Melta conference to address literacy issues

THE Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta) will hold its 15th conference with the theme Reading and Writing: Preparing English for Second Language (ESL) Learners for the Real World.  

This year the conference will again be held at three locations – Awana Kijal Resort Hotel Kemaman, Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers, Subang Jaya, and Merdeka Palace Hotel Kuching.  

The conference will take place on May 31 and June 1 in Kemaman, June 5 and 6 in Subang Jaya and June 9 and 10 in Kuching. The main sponsor of the conference is Penerbit Fajar Bakti/Oxford University Press. 

Melta hopes the conference will provide an opportunity to address various issues related to literacy and carry out national and international networking.  

Teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, professionals who have worked in ESL/EFL situations are expected to attend.  

The programme will feature plenary papers by leading names in English for Language Teaching (ELT) as well as papers, workshops poster presentations and product presentations by academics, practitioners and publishers.  

The organisers would like to invite submission of abstracts relating to the following areas:  

  • TEACHING real world reading and writing skills;  

  • DEVELOPING real world tasks for the reading and writing classroom;  

  • USING authentic materials for reading and writing activities;  

  • MOTIVATING the reluctant reader and writer with real world tasks;  

  • REAL world tasks for learners with special needs reading and/or writing in ESP/EST classes;  

  • CONVENTIONAL and alternative forms of assessment for reading and/or writing;  

  • USING emerging media for teaching reading and/or writing;  

  • CAPITALISING on multiple intelligences to teach reading and/or writing;  

  • USING literature to read and/or write about the real world; and 

  • COMMUNITY-based ESL reading and/or writing projects and teacher support mechanisms for teaching reading and/or writing. 

    The deadline for submission is Feb 15. The 200-word abstract accompanied by a 30-word biodata should be submitted on-line through the Melta website or sent to or Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (Melta), P.O Box 454, Jalan Sultan, 46750 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.  

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