KUCHING: Teacher Ainul Mardhiyah Jamal is looking forward to the British Council’s second English Language Teacher Development Project (ELTDP) Symposium to be held here this week.
Ainul, who joined the project last year, created a reading corner in her classroom to encourage students to enjoy reading storybooks and improve their literacy skills.
“Before joining the ELTDP I never thought I would have the opportunity to do something as exciting as my reading corner project. I love to see the students enjoying the reading corner.
“They prefer to sit there than at their desks when doing their work. When I pass the classroom during recess, I see students reading books and playing with the materials. Students from other classes also come into my classroom and read the books,” she said.
Ainul, who teaches English at SRK Lok Yuk Tamalang in Kudat, Sabah, added that she was excited to be selected to attend the ELTDP Symposium.
“I applied to go to the symposium because I want to learn more about different teaching methods and ideas. I will also be able to share with other teachers about how I created and used my reading corner.
“I am excited but also quite nervous about attending the symposium. However, other teachers from Kudat will be attending so we can support each other, which is what this project is all about.”
Ainul, who comes from Kuala Lumpur, started teaching last year and had not expected being sent to Kudat for her first post.
“However, when I arrived and found out I would be part of the ELTDP I was so excited. Now I am happy I was sent to Kudat because I have the opportunity to be part of the ELTDP and attend the symposium in Kuching.
“I am really looking forward to meeting other teachers at the symposium from all over Borneo so I can learn from their experiences. After the symposium, I hope to bring back lots of ideas and share them with other teachers in my school and district,” she said.
Over 300 primary school English teachers from Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan, mentors, principals and Education Ministry officials will attend the symposium from Wednesday to Friday.