ABOUT 30 English schoolteachers from 21 Chinese primary schools from the Kampar district attended a Teacher Training Camp at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Kampar campus.
The intensive three-day event was aimed at helping teachers develop essential knowledge and teaching skills, as well as to educate them on planning interactive English lessons for schoolchildren.
The camp was jointly organised by Utar’s Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS), Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) and Kampar-Gopeng Chinese School Teachers’ Association.
The camp saw teachers from participating schools engaging in in-depth discussions and exchanges views with the trainers.
The training camp featured seminars on six topics: Strategic Reading, Encouraging Creativity during Writing Lessons, Teaching English under Challenging Circumstances, Using Internet Resources to Teach Speaking and Listening, Teaching of Grammar and English Language Teaching Methodologies – Through the Year.
SJKC Chung Hua Kampar teacher Nur Amelia Mohd Nazrin said the camp was very interesting and refreshing.
“I feel it’s a good opportunity for me to revise and recall what I had learnt previously.
“It’s a good platform for all of us to learn some practical tips to be applied in the classroom,” she said.
SJKC Sungai Durian Tanjung Tualang teacher Rosnah Choong Abdullah said the camp was exciting and insightful.
“The trainers are extremely well versed in their subjects and they really took the time to ensure we understood the lessons, using real-life examples,” she said.
Other participating schools included SJKC Pei Yuan, SJKC Mambang Diawan, SJKC Ying Sing, SJKC Yu Ying, SJKC Thung Hon Chendrong, SJKC Kampong Timah, SJKC Siputeh, SJKC Chung Sun, SJKC Kampung Bali, SJKC Yuk Kwan, SJKC Kg Nalla, SJKC Thung Hon, Tanjung Tualang, SJKC Man Ming, SJKC Sin Min Tronoh Mines, SJKC Sin Min Sungai Siput Selatan, SJKC New Kopisan, SJKC Jeram, SJKC Kampar (P) and SJKC Sungai Kroh.
During the opening ceremony, Kampar-Gopeng Chinese School Teacher’s Association President Foo Yuen Choy said teaching is a noble profession and teachers are often referred to as “engineers of the human soul”.
“With the responsibility of educating the younger generation on their shoulders, it is crucial for teachers to be equipped with the necessary skills that could help them become effective disseminators of knowledge,” Foo said.
Utar Student Development and Alumni Relations Vice-President Prof Dr Teh Chee Seng said he agrees with Foo, noting that teachers, being educators, have the responsibility to help and inspire students.
“I believe that behind every great student, there is always a great teacher.
“Teachers have the responsibility to grow and guide their students in learning,” he said.
“I strongly believe that this camp will be a comprehensive learning experience for the participants because it comprises talks, workshops, and discussions.
“The practical training and sharing among the schoolteachers and lecturers will help to explore new approaches and expand existing ones for them to upgrade their teaching skills and strategies,” said Teh.
Also present during the opening ceremony were Kinta Selatan District Education Office Chinese School Education Officer Lim Hoei Yien, FAS Academic Development and Undergraduate Programmes Deputy Dean V. Krishnan, DCInterNet Director Dr Tan Sin Leng, FAS Department of Languages and Linguistics HeadChristina Ong Sook Beng, Director of Division of Corporate Communication and Public Relations Head Ong Soo Weon and Utar staff.
Certificates were presented to the participants by Teh and FAS dean Dr Alia Azalea at the closing ceremony.