UTAR’s two divisions; Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) and Division of Programme Promotion (DPP) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS) jointly organised a fun and interactive English Language Camp for a group of school children and orphans on 12 July 2014. The camp was held at the Heritage Building, UTAR Perak Campus.
The participating schools were SJK (T) Mambang Diawan and SJK (T) Kampar, along with Joyful Home which is an orphanage in Ipoh. The pupils were accompanied by teachers from the schools and a representative from the orphanage.
Assisted by student facilitators, the camp started with an ice-breaking session for the pupils to get to know one another. They were divided into groups with 10 members each. Every group sat in a circle where members introduced themselves and passed on a ball to a fellow member whose name they knew and called out.
For the following activity, an indoor game called ‘Peek-a-who’, each group was further divided into two teams with five members each. It was a test of memory and speed, as two nominated pupils from each team raced to call out their opponent’s name after a blanket separating them was removed. The game filled the room with joyous laughter.
Following suit was an outdoor activity which tested the pupils’ listening skills and reflexes. They were required to listen to a series of commands given by the facilitators, and performed the suggested action only when the phrase, ‘Tiger says’, was mentioned.
The pupils were once again drilled on their listening skills during the story telling session titled ‘Mr Lion and Mouse’. They were tasked to come up with questions based on the story. They raised the questions during two separate talk shows that were held simultaneously for the characters, Lion and Mouse, which were portrayed by the facilitators.
There was a photo-taking session for the pupils before the camp came to an end. During the closing ceremony, FAS Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Priscilla Moses presented the souvenirs to the teachers and representative from the orphanage.
Established in 2002 with 411 students, today, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) offers more than 110 programmes in fields including Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Agriculture, Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Industries and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Process Management, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Social Science and Education to over 23,000 students in its nine faculties, three institutes and three centres located in three Klang Valley campuses in Bandar Sungai Long, Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya and the main campus in Kampar, which was awarded the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) gold award in the education category in 2013. The employability of its 33,000 over graduates exceeds 97 percent within six months after graduation.
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