Sharing ideas to help ESL learners

THE 15th Melta Conference on Preparing ESL Learners for the Real World will have more than 10 workshops dedicated to sharing practical ideas to help language learners meet the reading and writing needs of the real world.  

British Council Professional Development Unit director Guy Perring will be dealing with ways to improve the business writing skills of ESL (English as Second Language) learners.  

His workshop will look at writing effective emails, letters and faxes. The workshop will examine a range of activities designed to ensure that graduates are prepared for effective writing in the workplace.  

Jamilah Mustafa from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will focus on elements such as students' thoughts, experience and knowledge before the writing begins. 

Another workshop by British Council English Language Services Unit trainer Deborah Singh will be on Making Writing More Enjoyable and Productive.  

Alison Lyall, who works with the state Education Office to upgrade English teaching in Sabah, will show participants how to use a procedure to help learners in rural schools become independent readers. Azizah Yaacob, Noorizah Mohd. Noor and Kemboja Ismail from UKMwill demonstrate task-based activities aimed at cultivating students’ vocabulary and encouraging independent learning strategies.  

Macmillan Education in East Asia regional consultant/trainer Clyde Fowle will conduct a workshop entitled Developing a Reading Habit in Your Learners in which participants will be introduced to the key factors to consider in incorporating extensive reading into language learning programmes.  

Dena How Peng Teng and Abdul Majid Mohamed Din, both ESL educators with many years of experience, will be looking at Strategies to Acquire Real World Living Skills via Language Lessons.  

The conference will be held at three venues: Awana Kijal Resort in Kemanan, Trengganu, on May 31 and June 1; the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Subang Jaya on June 5 and 6; and Merdeka Palace Hotel in Kuching on June 9 and 10.  

Melta President Assoc Prof Dr Edwin Vethamani thanked the British Council for their donation of RM10,000 in support of the conference in Trengganu. Oxford University Press/Penerbit Fajar Bakti is the main sponsor and The Star is the media sponsor. 

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