It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all as we received great feedback from many who attended.
"Having utmost fun at this grand event... looking forward to Word Mania next year!" - Shyuan Lim (guest)
"Thank you FrogAsia! Yet another memorable day…" - Pn Sasi Kala (teacher)
"What a jolly and joyful day!" - Elwin Raj (Winner, Lower Secondary category)
"Brilliant young minds are on the move!" - Pn Normazlina Yaacub (teacher)
"FrogAsia, you've nailed it! You can see the event was successful because everyone walked out of the event with smiles on their faces." - Mr Lim (parent)
This two-month challenge had involved 70,000 student participants, who were supported by over 2,500 teachers, from 2,000 participating schools all across Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsula Malaysia. A total of 1,618,550 games were played nationwide and 35,000,000 words spelled! Only 20 individual primary and secondary-level finalists made it to the Grand Finals where we saw each of them bring out their best game to claim the winning title of the Word Mania Challenge.
Only 2:09 minutes left on the clock for Lower Primary Students
Lim Yue Kin from SK Taman Megah in deep concentration
Students with outstanding personalities like 10-year old Lim Yue Kin from SK Taman Megah entertained the audience with his witty comments throughout the Upper Primary Category Challenge. “It’s easy as ABC!” he said, when the emcee asked how he was taking the challenge so far.
Other students like Lower Secondary student Elwin Raj from SMK Seri Bintang Utara, amazed the audience by his ability to spell a series of 20-letter words such “INTERNATIONALISATION” which gained him more than 10,000 points in only three minutes of the game!
Brave teachers and parents from the audience were also given the chance to participate in a friendly competition with each other while judges tallied up the final scores.
Deputy Education Minister II, YB P. Kamalanathan talks about equal opportunities for urban and rural schools
Our Deputy Education Minister II, YB P. Kamalanathan officiated the awards ceremony at the end of the event where the final winners were announced. Five Regional School Champions and six Top Primary and Secondary schools were also awarded for their remarkable performance in the Word Mania Challenge.
Top Primary Schools:
SK Pekan Jaya, Pahang
SK Taman Megah, Selangor
SJK (T) Ladang Bute, Kuala Lumpur
Top Secondary Schools:
SMK Dato Sri Amar di Raja (INTEG), Johor
SMK Chio Min, Kedah
SMK Datuk Panglima Abdullah, Sabah
Regional School Champions:
Central Region - SK Taman Sri Mawar, Negeri Sembilan
Northern Region - SMK Chio Min, Kedah
Eastern Region - SK Pusat Bukit Besar, Terengganu
Southern Region - SK Pulau Sebang, Melaka
East Malaysia - SMK Labuan, Labuan
Get to know the Grand Finalists:
What the people behind Word Mania had to say:
FrogAsia’s Executive Director Lou Yeoh welcomes the crowd
FrogAsia’s Executive Director Lou Yeoh expressed how the outcome of the challenge had been overwhelmingly inspiring. She mentioned that stories shared by various teachers showed just how a learning game like Word Mania has created many opportunities for teachers to help students improve their English in a fun way.
"What delighted us was that more than 6,000 students continued to register for the competition after the closing date. This demonstrates the power of using the Internet as a way to capture digital natives and develop in them a keen interest to learn," she said.
Founder and Director of LiteracyPlanet, Shane Davis
Founder and Director of LiteracyPlanet, Shane Davis spoke about how there is much potential for game-based learning apps like LiteracyPlanet to benefit our young technology-savvy learners in Malaysia today.
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A huge shout out to LiteracyPlanet, Yes, YTL Foundation, our winning champion students and schools, and of course, our supportive teachers and parents! You are A-W-E-S-O-M-E!