Tuesday, June 19, 2012
THE 21st Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta) international conference was held in Kuala Lumpur on May 28 and 29. It was attended by more than 500 delegates as well as local and foreign presenters.
Melta was formed in 1982 to promote English language teaching in Malaysia. It is committed towards the professional development of English language educators in line with national aspirations.
The Melta international conference was opened by its royal patron, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, who spoke on the need to advance English language education in the country.
Melta president Associate Prof Dr Ganakumaran Subramaniam expounded on the theme “Reframing English Language Education: New Environments, New Needs, New Solutions”.
For two days, English language educators were treated to a literary feast of genres and language skills by presenters from all over the world.
The Melta conference is a melting pot of innovations and new insights and dimensions into teaching practices. It offers opportunities for Malaysian English language teachers to meet and benefit from the presentations of English Language teaching experts from Malaysia and abroad.
Hopefully, English language teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as English language lecturers in colleges and universities would become members of Melta.
Apart from the conference and seminars, Melta members will get newsletters and journals on English language teaching.
The Melta conference is a good platform for educators and researchers to present their findings. All English language educators should try to attend the proceedings to gain new insights and experiences. Schools must make provisions for the English language teachers to attend the event.
Samuel Yesuiah, Seremban, Negri Sembilan
Read more: TEACHERS: Be part of Melta and learn from experts – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/teachers-be-part-of-melta-and-learn-from-experts-1.95941#ixzz1yCPZ6SNu