Good Language Teaching Practices from Malaysia

This year, after successfully conducting a workshop in Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines, SEAMEO QITEP in Language (the Centre) executed similar activity in Malaysia. The workshop is a collaborative activity between the Centre and Ministry of Education of Malaysia (MoE) to compile language teaching techniques from foreign language teachers in Malaysia. The workshop was carried out on 8 – 12 October 2018, with three effective days, at Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

To achieve the aim, the MoE invited experts on foreign language and education, namely Ms Fazlinah Binti Said (MoE), Mr Muhammad Adeeb Yewkee Ng Bin Abdullah (MoE), Dr Ang Chooi Kean (International Languages Teacher Training Institute) and Mr Liew Nyok Lin (International Languages Teacher Training Institute). Moreover, the Centre’s personnel (Dr Bambang Indriyanto, Dr Sumharmoko, Mr Reski Alam Gasalba and Mr Nirwansyah) were assigned as resource persons. They assisted 30 language teachers from various regions in Malaysia consisting of teachers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Japanese to write their good practices on language teaching. In addition, the workshop was attended by Dr Razianna Abd Rahman from MoE and Prof Ir Ari Purbayanto PhD from Attaché of Education and Culture of Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

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In the workshop, the participants were given an overview of current issues related to language teaching to meet the 21st century education demands. Furthermore, the participants were asked to share their experiences on language teaching. Moreover, they were also asked to write and present the future plans on language teaching techniques in groups according to their respective languages.

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At the end, the workshop was officially closed by Dr Nagalingam Karuppiah from International Language Teacher Education Institute. For next year, the Centre will visit other SEAMEO member countries. It is expected that the compilation book itself is set to be published by 2021.

Resource persons and participants pose together for a picture after the closing ceremony.

Resource persons and participants pose together for a picture after the closing ceremony.

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