Pro­fi­ciency in teach­ing English

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ENGLISH is to­day en­trenched as a global lan­guage. Its im­por­tance in the workplace and other ar­eas can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Re­search has shown that one in four of the world’s pop­u­la­tion speaks English.

What is more in­ter­est­ing is that ap­prox­i­mately 375 mil­lion people speak English as their first lan­guage and more than 375 mil­lion people speak English as their sec­ond lan­guage. English has of­fi­cial sta­tus in at least 75 coun­tries with a pop­u­la­tion of over two bil­lion.

Its wide­spread use in prac­ti­cally all as­pects of life and the workplace is un­ques­tion­able. The use of English as the main in­ter­na­tional lan­guage in busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions, IT, ed­u­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, pop mu­sic, ad­ver­tis­ing, aca­demic con­fer­ences, travel, air­ports, air­traf­fic con­trol, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, diplo­macy, sports and as an “of­fi­cial” lan­guage in in­ter­na­tional events equates it as a sine qua non of progress, power and moder­nity.

Nearly 80% of the in­for­ma­tion stored in the world’s com­put­ers and 85% of In­ter­net home pages are in English.

In the field of ICT or in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies, the po­si­tion of the English lan­guage is also un­ri­valled, as it is the first lan­guage of about 68% of Web users.

Not only has the use of English changed in re­cent years, its mul­ti­fac­eted ap­pli­ca­tion in the global arena also makes it wor­thy of recog­ni­tion.

Its im­por­tance and role in achiev­ing Malaysia’s vi­sion of de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus by 2020 can­not be mit­i­gated.

The English lan­guage is in fact the en­gine that drives the ve­hi­cle to­wards the achieve­ment of this goal. It is in this vein that a de­mand for teach­ers who spe­cialise in English lan­guage teach­ing can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing this, PTPL Group of Col­leges of­fers a Di­ploma in English Lan­guage Teach­ing (DELT) through the School of Busi­ness Man­age­ment & Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies (SBMP).

The pro­gramme is de­signed to help stu­dents de­velop pro­fi­ciency in the meth­ods of teach­ing English.

One of the ways of learn­ing a lan­guage well is to pre­pare one­self to teach it. This pro­gramme trains stu­dents to learn dif­fer­ent as­pects of the English lan­guage from a teacher’s point of view.

It is also aimed at bridg­ing the gap be­tween the­ory and prac­tice of the method­ol­ogy of teach­ing English. Prospec­tive teach­ers will find that the fo­cus of the pro­gramme is pri­mar­ily on the var­i­ous as­pects of teach­ing English.

The pro­gramme also aims at de­vel­op­ing read­ing and writ­ing skills be­sides vo­cab­u­lary.

The PTPL DELT pro­gramme dif­fers from other pro­grammes in the coun­try be­cause of its em­pha­sis on soft skills such as us­ing ICT, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, pub­lic speak­ing, de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship skills, de­vel­op­ing crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing. In­di­vid­u­als who wish to teach English may opt for this pro­gramme.

Upon com­ple­tion of the di­ploma, stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble to fur­ther their stud­ies to sec­ond year Bach­e­lors de­gree at Man­age­ment & Sci­ence Univer­sity (MSU) through the Fac­ulty of Busi­ness Man­age­ment &

Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies (FBMP).

For fur­ther de­tails, con­tact Coun­selling & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at 03-5513 6688 or log on to www.ptpl.edu.my. SMS by typ­ing e-mail<space>INFOPTPL<space> name and send­ing to 013-243 3677, 017-399 3034 or 016-630 8966.

The pro­gramme trains stu­dents to learn dif­fer­ent as­pects of the English lan­guage from a teacher’s point of view.

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