Help in mastering English

HELP Institute will hold an international conference, themed Mastering English for Science and Technology in Achieving Global Competitiveness, on Sept 27. 

Its executive director, Dr Paul Chan, says it is aimed at complementing the Government's decision to implement the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English from this year. 

“Mastering the English language is vital in order to stay ahead in a global economic environment. The whole of China is obsessed with learning English, so why should Malaysia be left behind?” he says. 

He adds that Help's English campaign, co-organised with International English, Cyberlynx, the University of East London and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, will be of great help to both students and teachers. 

“The conference will showcase innovative approaches to the teaching of school subjects in a second language. Sub-workshops or addresses will be given by teachers and educators from other Asian or non-native English-speaking schools relating to their experience,” Dr Chan says.  

The conference will also examine the complexities of language and the need for greater language awareness in dealing with practical issues and present realities, focussing on science and technology. 

Among the topics of discussion are Global Trends in ELT, Language Learning Difficulties, Panaceas for Students' Learning and The Use of IT in ELS for Science and Technology. 

A debate will also be held, for which Jagjeet Singh, Malaysia's first independent international adjudicator and judge for world debating and public speaking competitions, has been appointed to conduct training sessions for debaters and adjudicators. 

“We hope to see some very interesting debates on some very current topics. The demands on the students will be great as their language, thinking and presentation skills will be put to the test,” Dr Chan says. 

A total of 32 teams from 30 schools have signed up for the debate. For more information on Help's English campaign events, call 03-2094 2000, or e-mail 

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