Group all for English language coaching programme

Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) president Vincent D’Silva said that the initiative mooted by Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) should be welcomed.

JOHOR BARU: Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) is in full support of the proposal to start a nationwide language coaching programme to boost students command of English.

Its president Vincent D’Silva said the initiative mooted by Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) should be welcomed by all.

“Those who have the capacity should sincerely support the programme to contribute towards improving the standard of English,” he said here.

He said all stakeholders have a role to play so that students consistently get the message that they can learn in school as well as acquire knowledge outside of the school as well.

“Collaboration between the school and other stakeholders must be welcomed so that innovative ways can be used to improve the standard of English.

“Nevertheless, starting an initiative is one thing but sustaining it often poses challenges, thus parents participation is most welcome,” he added.

D’Silva said for continuous participation, parents have to be given a flexible framework in which they can supplement or complement school efforts.

“It is not like parents have not done their bit to encourage children to learn English,” he said.

“It would be of limited use if parental efforts are confined to those who already have a very supportive environment for English Language learning,” he said.

He stressed that there were many target groups in rural areas who were in need of assistance due to limited users of English in those areas.

D’Silva also said that in efforts to enhance the standard of English, Jelta will continue to organise its annual conferences so that all stakeholders have the opportunity to share ideas on the best ways to teach and learn English,” he said, adding that a conference would be held between April 10 and 12 here this year.

It was reported recently that PAGE is hoping to assemble a dynamic team of coaches to improve the proficiency of the 300,000 primary and secondary schoolchildren nationwide.

The group’s chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahman had said it wants a robust English coaching programme to guide and inspire targeted students to become confident listeners, speakers, readers and writers of English.

As such, all coaches must be a “proficient user” based on the Common European Framework of Reference benchmark.

As a first step, an online survey to gauge the public’s interest in participating was recently launched.

The survey would show if qualified people were willing to coach small groups of students so that every child is given the opportunity to be proficient in the language and pursue his full potential.

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