THINK big,start small.That's the working principle applied by the Terengganu State Education Resource Centre (TSERC)towards its latest innovative project – the TerengganuEnglish Resource and Information Centre (Teric).
Housed in the State Education Resource Centre in the Marang district, and sponsored by ExxonMobil, Teric is a place for teachers to come together and make full use of facilities that will enhance the way they teach English in schools. It was set up in 1998 to tackle teaching problems in English, after reports indicated that teachers or the way they teach was a major contributing factor to the poor performance in English papers in the UPSR, PMR and SPM examinations by schools in the district.
“English teachers are in dire need of help with many still hesitant to change the way they teach,” laments principal assistant director Nurhizan Abdul Manab. She explains that Teric and other state education resource centres are avenues to discuss problems and come up with inventive solutions or projects.
“How you teach is just as important as what you teach,” she adds.
Teric is equipped with English reference materials, including books, magazines, journals, as well as several teaching and learning kits which can be borrowed or duplicated. The centre also has an audio-visual centre for teachers to scout for and prepare teaching aids for their respective schools. Four computers are linked to the Internet to encourage teachers to search for information online.
More recently, English books and other reference materials for Science and Mathematics have become available, targeted at teachers who teach in English.
“Personal development is also a main concern of ours,” says project coordinator, Sabariah Muhammad Yusof, adding that teachers need to feel confident about themselves and what they are teaching.
“It's useless for teachers to memorise the syllabus and not understand it because it will reflect upon their students,” she adds.
Says Nurhizan: “If we want to really promote English in schools, teachers should have an innate desire to do so and come on their own accord and not wait to be prompted.”
The centre caters for professional and personal enhancement through activities, seminars and short courses available to all.
“It's important for teachers to come and interact with one another and share valuable experiences to better one another,” stresses Sabariah.
Run solely by English teachers for other fellow teachers, Teric hopes to combine quality resources with teachers who are passionate in the pursuit of the nation's goal to master English for the betterment of society.
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