Thursday, 29 August 2013

JELTA Conference 2013

JELTA (JB English Language Teaching Association) will take place from the 14th-16th September in M Suites Hotel, Johor Bahru. I will be conducting a workshop on language games for the ESL classroom on the 3rd day 12.15-1.45 p.m. Hope to see many of you there!

(credit: NST)


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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Nuero-linguistics Programming for PMR Candidates 2013 (Phase 2)

Date: 24th August 2013
Venue: Library

70 PMR candidates were chosen for this second phase based on their trial exam. I hope they have benefitted from the course.  Thanks to Pn Siti Sheahila Abdul Rashid from SMK Kota Jaya, Kota Tinggi for sharing your expertise.

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Congratulations to the two students who won the first quiz during the Ramadhan! Quiz No.2 coming soon. Watch the space :)

Siti Khadijarh Talib (2 Majah)

Noor Aliza Ngali (1 Majah)

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Neuro-linguistics Programming for PMR and SPM 2013 candidates (Phase One)

One of my responsibilities as Coordinator for Excellence Programmes in SASEM is to organise courses that help PMR and SPM candidates as they will be sitting for the first public exams for SASEM this year. For a change, I decided to call Counselor, Pn Siti Sheahila Abdul Rashid, from SMK Kota Jaya Kota Tinggi to hold a half day course. She is a certified practitioner of NLP and is pursuing a PHD on the discipline. Students' evaluation was excellent and a second phase was in order for other candidates. Since this was my first experience of the NLP, it was definitely and eye-opener :)

selected students

En Kifli, PK1 doing his welcoming address

surreal! what the sub-conscious can do!

my bubble

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JELTA is back!

 (credit NST)

 15 August 2013| last updated at 01:04AM

Making English lessons exciting


AIM: The conference provides a platform for teachers to gain insights into innovative ideas that will help them meet the challenges of teaching English

JOHOR BAHRU: ENGLISH language educationists in the state  are invited to participate in a dynamic three-day conference with the  theme "Moving Forward In English Language Teaching" from Sept 14 to 16.
The conference will provide a platform for teachers to gain insights into innovative ideas that will help them meet the challenges of teaching English in primary and secondary schools.

Jointly organised by the JB English Language Teaching Organisation (Jelta) and the Johor State Education Department, this conference offers a dynamic programme focusing on diverse areas within English Language Teaching (ELT), English Literature, and English as a Second Language (ESL), such as creative and innovative methodology, curricular and material design innovations, and critical thinking and creativity in English Language teaching and learning.

M Suites Hotel, as part of its corporate social responsibility commitment to support education, is the main sponsor of the venue, the meals and accommodation for the speakers.
The hotel's executive director Datin Dr Maimunah Abdul Rahman said: "Education is not limited only to students, more so it is also applicable to the educationists who should keep abreast of the latest teaching aids, strategies and technology."

The other sponsors are Oxford Fajar and Permas Publications. Participants stand to take home attractive gifts and several other goodies, courtesy of Oxford Fajar and Permas Publications.
There will be an exhibition of books and multimedia products for ELT.

Jelta will also be awarding the Johor Excellent English Language Teacher Awards to five outstanding teachers who have contributed to the development of English Language teaching in Johor.
The conference will cover practical writing, the teaching of literature, coping with mixed ability classes, enhancing reading skills, methodology, oral communications and drama.

The conference will be opened by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching. New Straits Times Press group managing editor Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid will deliver the keynote address.
The Ministry of Education's English Language Teaching Centre deputy director Dr Mohamed Abu Bakar will speak on the Malaysian Education Blueprint.

The other speakers include former Assoc Prof Dr Nesamalar Chitravelu from the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics in Universiti Malaya; Assoc Prof Dr Cynthia Yolanda Dass from Mara University of Technology, Shah Alam; Rahmah Sayuti from SM Sains Sembrong, Kluang; Prof Dr Jayakaran Mukundan from Universiti Putra Malaysia; and Maureen Parker, a mentor-teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education TELL (Teaching English Language and Literacy) project. Organising chairman Vincent D' Silva said a unique feature of the conference is the "chats" which are informal sessions specifically set aside to allow participants the opportunity to discuss issues with the presenters.

"In line with the theme, it is hoped that teachers attending the conference will be able to adopt and inject new ideas and approaches into their teaching, thus making the teaching and learning of English beneficial to both teachers and learners.

"The conference will also be the beginning of a more pragmatic and effective approach to various aspects in the teaching and learning of English Language.
"The presentations offered will have something for teachers in primary and secondary schools," he said.
Registration fee, which includes lunches, coffee breaks, conference bag, materials, stationery, files, a grammar book, a group photo and a certificate of attendance, is RM130.

The closing date for registration is Aug 23.
For registration, call Nur Maryam at 017-790 5426 or 017-782 4738.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013


I know the word "Wordsmith" is wrongly spelled as two words but for a start I think Fat, Tehah, Aiman and Farizan have done a good job :) In addition, this board is strategically located right in front of The Knowledge Centre (library). For a start we had Ramadhan words and a contest to start the ball rolling. Two winners will be rewarded with prizes as soon as school term begins. I hope to remember to remind the committee to change "wordsmith" to one word. A good start to create an English environment in SASEM. Picts of the two winners later :)

correction: 'fasting month'

first come first served...entry forms to contest in here :)

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Friday, 9 August 2013

ICELT 2013

Hi folks!
Eid Mubarak!
Received an email from Dr Jayakaran Munkundan, UPM on the upcoming ICELT 2013 in Equatorial Malacca. Hope to see you there :)


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