KK hosts 26th MELTA In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

IN en­cour­ag­ing greater crit­i­cal as­sess­ment of global trends in English lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion and how these trends trans­late into prac­tice in lo­cal set­tings, the theme for the Malaysian English Lan­guage Teach­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (MELTA) In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence this year is “New Di­rec­tions in English Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tion: Global Trends and Lo­cal In­no­va­tions”.

The con­fer­ence will be held at the TH Ho­tel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, from Aug 28 to Aug 30.

Ear­lier, a se­ries of pre-con­fer­ence work­shops themed “Shar­ing Your Sto­ries on an In­ter­na­tional Plat­form” took place in Ku­dat, Sabah to gear to­wards prepa­ra­tion for the con­fer­ence.

A to­tal of 120 pri­mary and sec­ondary English lan­guage teach­ers, Sabah State Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers from the Ku­dat Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fices as well as sev­eral prin­ci­pals, head­mas­ters and head­mistresses from the dis­trict of Ku­dat at­tended this event.

Spe­cial Tasks Min­is­ter of Sabah Chief Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Teo Chee Kang who of­fi­ci­ated the work­shop said in his speech that all the teach­ers should seize this op­por­tu­nity to share their English Lan­guage Teach­ing (ELT) class­room sto­ries to the world through the con­fer­ence.

“The con­fer­ence will pro­vide the plat­form for ex­perts and prac­ti­tion­ers to dis­cuss, to ex­plore and to com­pre­hend vary­ing poli­cies and prac­tices in the field which will even­tu­ally lead to a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the bench­mark and best prac­tices for the pro­mo­tion of English lan­guage teach­ing specif­i­cally in the state of Sabah,” he added.

MELTA con­sid­ers en­gage­ment with this theme crit­i­cal, given re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Malaysian English lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion.

The Malaysian Ed­u­ca­tion Blue­print and the English Lan­guage Roadmap sees the full scale adop­tion of the Com­mon Euro­pean Frame­work of

All the teach­ers should seize this op­por­tu­nity to share their English Lan­guage Teach­ing (ELT) class­room sto­ries to the world.

TEO CHEE KANG Spe­cial Tasks Min­is­ter for Sabah Chief Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment

Ref­er­ences for lan­guages as the mantra for bench­mark­ing English lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia, and this war­rants re­flec­tion and de­lib­er­a­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants and pre­sen­ters can share ideas and knowl­edge through pa­per pre­sen­ta­tions, work­shops and poster ses­sions dur­ing the con­fer­ence. Teach­ers also have the op­tion of pre­sent­ing in the Cre­ative Teacher Show­case cat­e­gory, a unique pre­sen­ta­tion op­tion which show­case teach­ing in­no­va­tions or teach­ing sim­u­la­tions of ef­fec­tive meth­ods and prac­tices.

At the end of the con­fer­ence, gold, sil­ver and bronze winners are named for each cat­e­gory. Prizes in­clude cash, a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion and com­pli­men­tary mem­ber­ship with MELTA.

Those in­ter­ested to present at the con­fer­ence or join as par­tic­i­pants can visit http://con­fer­ence.melta.org.my for de­tails.

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