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JOHOR BAHRU: THE 1st Johor English Language Seminar (Workshops) on Writing & Speaking will be held from next Monday to Wednesday at M Suites Hotel in Johor Baru.
The seminar will help teachers, lecturers and parents meet the challenges of teaching English in secondary and primary schools.
It is organised by the hotel, state Education Department and Johor English Language Teaching Association.
The seminar offers a dynamic programme focusing on writing and speaking which brings together English language teachers to share their knowledge and ideas.
The speakers include former Universiti Sains Malaysia lecturer Lucille Dass, Mara University of Technology, Shah Alam Assoc Prof Dr Cynthia Yolanda Doss and former New Straits Times Johor bureau chief Ravi Nambiar.
Irfan Rahman, who has been teaching for 20 years for the British Council all over the world, will deliver a workshop entitled "Speak Your Mind".
Irfan will provide ideas for encouraging speaking in the classroom and solving problems that may occur in teaching speaking for non-native learners.
One of the biggest challenges for the Malaysian English language classroom is getting the students to speak.
In her workshop, Maureen Parker will introduce Jazz Chants, a highly popular method for helping students with pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary and grammar.
Parker will demonstrate some successful methods to make teaching English in the classroom more student-centred and engaging.
New Straits Times managing editor Datuk Nuraina Samad is the guest-of-honour.
M Suites Hotel is sponsoring the venue, the meals for the three-day seminar and accommodation for the speakers.
The hotel's executive director, Datin Dr Maimunah Abdul Rahman is passionate about education and believes that learning is a lifelong process.
"Education is not limited to students.
"It is also applicable to educators who should keep abreast with the latest teaching aids, strategies and technology," she said.
The registration fee is RM130 for government school teachers and RM200 for others.
For details, call Rosnah Rahim at 017-790 5426.