Kinaesthetic Reading & Oral Activities

We are building up this page to share with you the kinaesthetic reading and oral activities we used for NT classes. Please note that our reading texts also include a version where we provide students scaffolds where to pause within a sentence to guide them to read well.

Reading Aloud Activities

Mimicking An Action
Students sit in a circle of 5-8 with a teacher joining them. Every member is given a reading passage where they take turn to read aloud 4-5 word in the passage. However, they need to read the passage mimicking someone who is (a) whispering, (b) laughing, (c) crying, (d) in pain, (e) burping, (f) sneezing, (g) snoring and the list may go on. Teacher chooses an action for reading the whole passage or a paragraph. This activity can be repeated a few times with different actions. If there are more than one group, a symphony competition can be carried out to see which group can read the passage coherently mimicking a chosen action(s).

Note: Teachers are encouraged to engage students to come up with the list of actions together.

[NT]Reading text 1

Translate What I Have Read
Students sit in a circle of 6-8 with a teacher joining them. In the circle, every member sits next to a buddy and both are given a reading passage. Each pair takes turn with one reading the passage aloud and the other translates it aloud into English after every sentence read by his buddy. Repeat this activity to allow every members the opportunity to read the passage and translating it into English.

[NT]Reading text 2

Nujum Pak Belalang Parody
The teacher plays the video below:

Students act the scene in the video using the reading passage. For this, students sit in pairs. In each pair, a student chooses to read 1-5 words from the passage while the other student repeats these words as in the video. Teacher repeats the activity again if the students are up for it to allow them to assume different roles in the act.

[NT] Reading text 3

Reading Dice

Taken from Minds in Blooms from Rachel Lynette

Students sit in pairs to create reading dices. The reading dices include reading tasks like read five sentences, choose someone to read three paragraphs, etc. Students then get into groups, choose randomly a dice, roll it and carry out the reading task stated on the faced-up side of the dice.

Template for the reading dice can be found here.

[NT] Reading text 4

Silly Reading Tasks

Taken from Minds in Blooms from Rachel Lynette

To prepare this reading task, the teacher copy the silly reading tasks below into individual pieces and place them in a bag or basket. The teacher may ask students to contribute silly reading tasks to create better ownership of the activity in them.

    • Read like you are underwater
    • Read like you are very old
    • Read like you are scared
    • Read in a squeaky voice
    • Read really slowly
    • Read really fast
    • Read like you have a great announcement
    • Read like you just got a tooth pulled
    • Read like you are a car salesman
    • Read and alternate your volume from quiet to loud
    • Read like you are super happy
    • Read like a pirate
    • Read like a zombie
    • Insert the word “like” a lot while reading
    • Read like you are from another country (with an accent)
    • Read like you are sad
    • Read like you are an opera singer
    • Read in a deep, low voice
    • Read like you are angry
    • Read like you are sharing a secret
    • Read like you are a fairy tale princess
    • Read like you are a newscaster reporting the news
    • Read like you are a surfer
    • Read like you are an elf

Have students select a silly reading task from the bag or basket and read the passage out loud in the silly manner or voice.

[NT] Reading text 5

Oral Activities

Why Do? Why Don’t?
In this activity, students offer advices to a group member of what to do and not to do to portray a positive self-image in various social setting like when going for a date, a job interview, a wedding reception, etc. The ones whom the advices are offered ask why or why not to request for clarity from their peers.

Oral questions

1. Adakah kamu berusaha menunjukkan imej yang positif dalam diri sebelum keluar rumah? Ceritakan apa yang kamu lakukan.

mandi dan membersihkan diri
mengenakan pakaian yang kemas serta sesuai
menyikat rambut dan menggunakan minyak wangi

2. Bolehkah kamu memetik contoh-contoh imej yang tidak positif apabila keluar rumah?

mulut yang busuk serta badan yang berbau
rambut yang tidak disikat dan kelihatan tidak terurus
mengenakan pakaian yang tidak digosok serta tidak sesuai

3. Senaraikan beberapa faedah yang boleh kita raih bila kita menunjukkan imej yang positif apabila keluar rumah.

dapat membina yakin diri
mudah didekati oleh kawan
tidak dipersendakan oleh kawan
akan dihormati dan dipandang mulia

Come & Visit
In this activity, students put on the hat of a tour promoter promoting a holiday destination that they had been to either locally or abroad. They are encouraged to refer to Instagram photos in their phones of their recent holiday trip and recall interesting things tourists can do there and what they must be careful about. Students can jot down these points onto a notepad in their phones.

Once completed, each student takes turn to promote their holiday destinations in a 3-5 minutes speech. Their voices should be vibrant, fresh and cheerful to best engage their audience.

At the end of the promotion, the teacher asks the audience to choose the tour promoter who has made the most compelling presentation and share what he or she did right. The teacher concludes the lesson by asking students to reflect and share the benefits of visiting other countries.

