Help for Science teachers

  • Education
  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003

HELP Institute recently organised an English for Science training programme for 70 teachers from all parts of the country in collaboration with the Education Ministry’s Special Education Department. 

The 60-hour programme held over 10 days was spearheaded by Help’s Centre for Executive Education director Philip Tan Guan Hock and facilitated by Help lecturers Emile Alexander Dodds, Thamil Selvi Shanmugam and Dominic Abraham. 

Among the language components featured in the programme were grammar, contemporary science vocabulary, reading and comprehending articles on science, and listening and speaking skills. 

The programme objective was to equip Science teachers with “contemporary science vocabulary” and to help them increase their language proficiency, said Tan. 

SCIENCE EDUCATORS: Help Institute director of executive education Philip Tan Hock Guan (centre, seated) with some of the participants.

During workshops, the teachers were given the opportunity to teach Science in English during individual oral presentations. Such activities created a lively atmosphere full of fun, he added. 

At the end of the sessions, the teachers were teaching Science confidently in English. Help will hold more English language training sessions for teachers and staff of corporations in the months ahead. 


q HELP Institute recently held a two-day seminar and workshop, entitled Criminal Trial Preparation Procedure and Evidence, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.  

Day One of the seminar focused on theoretical issues, such as advocacy and the adversarial process in the Malaysian context, while Day Two saw participants role-play in questioning witnesses. 

Kamarul was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm. “I noticed a lot of potential from the questions they posed. I believe they have potential to become competent prosecutors,” he said. 

The students were highly appreciative of the seminar. “What I liked best was having a deputy public prosecutor conduct the workshop as we gained first-hand knowledge of court proceedings,” said student Suriya Kuchangy Vaidyan. 

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