and resources that can be attained by engaging with digital technologies.

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

Supervisor : Associate Professor Dr Adelina Asmawi

No. of Volunteer-Instructor: 3 

  1. Hafizah Nazirah Pirdaus (018-2891084) - Leader
  2. Naqib Al Hussaini bin Nor Anuar (011-51244977)
  3. Afif Anaqin bin Farez (019-2929935)

 

Google Drive Link to our weekly lesson plans and documentations:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11SvQi7_aY875yVXii3BYAE0REtbBgyqO

 

Physical Lessons 

 

Thisproject will be ongoing until the month of December 2022.

 

Every Saturday, students will undergo lessons to improve their speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. They will be using the tablets provided to search for resources and use different kinds of apps to expose them to digital literacy. The lessons will be focusing mainly on the students’ interest and communication skills while using technology as a means to improve their acquisition.

 

Apps such as Pinterest, Canva, Youtube, Google, and Instagram will be downloaded onto each tablet and will be used in every lesson. The students will be sharing the tablets to search for the resources they need together. The volunteers will act as both teachers and facilitators to assist the students. 

 

Alternative: Online Lessons

 

Online lessons will only be done if the covid 19 cases are too high. The students will attend the lessons via Google Meet platform. Their parents will be alerted to help the students during their lessons. The lessons will be adjusted accordingly to ensure the students will be able to receive quality education despite it being done virtually. 

 

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

Learners are expected to be able to

  1. Use apps such as Youtube, Google, Canva, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Drive to search for resources.
  2. Use digital gadgets for studying purposes.
  3. Students are able to create digital solutions through the use of information they have received from the internet.
  4. Produce simple connected online text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. 
  5. Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans using apps such as tik tok and reels.
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RM 2,074.00

103% of RM2,000.00 Goal

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