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English is one of the most important languages in the world.

It can even be said o be the single most important language. Yes, other languages are important too, but not for the same reasons as English is important. English is important because it is, maybe, the only language that truly links the whole world together. If not for English, the whole world may not be as united as it is today. The other languages may be important for their local values and culture.

English can be used as a language in any part of the world. This is because at least a few people in each locality would know the language. Though these people might not have the same accent as others, the language at least will be understandable. There are various reasons for the importance of English language. They are listed below.

1. Travel: When a person travels to another part of the world either for the sake of business or even as a tourist, the languages may differ. In these conditions, English is the language that helps people to deal with the situation. It is like a universal language.

2. Same country: In countries like India, where the land is so vast with people of various cultures live, the languages of each part of the country also differ. Under the circumstances, English can be the only link as people in each place will not be able to learn all the other languages to communicate with the people. English bridges this gap and connects the people.

3. Education / Studies: The presence of English as a universal language assumes importance in the fact that more and more people leave their countries not only for the sake of business and pleasure, but also for studying. Education has increased the role of English. People who go to another country to study can only have English as their medium of study. This is because the individual will not be able to learn a subject in the local language of the country. This again reinforces the fact that

English language is very important.

4. Correspondence: All correspondences between offices in different countries and also between political leaders of various countries is in English. This linking factor also tells of the importance of English language.

5. Internet: In spite of the growth of Internet in various languages, English is the mainstay of the Internet users. This is the language in which most of the information and websites are available. It is very difficult to translate each and every relevant webpage into the language of various countries. With Internet becoming very important in E commerce and also in education, English language is bound to grow. Thus the importance of English as a language is emphasized.

The future of English as a language is very secure. In this era of consolidation and trying to unify various aspects of life, it will not be long before English can be made as a single language of the world like the single currency and the union of various nations.

A consistent use of English Language will ensure pupils at their tender age inculcate the essential skill needed. Reading, speaking, listening, writing and grammar in English Language are five important skills pupils should master. Therefore, an English Language Programmes was planned to be implemented in SK SIMPANG PULAI, Ipoh Perak.

4. Correspondence: All correspondences between offices in different countries and also between political leaders of various countries is in English. This linking factor also tells of the importance of English language.

5. Internet: In spite of the growth of Internet in various languages, English is the mainstay of the Internet users. This is the language in which most of the information and websites are available. It is very difficult to translate each and every relevant webpage into the language of various countries. With Internet becoming very important in E commerce and also in education, English language is bound to grow. Thus the importance of English as a language is emphasized.

The future of English as a language is very secure. In this era of consolidation and trying to unify various aspects of life, it will not be long before English can be made as a single language of the world like the single currency and the union of various nations.

A consistent use of English Language will ensure pupils at their tender age inculcate the essential skill needed. Reading, speaking, listening, writing and grammar in English Language are five important skills pupils should master. Therefore, an English Language Programmes was planned to be implemented in SK SIMPANG PULAI, Ipoh Perak.

INTRODUCTION
Educators have long known that the arts can contribute to student academic success and emotional well being. The ancient art of storytelling is especially wellsuited for student exploration. As a folk art, storytelling is accessible to all ages and abilities. No special equipment beyond the imagination and the power of listening and speaking is needed to create artistic images. As a learning tool, storytelling can encourage students to explore their unique expressiveness and can heighten a student's ability to communicate thoughts and feelings in an articulate, lucid manner. These benefits transcend the art experience to support daily life skills. In our fast-paced, media-driven world, storytelling can be a nurturing way to remind children that their spoken words are powerful, that listening is important, and that clear communication between people is an art.

( Source : Internet, Arts) Story

AIMS
This competition was held for several reasons. The activities were organized to tap the talents and abilities of the pupils. With this interest education can be improved. Besides these activities are hoped to produce student who dare to speak in public. This is one of the first step before they move in society. Therefore, hoped that they could hang out and make a meaningful contribution in society. This was one of the expectations of the leaders in this country. The people of Malaysia should have the nature of courage and are able to face these challenged.

