This year’s edition of R.E.A.L Schools National’s Linguistics Week celebrated a ‘first’ when all three of its Cheras Campus language departments collaborated to organize the annual event. These were namely the English, Bahasa Melayu and Chinese language departments.
The dedicated language week, held early this year, kicked off at the campus’ Hall of Character with the opening ceremony organized by members of the Linguistic Club or otherwise known as the Vanguards. The Lower Senior students performed an interesting poem recital called “O’ Captain My Captain” and a short play entitled ‘Camp Translator’. The ceremony ended with a speech by Principal Mr. Yu Weng Hong, which marked the beginning of a fun-filled week that saw each department offering its own array of activities. Among the highlights were:
- Public speaking competition
- Scrapbooking competition
- Sunway Oxbridge essay writing competition
- Crossword puzzles, and
- Slogan writing
Bahasa Melayu department
- Traditional games
- ‘Wau’ or traditional kite-making
- Traditional clothes and textile
- Traditional food and drinks, and
- Traditional products and medicines
Chinese Language department
- Traditional games
- Book fair, and
- Chinese singing competition
The objectives of Linguistics Week are three-fold. They are to:
- Inculcate interest in all three languages among students
- Practice self-discipline in acquiring essential language skills, and
- Nurture positive attitudes within students towards given tasks
In conjunction with the event, the English department also collaborated with Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Linguistic Club to hold a special two-day exhibition entitled ‘Everything You Treasure – For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons’. The exhibition aimed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of nuclear weapons and what individuals can do to prevent possible nuclear catastrophe in the future.
The highly-encouraging response to 2016’s Linguistics Week can be attributed to the host of fun, diverse and engaging activities that were concurrently offered by the trio of language departments for the first time. It is also safe to say that the annual event had gone a long way in promoting greater love, pride and interest towards our culture and language.