PERAK will play host to the 25th Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta) International Conference for the first time.
Set to be held over three days from May 30 to June 1, the conference, themed “21st Century Learning in English Language Education: Embracing Technology and Progressing Pedagogy” will be held at the Amanjaya Convention Centre at the Casuarina@Meru Hotel.
Melta is working together the state government and KPerak Inc to organise the event.
Perak Communications and Multimedia Committee Chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said some 800 participants are expected to participate in the international event.
“About 30% to 40% of the participants will be from overseas.
“We will also send our language specialists to take part in it,” she told reporters during a press conference at Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s office last Wednesday.
“The event aims to strengthen the usage of English among the people,” she said.
“It is open to everyone, including school and university students,” she added.
Organising chairman Prof Dr S. Ganakumaran said there will be about 200 experts making presentations at the event.
He said aside from the presentations, there will be a royal lecture by Melta’s patron, Raja Zarith Sofiah Idris Shah, presentation of awards to individuals and corporate companies that have contributed towards empowerment of usage of English, workshops and competitions.
“We will also be bringing in a theatre performance of the Arabian Nights, performed by students of Nottingham University Malaysia Campus,” he said.
Ganakumaran said there will be a nominal entrance fee for the event.
“The fee is for us to cover the expenses of holding the event. However, there will be special rates for teachers from Perak,” he said.
“And for teachers that come from rural areas interested to join, they can also write to us,” he added.