Teaching English via games

English teaching assistant Holly Berkley and her students enjoying their English lesson at SMKekolah Menengah Cenderawasih, Kuantan.

KUANTAN - It has been six months since Holly Berkley assumed her role as an English teaching assistant (ETA) at a school here and she has certainly made an impact.

The 23-year-old American from Virginia has set up a girls futsal team at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Cenderawasih, helped organise outdoor English camps and put in extra hours after school to guide students in English lessons.

Clad in a baju kurung, Berkley said her mission here was to encourage students to speak English via various games during lessons.

"During lessons, I try to organise games and provide students with various situations in English. Getting the message across also allows for two-way communications."

Berkley's mentor at the school, Aunillah Hilmi, said Berkley's concept of teaching English was widely accepted by the students.

"They wait eagerly for her lessons."

Berkley is one of 16 Fulbright ETAs from the United States who are placed in 16 schools in Pahang.

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