English language conference in Johor


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JOHOR BARU: Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) is expected to attract some 500 teachers from all over Johor and other states during the 10th Johor English Language Conference this year.

Conference organising chairman Vincent D’Silva said the three-day conference from July 27 to 29 at New York Hotel Johor Baru will be opened by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

“The conference this year is extra special as Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Nurul Izzah Anwar will also be attending. “The United States ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir, will also be giving a speech during the opening ceremony of the conference,” he said in a press conference at Southern Chinese Press Club house here.

“Some well-known speakers from local and foreign universities, including from Thailand, Singapore and China, will also present papers during the conference.

“There will also be six plenary presentations and about 20 workshops covering topics such as ‘The Transformation Journey of Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Bridging the Gap between the Classroom and the Real World’,” he said, adding that the Star-NiE workshop would also be conducted during the conference.

D’Silva, who is also Jelta president, said the conference was aimed at providing a platform for teachers, especially those teaching in rural areas, to learn about methods that would better facilitate teaching and learning in classrooms.

“We will be presenting the Johor Excellent English Language award to four outstanding teachers who have contributed to the development of English language teaching in the state.

He added that teachers from private schools and institutions as well as tuition teachers are also welcome to attend the conference.

Exhibition booths will be set up during the conference and participants can buy books and multimedia products here.

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