155 TEACH­ERS TO JOIN WORK­SHOP

It will be the first time pri­mary, sec­ondary teach­ers at­tend same event

New Straits Times - - News - RIZALMAN HAMMIM JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY ZAIN AHMED

(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.

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