A total of 32 English Language schoolteachers from 21 Chinese vernacular primary schools attended a ‘Teacher Training Camp’ held at UTAR Kampar Campus from 23 to 25 November 2015.
Jointly organised by UTAR Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS), Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet), and Kampar-Gopeng Chinese School Teachers’ Association, the three-day teacher training camp was aimed to help schoolteachers develop essential knowledge and teaching skills, as well as to educate them on planning interactive English lessons for schoolchildren.
During the opening ceremony, Kampar-Gopeng Chinese School Teacher’s Association President Foo Yuen Choy reminded the participants that teaching is a prestigious profession, and teachers are often referred to as “Engineers of the human soul”. He added, “With the responsibility of educating the younger generation on their shoulders, it is crucial for teachers to be equipped with the necessary skills that could help them become effective disseminators of knowledge.”
UTAR Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Assoc Prof Dr Teh Chee Seng concurred, saying, “Being educators, you have the responsibility to help and inspire students. I believe that behind every great student, there is always a great teacher. Teachers have the responsibility to grow and guide their students in learning. Therefore, I strongly believe this three-day intensive camp will be a comprehensive learning experience for the participants because it comprised talks, workshops, and discussions. The practical training and sharing among the schoolteachers and lecturers will help to explore new approaches and expand existing ones for them to upgrade their teaching skills and strategies.”
Also present during the opening ceremony were Chinese School Education Officer for Kinta Selatan District Education Office Lim Hoei Yien, FAS Deputy Dean for Academic Development and Undergraduate Programmes V. Krishnan, Director of DCInterNet Assoc Prof Dr Tan Sin Leng, FAS Head of the Department of Languages and Linguistic Christina Ong Sook Beng, Director of Division of Corporate Communication and Public Relations Ong Soo Weon, and UTAR staff.
The training camp saw in-depth discussions and exchanges of views between the trainers and schoolteachers from various schools. The training camp consisted of a total of six seminars in six areas, namely ‘Strategic Reading’, ‘Encouraging Creativity during Writing Lessons’, ‘Teaching English under Challenging Circumstances’, ‘Using Internet Resources to Teach Speaking and Listening’, ‘Teaching of Grammar’, and ‘English Language Teaching Methodologies – Through the Year’.
“The training camp is very interesting and refreshing at the same time. I feel it’s a good opportunity for me to revise and recall what I had learned previously. It’s a good platform for all of us to learn some practical tips to be applied in the classroom,” said Nur Amelia binti Mohd Nazrin, an English teacher from SJK (C) Chuang Hua, Kampar.
Another participant from SJK (C) Sungai Durian, Tanjung Tualang, Hajah Rosnah Choong binti Abdullah said, “It was a very good opportunity to attend this teacher training camp. The entire training programme was very exciting and insightful. The trainers are extremely well versed in their subjects and they really took the time to ensure our understanding using real life examples.”
The participating schools for the teacher training camp included SJK (C) Pei Yuan, SJK (C) Mambang Diawan, SJK (C) Ying Sing, SJK (C) Yu Ying, SJK (C) Thung Hon Chendrong, SJK (C) Kampong Timah, SJK (C) Siputeh, SJK (C) Chung Sun, SJK (C) Kampung Bali, SJK (C) Yuk Kwan, SJK (C) Kg Nalla, SJK (C) Thung Hon Tanjung Tualang, SJK (C) Man Ming, SJK (C) Chung Huah, SJK (C) Sin Min Tronoh Mines, SJK (C) Sin Min Sungai Siput Selatan, SJK (C) New Kopisan, SJK (C) Jeram, SJK (C) Kampar Girls’, SJK (C) Sungai Durian, and SJK (C) Sungai Kroh.
Marking the closing of the training camp was the presentation of certificates to the participants by Dr Teh and the Dean of FAS Dr Alia Azalea.
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