IN JUST three years, GAB Foundation has successfully reached out to more than 100 rural schools and over 200 English teachers in six states to equip them with enhanced teaching skills through their English Enrichment Programme (EETP).
Through the year-long initiative, the teachers have been able to raise the English language proficiency of their students in rural areas.
The success it has received inspired GAB Foundation to expand the EETP this year to a new state – Johor.
The teachers apply what they learnt in a four-day intensive training session by teaching supplementary after-school English classes back home.
To ascertain if the EETP has truly benefitted the teachers, students of those supplementary classes sit through pre-programme and post-programme tests which require them to display their English proficiency in listening, comprehension and writing.
“Based on the test results, majority of the pupils who attended the English supplementary classes have shown improvement in their English ability. We are very encouraged by the results,” said GAB Foundation chairman Datuk Seri Saw Choo Boon.
Saw explained that much of EETP’s success comes from GAB Foundation’s long term view to the initiative, “The programme is very involved as we ensure that the teachers have mentors who are able to see them through their progress.
“We test the students to ensure our programme is really helping the teachers. Finally, we are also committed to see through their students from Standard 1 to Standard 3.”
A total of 60 teachers attended the training programme which took place recently with 60% of the teachers having attended the session the year before.
“The EETP training is interesting and the lessons scheduled are lively and enjoyable. It gives the teachers the opportunity to enhance our command of English as we are taught and trained to speak the language throughout the lessons.” said Hor Kwan Fong from SJK(C) New Kopisan, Perak.
Priyadarsini, a teacher from SJK(T) Ladang Kemuning Kru, said, “I have learnt so many different teaching methods through the GAB Foundation English Programme.”