JOHOR BARU: The 11th Johor English Language Conference organised by the Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) has been postponed to next year.
Jelta chairman Vincent D’Silva said this was due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order (MCO).
The conference was scheduled to take place from June 27 to 29 with some 500 educationists attending.
D’Silva said the postponement was a blow to Jelta members and associates who had helped to raise the conference‘s profile and the event had become a strong factor in the Johor’s drive to raise English language proficiency among students in the state.
He said Jelta had no choice but to postpone the conference to next year.
The participants of the conference, selected by the Johor Education Department, are drawn from teachers, language officers, educational administrators, master teachers and English language experts from national academic institutions from other parts of the country.
The conference is free for the participants.
The theme of the now-postponed conference — “English Language Teaching and Learning: Current Developments and Opportunities” — was expected to spark lively discussions and shed light on novel methods of teaching English.
D’Silva thanked New York Hotel, the main sponsor of the conference, for its interest and willingness to help the association in their efforts to raise English language proficiency in the state.
Johor Education Department senior principal assistant director of languages, Rokiah Ahmad said Jelta’s decision to postpone the conference to next year was the right thing to do.
“Due to Covid-19, no other recourse is available, ” said Rokiah.