OBJECTIVE
Gaining Verbal Skills Becoming verbally proficient can contribute to a student's ability to resolve interpersonal conflict nonviolently. Negotiation, discussion, and tact are peacemaking skills. Being able to lucidly express one's thoughts and feelings is important for a child's safety. Clear communication is the first step to being able to ask for help when it is needed. Imagination Both telling a story and listening to a well-told tale encourages students to use their imaginations. Developing the imagination can empower students to consider new and inventive ideas. Developing the imagination can contribute to selfconfidence and personal motivation as students envision themselves competent and able to accomplish their hopes and dreams. Passing On Wisdom Storytelling based on traditional folktales is a gentle way to guide young people toward constructive personal values by presenting imaginative situations in which the outcome of both wise and unwise actions and decisions can be seen.

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME


This Story Telling Competition was carried out from 4rd April until 8th April 2011. The launching ceremony was held during the weekly assembly on Monday morning by The Headmaster, Mr Rustam Affandy bin Abdul Aziz,PIMP,AMN,PJK. The closing ceremony was held on Friday morning. All pupils who participated in the competition were given presents and certificates of appreciation

TARGET GROUP
Pupils involved consisted of the Level Two ( Year four, five and six) pupils.

REPORT

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The competition was organized by the English Panel of Sekolah Kebangsaan Simpang Pulai. The teachers involved consisted of teachers who taught English and other teachers who helped to lounch the competition. The teacher in-charge in story telling competition was Puan Nor Hasnita. It was held on 4 and 5 April 2011. Pupils of Year 4 and 5 were involved. The participants were to tell a story based on the themes set by the organizers. The themes were courage and beneficial. There were 10 participants and they were given 6 to 15 minutes to present. It took 2 days to finish the competition. The venue was at the school hall ( Dewan Permai ) and all the pupils from other classes were invited to watch and give supports. From the competition, talented pupils were selected. The judges were the teachers from year 6 teachers. The winners were selected based on their pronunciation, intonation , fluency and gestures. The champion for year 4 this competition was Mohd Nasir from Year 4 Gemilang. He told a story about Rapunzel. The second winner was Siti Nur Hanani also from Year 4 Gemilang. The story that she presented was Hang Tuah and Nurul Saadah from Year 4 Cemerlang, won the third place. The story was How The Tapir Got Its Colour. The winners from year 5 were Nur Aishah from Year 5 Gemilang, Intan Azura from Year 5 Cemerlang and Muhd Faisal also from Year 5 Cemerlang. It was an exciting and healthy competition and the prizes were given away during the school assembly. The pupils who won the competition, presented their story during the assembly.

STRENGTHS PROGRAMME

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The activities were carried out successfully. All the English language teachers gave full commitment and support. Besides, the commitment came from the teachers from other fields. They joined the activities without any arguments. The teachers who were in- charged were very committed and they did the work excellently. The teachers gave hands and that was the best things happened. However, a few weaknesses existed. It was about the time given for the organizers to finish up the activity as scheduled. The teachers were struggling and busy like bees. Even though, they managed to get through all the difficulties, they were very exhausted. Secondly, the participation from the pupils. Absentees could not join because of the limited time. Teachers could not give time for them to do the activity because they were running out of time. Thirdly, it was about the financial problems. We, the organizers donated RM10.00 each to buy the prizes. The money was also taken from the pupils who paid to join.

SUGGESTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


The members of English members had a meeting to overcome the weaknesses next time. We hope that the headmaster can pass the issue regarding financial problem to PIBG members. The money will be used meaningfully to buy the prizes. Regarding to the limited time given, we hope the administrators could give us longer time to make sure all the teacher and pupils can manage the time and practiced well.

CONCLUSION

We very hopeful so that all activities that carried out can provide benefits to the pupils. Indirectly student can use in time that appear. The English panel committees and members hope for better improvement for next year and make use of all the efforts meaningfully.