Good morning teachers and friends. I am glad to have this opportunity to speak
to you today as we launch English Language Week. This is an important week when
we encourage all of you to improve your English and to use it more actively in
your daily communication. The theme this year, as you can see from the banner in
front of you, is "Read to Improve". All of us want to improve our language
skills and a good way to do this is by reading. We are focusing this year on the
reading of the newspaper. We want everyone to make the reading of newspapers a
daily habit. That's why the title of my speech is "Read the Newspaper,
Everyday". In my speech, I am going to tell you why we should read the
newspaper. I shall give you three main benefits of reading newspapers.
Why should we read the newspaper? The first reason is that newspapers give us
the latest news. We read about what is happening around us. We become aware of
current events. We don't just get news about events and happenings in Malaysia
but also from around the world. We get information about the latest events,
discoveries, and improvements in the various fields of science, technology, arts
and medicine. Thus, newspapers inform us and keep us updated about changes that
are taking place in the world.
Let me go on to another benefit. Newspapers
help to increase our knowledge. As we read the news items, for example, we learn
the names of towns and cities within Malaysia or around the world. Our knowledge
of geography improves. We might read about leaders of various countries and
become familiar with their names and their policies. We also become more aware
of social and environmental issues, health concerns, and technological
advancements. Thus, our general knowledge will improve and we will find it
easier to talk to others and to join in discussions. We will be able to
contribute to conversations because we know
more. We will be more confident. We will also appear more interesting because we
will be able to speak on various topics.
This brings me to the third, but by no means the smallest benefit. When we read
the newspaper regularly our language skills will improve. We will be able to
speak and write more effectively. How does this happen? As we read, we are
exposed to new vocabulary and a variety of
words, phrases and idiomatic language. As time goes by, we will realize that our
vocabulary has widened, and our grammar and sentence structure has improved.
This will make us feel more confident in social situations or when having to
express ourselves in writing.
Before I conclude, I would like to encourage all of you to read the newspapers.
It is affordable and definitely of benefit to us. Now that you know that reading
the newspaper can improve your language skills, increase your knowledge, as well
as bring you the latest news, you really have no reason
not to read the newspapers. You don't have to go far to get a
newspaper. It is easily available. Let's take up the challenge, boys and girls.
Read the newspaper, every day! Thank you.