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Exposure To Theatre In Malay Language


On 15th July 2018, the Malay Language Unit brought 70 Secondary Three Malay Language students to the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay to watch a theatre in Malay Language entitled Al-Kesah. The main objective of this programme is to provide the opportunity for students to know and appreciate the Malay arts scene and Malay Literature.

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Al-Kesah, as part of the annual Pesta Raya 2018 organised by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, taps on the different Malay folklores of the past. It combines characters from different folklores, which are weaved into a new light-hearted storyline which discusses deep-rooted and pertinent issues that we are facing in Singapore at this juncture. Above all, the theatre showcased the effects of environmental degradation on humans and brought to light human’s nonchalant attitude towards the environment which resulted ultimately in its degradation. The theatre also provides interesting and comical insights on the need to choose a knowledgeable leader in the community to lead, without discriminating any party, in order to bring benefits to the whole society.

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Currently, all 3 Normal Technical students are engaged in a class project which requires them to stage a mini-theatre based on a Malay folklore that they have chosen as a group. The aim of this project is enhance their creativity and hone their oral and confidence skills, which are important to help them do well for their Oral Examinations. Hence, this learning journey is timely and apt in showing the students an example to model after.

The Secondary 3 Express and Normal Academic students, on the other hand, got to analyse characters and the plot of the theatre. Characterisation and the ability to modify plots or storyline to fit into the current context while still maintaining the proper structure of the story are important skills for them to master in essay writing. While the students have been practising this via conventional methods conducted in class during curriculum hours, the theatre provides them with the opportunity to learn and explore plots and character through the medium of a live theatre.

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A post-trip survey also showed that almost all students felt they became more aware and will start thinking about how their actions have an impact on the environment. On top of that, the students found the theatre meaningful and they could potentially apply whatever that they have learnt from the theatre in their real-life examination context.