About ELT Project

It’s the vital first step for school-leavers

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The first step school-leavers should take before anything else is to determine whether they prefer academic or practical-based courses as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
 
StudyExcel Sdn Bhd general manager Jerry Tan said this step would help ease the process of choosing a programme. “I will be sharing tips on how to choose the right pre-university programmes and subjects,” he said.
Catch Tan’s talk on “Choosing the Right Pathway and Study Options” today from 10.15am to 11am during the Star Education Fair 2016.

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Lessons of Love, Humour and Tragedy

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A classroom comes alive with interesting stories in English with a local flavour.THE imaginative ability of school-going teenagers really shines when they use The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout.English teacher Umavathy Govendan Nair gave a task to her students.

The teens from Form Five Science Two at SMK Sungai Kapar Indah, Selangor, were told to pick six random pictures from the newspaper and then string a story out of them. Good grammar and spelling came first. Story logic, second.

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The Training Must Go On

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WHEN the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) policy ended in 2009, the Government reverted to using Bahasa Malaysia for those in national schools and the respective mother tongue for vernacular schools, leaving a vacuum in the teaching and learning of English, SMR Group ELT project manager Michael Hughes observes.

SMR Group CEO (Corporate Office) Syed Muzakir Al-Jofre hopes that the Government will continue The Native Speaker Programme (Penutur Jati) and the Professional Upskilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT) Programme.

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Fun learning English

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When Denise Cockerill first started work as a mentor in the Native Speaker Programme (Penutur Jati), she threw herself into teaching with gusto. The programme was introduced by the Government in 2011 to improve the teaching of English in primary schools. The British teacher, one of a select group of mentors or trainers, goes to five local schools to work with teachers on more interactive teaching methods.

“We do dances, songs and plays,” she says. “It’s not necessarily new methods, but methods we use in the west a lot.”
 
Hired by SMR Group, a company that specialises in learning technologies and tertiary education, Cockerill’s enthusiasm for the programme is matched by her colleagues Olena Benedyktova and Erik Blees. Benedyktova is also a mentor in the programme, while Blees is a trainer in the Professional Upskilling of English Language Teachers (Pro-ELT).

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Making English fun to learn

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To enhance and improve the command of the English language among teachers and students, the Government introduced several initiatives. The SMR Group, one of the organisations involved in the mentoring of teachers programme, shares its experience.

THE Native Speaker Programme (Penutur Jati) was born out of the need to improve the standard of teaching English in schools.

This initiative was a bold one as it went against the traditional approach to teacher training which involved teachers being taken out of schools to attend large training sessions, SMR Group CEO (Corporate Office) Syed Muzakir Al-Jofre shares.

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Pupuk minat bahasa Inggeris

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Karnival Bahasa Inggeris 2015 anjuran Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN) Pulau Pinang berjaya mencapai objektifnya memupuk minat serta merangsang murid sekolah rendah menguasai bahasa antarabangsa itu.

Karnival sehari yang diadakan di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Bukit Mertajam itu menggunakan pendekatan demonstrasi penggunaan Bahan Bantu Mengajar (BBM) terkini yang dapat merangsang penguasaan bahasa itu dalam kalangan peserta.

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English boost for schools

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A RM10,000 contribution from the SMR Group will see teens using the NiE pullouts in a fun and interactive way in class.

It's no secret that a great deal of knowledge is rooted in the English Language. In order to access this knowledge, it only make sense that one should strive to be competent in English, said SMR Group Chairman and CEO Datuk Dr R. Palan.

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Native English Speakers Help Teachers and Students

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The 360 native English speakers seconded to schools nation wide have helped to improved English proficiency among teachers and students.

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OH MY ENGLISH….. …MENTOR!!

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With the implementation of the new KSSR, the Ministry of Education introduced the Native Speaker program in 2011. We heard that five schools in the Selamawith mixed feelings. And to our surprise, my school was one of the lucky (or unlucky) five selected.
t like it. I imagined having a mat salleh breathe down my neck and teaching me how to do my job. I became indignant and defensive.
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Voice behind the maskStar

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NO ONE in class had ever heard Nur Qashidah sold never engaged in any conversation with her classmates, a worrying trait that her teacher Hazlina Abdul Hamid had observed.
s lack of verbal contact during lessons with the others in class, was also noticed by Carmen Reynecke, a native speaker programme mentor, who was assigned to the school by SMR HR Group.
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Mentor Makes HeadlinesStar

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An SMR mentor was featured in a local newspaper much to her own surprise but to the delight of her mentees at SK Seri Sekinchan, Sekinchan, Selangor. For a couple of weeks she had been attending the weekly ten-minute reading sessions after assembly on a Monday morning. As she turned up at the school as usual, she noted some dignitaries. These esteemed gentlemen had come to the school to reward the pupils for their perseverance and efforts in reading as many as 600+ books over a one-year period. Naturally the Phase 1 pupils had not attained that number of books but were nevertheless proud to display their certificates proving that they had read a large number of books.
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