KUALA LUMPUR: Astro has launched ‘Oh My English!’, which aims to help Malaysians improve their spoken English.
Supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the new initiative is part of the company’s commitment to offer customers content that goes beyond entertainment and helps to educate, inform and enrich lives.
Astro has equipped 10,000 schools with flatscreen TVs, Astro services and access to 17 local and international learning channels such as History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Astro Tutor TV, and Astro TVIQ.
‘Oh My English!’ is an educational comedy which aims to make viewers laugh and learn conversational English at the same time.
It airs every Sunday at 10am on Astro TVIQ (Channel 610).
Set in the fictional SMK Ayer Dalam, ‘Oh My English!’ follows the adventures of Kelas 3 Merah students, who are notorious for their mischief-making and poor academic results.
Dashing new English teacher Henry Middleton soon arrives at the school from the UK to take on the challenge of teaching this rowdy bunch.
The cast includes actress and singer Adibah Noor, comedians Harun Salim Bachik and Mr Os, as well as Zain Saidin who plays Middleton.
In addition, ‘Oh My English!’ also features rising young stars such as Izara Aishah, Addy Ashraf, as well as siblings Ahmad Ezzrin and Nurul Ezlisa Loy, along with Mohd Zhafir Muzani, Kaameshaa Ravindran, Amer Sharrif, Tan Teong Sik and Muhammad Akhmal Mohamad Nazri.
There will also be cameos from celebrities such as Lisa Surihani, Rozita Che Wan and Nabil Raja Lawak.
A number of ‘Oh My English!’ short viral videos feature international superstars such as Greyson Chance and Maher Zain.
Every episode contains three short English capsules and each will deliver bite-sized English lessons, which explain the correct use of English in terms of grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure or pronunciation.
Astro has collaborated with the British Council to develop English learning content, including comprehensive materials and worksheets, which viewers can easily access via the official ‘Oh My English!’ website.
The ‘Oh My English!’ sitcom on TV will be complemented by a multimedia learning experience online, via the red button, on radio, through official ‘Oh My English!’ workshops, in schools, in print and via games.
Astro recognises the importance of its role in providing new and innovative opportunities to encourage lifelong learning among Malaysians.
Since 2009, Astro has worked with the MOE to bring world-class learning content to schools nationwide under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative — Kampus Astro.
Go to www.ohmyenglish.com.my to learn more about the show or learn English through games and other activities.
‘Oh My English!’ is also available for Njoi customers from June 8 via Astro Prima (Channel 105) every Friday at 9.30pm.
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