155 TEACHERS TO JOIN WORKSHOP
It will be the first time primary, secondary teachers attend same event
THE Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) will be organising the 2nd Johor New Straits Times-Newspaper in Education (NST-NIE) workshop at Grand Bluewave Hotel here on May 8.
A total of 155 primary and secondary English teachers from the district will take part in the oneday workshop sponsored by Grand Bluewave Hotel.
Jelta president Vincent D’Silva said the workshop would see the participation of primary and secondary English teachers for the first time as separate workshops were held for them previously.
“We feel that these teachers have many things in common, which is why we are bringing them together so that they can benefit collectively from this workshop.”
D’Silva said the workshop would help teachers engage students with current issues.
“The time has come where textbook-bound classrooms will not produce the kind of learning outcome we would like from students. We need to think outside the box.
“Teachers need to make English come alive in classrooms and make the subject fun to learn.
“This is where the newspapers come in,” he said.
Johor Baru Education Office English Language officer N. Vijayan said participants would be chosen by their respective schools.
“We have asked each school in Johor Baru to send one teacher for the workshop,” he said.
Grand Bluewave Hotel general manager Long Cheow Siong said sponsoring the workshop was part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.
“It has always been our policy to contribute to education. We have conducted CSR programmes where we sponsor books and other equipment for needy students. This is an extension of our previous programmes.”
He said the last time the hotel sponsored an NST-NIE workshop was 19 years ago.
“During that time, other sponsors came forward to sponsor the programme. After this, we are considering sponsoring the workshop every year.”
Besides the venue, the hotel will provide lunch and two tea breaks, as well as three rooms as accommodation.
The NST Education editor Hazlina Aziz will represent NST group editor Yushaimi Yahaya at the workshop and deliver the opening address.
(From left) Johor Baru Education English Language officer N. Vijayan, state NST bureau chief Ahmad Fairuz Othman, Johor English Language Teaching Association president Vincent D’Silva, Grand BlueWave Hotel general manager Long Cheow Siong and admin executive officer Sutha Menon in Johor Baru yesterday.