Better language learning environment

Orikasa (front row, third from left) goes through the Japanese language resources at the handover ceremony while Dr Nagalingam (front row, second from left) looks on.

Upgraded facilities to boost Japanese language learning for teacher trainees.

THE Institute of Teacher Education’s International Languages Campus, better known as IPGKBA (Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa), was selected last year to receive the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GCGP) of Japan worth USD68,985 (RM303,369).

This financial aid aimed to support cultural and higher education projects conducted by non-profit organisations in developing countries.

A recent handover ceremony graced by the Embassy of Japan’s Deputy Chief of Mission, minister Hiroyuki Orikasa, unveiled the upgraded facilities under the GCGP.

Orikasa, who gave his speech in Bahasa Malaysia and English, said that IPGKBA has striven to provide the best Japanese language teaching since 2005.

“As the only teacher training institution offering a Japanese language programme in Malaysia, it has become the rite of passage for students aiming to one day become Japanese language teachers.

“It is precisely in this context that we decided to provide this support to IPGKBA,” he said.

He also added that he hoped the new classrooms will be used and maintained as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Malaysia for years to come.

The grant facilitated the refurbishment of two classrooms, the Japanese activity and training room as well as the Japanese language lab. The grant also provided additional resources such as new computers and reference materials.

IPGKBA director Dr Nagalingam Karuppiah said that the move was in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

“Under the third wave, there has been adequate emphasis in ensuring that international languages, including the Japanese language, is given importance.

“Our campus also promotes international languages.

“In addition to their major subject, we want students to pursue an additional international language, and we have chosen the Japanese language.

“It will benefit them in the long run when it comes to understanding people’s culture,” he said.

IPGKBA offers Japanese Language Communication (Komunikasi Bahasa Jepun) as an elective subject under the Bachelor of Education programme.

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