Saturday, 10 March 2012


The aesthetic component of the English Language Curriculum introduces a selection of poems, short stories, plays and novels or the express purpose of acquainting pupils with good literature in English. It is hoped that their experience with creative works will stimulate their interest in reading and therefore, support their language development.

The Ministry of Education marks the second round of the aesthetic component implementation since it started in the year 2000. The text book, A Collection of Poems, Short Stories and Drama consists of three genres namely poems written by local and foreign poets, short stories suitable for teenage readers and a drama. The texts have been chosen  based on the criteria such as authenticity, aesthetics values, moral values, moral values, humor, teenage issues, length and language.

There are 6 poems in the text book. The Ministry of Education hopes that classrooms should be lively, with pupils engaged in creative activities that will bring the texts to life. The poems are:
1. I Wonder - Jeannie Kirby
2. The River - Valerie Bloom
3. Mr Nobody - Author Unknown 
4. Heir Conditioning - M SHANmughalingam
5. A Fighter's  Lines - Marzuki Ali
6. Leisure - William Henry Davies

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