English language teachers are in for a treat through a series of special hands-on workshops held in conjunction with Star-NiE's sixth anniversary celebration.
To thank teachers for their continued support, four one-day NiE (Newspaper in Education) workshops will be held on Sept 25 and 26 in Penang at the Golden Sands Resort and Sept 29 and 30 in Petaling Jaya at the Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers, Subang Jaya.
This year's line-up of speakers are familiar faces to loyal participants of Star-NiE workshops conducted all over the country.
George Kelly, who was one of the four international speakers at last year’s Star-NiE conference, is back with fresh and creative classroom ideas for teachers. The United Kingdom-based NiE consultant will present a full-of-ideas session on Creativity in the Classroom: refreshing the approach of the teaching of English.
“I'm very much excited and looking forward to the same kind of enthusiastic response generated by last year's participants,” says Kelly, who had teachers in stitches with his lively presentation and wit.
Injecting a sense of realism by presenting real-life situations to stimulate students' written skills as well as using the newspaper to support poetry are just some of the innovative ideas Kelly hopes to share with teachers.
“We're going to look at modern ways for students to make their own school newspapers and bring out their creativity by having 'pretend press-conferences' and make them look at the world in a different way.
“Introducing poetry in newspapers not only boosts imagination but help students understand literary themes in the books they read,” adds Kelly during a telephone interview recently.
Supporting this year's theme of creativity, regular Star-NiE trainers Teh Soo Choon and Lucille Dass will present Beyond the book: bringing life experiences into the teaching and learning of English.
Teachers in the northern region can expect Teh's effective demonstration on language proficiency while those attending the PJ workshop will experience Dass's infectious enthusiasm and fast-paced activities.
Over 450 English language teachers who are expected to attend the four one-day workshops can expect only the best at the two top hotel venues that did not hesitate to host the event.
Voted one of the “Top Ten Family Resorts 2002” by the Australian Holidays with Kids magazine, Shangri-La's Golden Sands Resort has its doors wide open with facilities ready and first class services waiting.
Cosily snuggled along prime beachfront in Batu Feringgi, it is lushly landscaped with tropical flora and features an open plan concept with two lagoon-style swimming pools, wet slide and whirlpool.
Highly satisfied with last year's arrangement, this year's Star-NiE conference resumes its partnership with Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers.
Enveloped by plush greenery, beautiful landscaped gardens and a pristine lake, the hotel combines the quiet picturesque position of a resort hotel with the convenience of a nearby capital city.
As the official hotels for the workshops, Sheraton Subang and Golden Sands Resort further sweeten the deal by offering very special rates to registered participants who take up accommodation with them. (Call the numbers below for further information).
A “train the trainer” workshop for Mathematics and Science teachers will be held on Oct 2 at Menara Star. Attendance for this session is by invitation only. However, senior subject teachers may call Star-NiE for a place, subject to availability of places (40).
For the full-day workshops, teachers will only be charged a registration fee of RM20 as the workshops are jointly sponsored by The Star and Hotlink from Maxis. Participation is only for teachers who are Star-NiE supporters, and is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Those interested in attending the workshops should contact Ms Oun at 04-6473883 (for Penang) and Customer Care Unit at 03-79671777 (for PJ).
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