Innovative Powtoon: An animated presentation in helping rural schools pupils write grammatically correct simple sentences
Abstract— Generally, English Language is known as a second language in Malaysia and it is widely used as a medium of communication besides Malay Language. Yet, the situation is a bit different in rural areas particularly in Sabah, a state located in the Eastern part of Malaysia. Apart of both languages, people in the state have their own languages and use them in daily basis. Hence, teaching English Language is really a challenge with pupils constantly have a mother tongue interference in learning English. Thus, many pupils faced difficulty in their active skill, for instance, write simple sentences with grammatically correct without a constant guidance from teachers. This research is aimed to help pupils in enhancing their writing skill. The researchers conducted an action research with Year 3 pupils in two rural schools in Sabah i.e. one school in the Sandakan District and the other school in the Kudat District with 11 pupils and 19 pupils respectively. The researchers used a tool called Innovative Powtoon, an animated presentation in assisting pupils to write simple sentences. The data was collected using survey, interview, pre-test and post test. The outcome of the research showed a promising result as there is an improvement in pupils’ writing. Since Powtoon is based on the animated presentation, it attracted the pupils to learn English in a fun way. As it is free for any presentations that less than three minutes, other teachers can use it to a great extent using their own creativity. It will benefit the school society as it can be used to teach other subjects in the future.
Keywords: Innovative Powtoon, writing skill, rural schools, innovation, tool.