Hornbill Unleashed

August 30, 2016

Fatimah urges teachers to be innovative in teaching English

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Fatimah (fourth left) together with some of the participants of the English Language Workshop.English language teachers should create a paradigm shift in the mindset of their often reluctant students towards the subject through innovative teaching methods.

Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah hoped that the English Language Workshop, held on Sunday at the Dalat District Education Office, would bring them a step closer to arresting the decline in the standard of the language.

“As educators, we recognise the fact that English – like any other subject – is a very challenging subject to teach. It doesn’t help that you do not have access to a lot of language teaching resources. To compound the matter, many students are not keen to learn English,” she said during the workshop’s closing ceremony.

Understandably, most English teachers find themselves in a quandary, but in view of the Chief Minister reinstating the status of English in Sarawak, Fatimah hoped that teachers would take up the challenge.

“I am sure you are aware, as English teachers, that with a little innovation, teaching and learning English can actually be fun,” she said while acknowledging that teachers were under a lot of pressure.

A total of 50 English teachers attended the two-day workshop.

During the function, Fatimah handed over a cheque for RM10,120 to SMK Dalat.

Fatimah also officiated at an Entrepreneurship Workshop organised by Centre for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) on Sunday.

The workshop, which was held at Kingwood Hotel Mukah, aimed to boost the skill of local entrepreneurs and increase their business acumen.

A total of 37 entrepreneurs from Mukah and Dalat attended.

It is the first step in the CASE Entrepreneur Development Programme that would involve a total of 120 participants from Kuching, Miri and Mukah.

Out of that figure, 20 will be chosen to attend a four-day workshop on business plan writing in Kuching at the end of October or early November. Three winners from the second workshop will receive a grant of RM15,000 to start their businesses.

The Borneo Post Online


  1. Fatimah ‘s command of English is just as bad. I wonder if she realises it. When teachers are committed educators nobody needs to remind them on how to teach a subject . Allow the Jesuit and LA Salle trained educators to be recruited by Catholic schools to work in Sarawak . Only then we shall see our education standards improving .

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 31, 2016 @ 6:12 PM | Reply

  2. After being phased out by a bunch of incompetent leaders, the standard of English will take decades to catch up before Malaysians can speak and write as good as the Singaporeans. Those moronic educators should all be fired and replaced by those with proper foresight and ambitions before it is too late!!!!

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — August 31, 2016 @ 1:37 AM | Reply

    • No problem lah, our language shall become INTERNATIONAL language soon…..just wait lah, wait in sarabat store with teh tarik,…WHAT rubbish is english language huh…???….tiu, we have atas language, atas ugama, atas bangsa…lol

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 31, 2016 @ 8:48 AM | Reply

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