Literature boost for 150 teachers

A TOTAL of 150 teachers from all over Malaysia took part in the recent Literature in Language Teaching (LILT) workshop organised by British Council Malaysia, sponsored by HSBC Bank Malaysia and supported by the Education Ministry. 

Workshops were held in Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang and Kuantan. 

Aimed at giving support to English language teachers and improving the standard of English and literature teaching and learning in the country, the workshop began last year as a Klang Valley project.  

Project facilitator Mina Patel, of British Council Malaysia, said LILT has met the needs of many teachers across the country who have the job of making Form One and Form Two literature texts accessible to students of all language abilities.  

One teacher described the workshop as “a great experience and an eye-opener to the various activities and the many glorious ways of exploring a text.” 

Teachers were shown how to encourage their students to develop thinking and creative skills when dealing with texts. 

“My boys would now, (I am sure) be able to ‘see’ the text not only with their eyes, but with an open-heart. English language learning and English literature would no longer be a burden to any student,” said another teacher at the end of the workshop. 

The project is part of the HSBC’s continuing commitment towards education in Malaysia. 

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