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Games-based teaching of English takes off in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Feb. 13, 2014
Malaysian firms FrogAsia and Yes join forces with Australia’s LiteracyPlanet to launch a nationwide 'Word Mania' spelling competition.

Rubin Muthaliar from SJK(T) Ladang Bute playing Word Mania with his sisters  modified

Rubin Muthaliar from SJK(T) Ladang Bute playing Word Mania with his sisters. Looking on is Rubin's mother

Teachers such as Senathi Rajah of SJK (T) Ladang Bute, an under-enrolled school in Sepang with only 29 students, are keen supporters of the Word Mania Challenge, encouraging students to improve their spelling skills and English vocabulary through this competition. Not only did he hold a Word Mania practice session for his students over the year-end school holidays in December last year, but he also translated a Word Mania guide into Tamil to help his students participate in the competition. Against the odds, this small school is currently in the Top 10 of the Primary School leaderboards.

"I was inspired by FrogAsia's Leaps of Knowledge conference [held in December 2013] and that is why I went the extra mile for my school, which is categorised as Sekolah Kurang Murid (SKM). This game motivates my students to become better and better and I'm really thankful for opportunities like these to motivate them," said Rajah.

FrogAsia will be hosting the grand finalists at a physical Grand Finals event to be held in Kuala Lumpur this March, during which the Word Mania winners will be selected and a prize-giving ceremony will be held. For more information visit

Students stand a chance to win a Samsung 4G Chromebook, Yes 4G devices and school prizes worth up to RM10,000 [US$3,011] including Yes' 4G devices and LiteracyPlanet subscriptions for every student in the respective winning schools.


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