THE 15th Melta Conference on Preparing ESL Learners for the Real World will expose participants to issues and ideas from a variety of contexts and sources.
The paper presenters will consist of teachers, teacher educators, academics, researchers, curriculum and materials developers and administrators from Malaysian and overseas institutions.
There will also be professionals from the corporate sector.
The paper presentations, workshops and demonstrations will cover an array of issues and topics including the teaching of real-world reading and writing skills, designing real-world tasks for the classroom, using real-world materials for reading and writing activities, and the impact of real-world needs on assessment.
Inez Saptenno, a teacher in Jakarta, will speak about how portfolios can be used to improve writing arguments, linking the ideal world of school and the practical real world.
Julia Stanton, a senior teacher at the British Council in Penang, will be conducting a workshop on Teaching Real-World Writing Skills Using the Genre and Process Approach.
The presentations address ESL education at all levels, ranging from Australian Misty Adonious demonstration on how to use authentic texts with young learners, to Bentong district language co-ordinator Dara Richards paper on Using Real World Tasks to Prepare Students for the UPSR and UiTM lecturer Hajibah Osmans paper on Teaching Real World Writing at Tertiary Level.
The use of media in teaching how to read and write in the real world will be addressed by presenters such as Thomas Schalow from Kobe, Japan, who will be demonstrating the Intelligent Use of Moodle for Real World Reading, as well as Ali Abdul Ghani and Jagdeesh Kaur from the Malaysian Curriculum Development Centre, who will be speaking on Enhancing Reading and Writing Skills via ICT.
The use of real-world tasks for motivating reluctant readers and writers as well as learners with special needs is also considered.
Mac Yin Mee from Universiti Malaya, for example, will present a paper on Preparing Dyslexics for the Real World. Peng-Ling Nieh from Taiwan will speak about incorporating e-mail tutoring into university EFL courses as remedial instruction for low achievers.
The conference also offers an opportunity for ESL educators to obtain books and other ESL materials at the numerous exhibition booths that will be set up at the conference venues.
The book exhibitors include Penerbit Fajar Bakti/Oxford University Press, the British Council, Pearson Malaysia, Sasbadi Sdn Bhd, University Book Store, APD Singapore, Cambridge University Press, McGraw-Hill, Scholastics, Thomson Learning, Pansing Marketing, Budding Readers, D'Argo Reader Centre, Eduplus Academy (Asia), Indizium, Typhoon Magazine and University of Exeter (UK).
The conference will be held at three venues: Kemanan, Trengganu on May 31 and June 1; Subang on June 5 and 6; and Kuching on June 9 and 10.
Melta can be contacted at 03-7958 3137 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Those interested are advised to register by downloading registration forms at http://www.melta.org.my
The main sponsor for the conference is Penerbit Fajar Bakti/ Oxford University Pressand The Star is the media sponsor.