Oral questions

1. Pernahkah kamu mengunjungi ke luar negara? Ceritakan mengapakah negara tersebut menjadi pilihan kamu.

kos perbelanjaan murah
ada tempat menarik yang ingin dikunjungi
tidak pernah mengunjungi negara tersebut

2. Bolehkah kamu memetik contoh-contoh pengalaman menarik apabila kamu berada di negara itu?

3. Senaraikan beberapa faedah yang boleh kamu perolehi apabila mengunjungi ke luar negara.

dapat belajar dan mencuba bahasa baru
dapat mengunjungi tempat menarik di sana
dapat berbelanja besar kerana harga barang murah
dapat mencuba makanan tempatan yang pelik tetapi enak
dapat mengenal budaya yang berbeza dengan negara sendiri
dapat beriadah bersama keluarga dan mengeratkan hubungan
dapat merasai makanan traditional yang tidak terdapat di negara sendiri

Disharmony Acts
In this activity, students work in groups to plan and act out a scene of disharmony. At the end of their performances, the teacher facilitates a class discussion for deeper understanding by asking the audience to identify the root cause of the disharmony and what could have been done to prevent it.

Oral Questions

1. Adakah kamu pernah menghadapi masalah apabila berkerjasama dengan rakan-rakan dalam satu kumpulan? Ceritakan masalah yang kamu hadapi itu.

2. Bolehkah kamu memetik contoh-contoh cara yang boleh diambil oleh kumpulan kamu untuk mengelakkan masalah tersebut?

memilih ketua kumpulan yang baik
menyokong keputusan yang diambil oleh ketua kumpulan
memberi peluang untuk semua ahli kumpulan memberikan pandangan
setiap ahli kumpulan tidak mengkritik pandangan ahli kumpulan yang lain
tidak mengkritik keputusan ketua kumpulan secara senyap di belakangnya

3. Senaraikan beberapa masalah yang boleh timbul jika kita gagal bekerjasama dengan baik bersama rakan-rakan dalam kumpulan kita.

akan dimarahi oleh guru
setiap ahli kumpulan akan berbalah
hubungan ahli kumpulan akan menjadi renggang
tugasan yang diberi tidak dapat diselesaikan dengan baik
tidak dapat pelajari kemahiran bekerjasama dalam satu pasukan yang berjaya

Singapore is ‘Shiok’!

In this activity, students brainstorm as a class what experiences tourists may find ‘shiok’ in Singapore. Then after, students take turn to share in details one of these experiences. The teachers concludes the lesson with a class discussion by asking students a reflective question: What benefits can Singapore gained  if many tourists visit Singapore?

Oral Questions

1. Apakah pengalaman yang menarik bagi kamu di Singapura? Ceritakan pengalaman kamu itu.

2. Bolehkah kamu memetik contoh-contoh perkara yang menarik yang boleh dialami para pelancong di Singapura?

menonton acara perayaan hari kebangsaan
menyaksikan acara perlumbaan kereta Formula Satu
merasai makanan tradisional empat kaum utama Singapura
mengunjungi pelbagai jenis museum yang terdapat di Singapura
menaiki Singapore Flyer untuk menyaksikan pusat bandar Singapura di udara

3. Senaraikan beberapa faedah yang boleh timbul jika Singapura berjaya menarik minat pelancong.

ramai pelancong mahu datang ke Singapura
pusat tarikan akan terus mendapat kunjungan
Singapura menjadi sebuah negara yang terkenal
perniagaan akan maju kerana pelancong akan berbelanja
pelancong dapat mengenal lebih banyak mengenai Singapura

CNY Whys?

In this activity, students list down what they observed their Chinese neighbours do to prepare and celebrate the Chinese New Year. They discuss and share in pairs the beliefs behind these practices, and how they differ from the practices of Muslims during hari raya. The teacher concludes the activity by asking students the benefits of knowing how other races celebrate their festive occasions.

Oral Questions

1. Adakah kamu pernah melihat suatu acara perayaan kaum lain? Ceritakan apa yang kamu nampak.

2. Bolehkah kamu memetik contoh-contoh perkara yang menarik perhatian kamu dalam acara tersebut?

warga Cina menyaksikan tarian naga
mereka tidak menyapu rumah pada hari perayaan mereka
mereka hanya memberikan buah oren dengan bilangan genap
mereka mengenakan pakaian berwarna merah atau keemasan
mereka memberikan wang dalam bilangan genap dalam sampul duit berwarna merah kepada anak-anak

3. Senaraikan beberapa faedah yang boleh timbul jika kita mengambil tahu mengenai perayaan kaum lain.

wujud rasa hormat di antara kaum
tidak timbul salah faham di antara kaum
dapat mengeratkan hubungan antara kaum
wujudkan suasana harmoni hidup dalam masyarakat pelbagai kaum
menyebabkan kaum lain ingin mengambil tahu mengenai perayaan kita

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