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.
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