Teachers and officials in native speaker programme attend congress in India

Wednesday July 11, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/11/nation/11629522&sec=nation

By JEANNETTE GOON
educate@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Twelve Malaysian primary school English teachers and state language officers will be attending the Asia Human Resource Development (HRD) Congress 2012 in Bangalore, India.

The three-day fully-sponsored trip from yesterday is funded by SMR HR Group and acts to reward teachers and officials who have contributed in the native speaker programme initiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

SMR HR Group English Language Teaching project manager Michael J. Hughes said the teachers and officials are from six different states Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

Trainers of the congress will speak on topics from “Blind Spots: Opening Your Eyes to Greater Performance” to “How to Get Wild About Work: Planning for Passion”.

“It is an opportunity for the selected ones to enhance their professional development by being exposed to internationally renowned speakers and trainers, who can motivate and help them develop their skills as teachers and educational professionals,” said Hughes.

The Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and former Philippines president Fidel V. Ramos will be attending the conference.

The native speaker programme began in January 2011 and involved the deployment of 360 native speaker teacher trainers who were discharged to three areas covering the whole of Malaysia.

SMR HR Group was awarded the contract to supply 120 trainers to cover the six states on the west side of the peninsula, said Hughes.

This is part of the initiative to improve English in primary schools as part of the Upholding Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening English (MBMMBI) policy.