[lg policy] Malaysia: ICELL 2013: Envisions innovations in teaching and learning English

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 16 14:41:59 UTC 2013

ICELL 2013: Envisions innovations in teaching and learning English


KUALA LUMPUR: The International Conference on English Language Learning
(ICELL) 2013 was launched today by Deputy Education Minister 1, Datuk Mary
Yap Kain Ching to create a platform for planners and policy implementers to
meet and appraise issues relating to English language teaching and learning.
The two-day conference which is held from 15 to 16 November 2013, at the
Faculty of Education Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), will also
allow participants to strengthen professional relationships between English
Language Teaching (ELT) researchers and teachers.

Themed “English in Action”, this international conference features
world-renowned ELT experts from Malaysia, New Zealand, United States and
the United Kingdom, who will share practical and innovative ELT methods.
Although the guest speakers are from different backgrounds, they firmly
believe in making the teaching of English fun and interactive. The theme
targets to reinforce existing teaching methods while encouraging teachers
to reexamine them from a different perspective.

The opening ceremony also saw the launch of “The Learning Club” (TLC), a
social learning platform or a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which
offers the latest social media tools and online learning for effective
personal and professional development. The site is aimed at allowing
students to be more motivated in learning and interacting with one another,
as well as with teachers and tutors.

Mary said, “The Ministry of Education Malaysia acknowledges the efforts of
institutions working towards making English a working language. Conferences
like ICELL are great avenues for professional learning communities.”

“The many facets of implementation regarding improving English in our
schools and the role of teachers are arguably the most important. More than
anything else, our students look to teachers for guidance as role models
and inspiration to master a language that everyone acknowledges is
important for their future,” she added.

Held from 8.30am to 5.00pm, this inaugural conference is brought together
by ELS Language Centres (ELS) in collaboration with Universiti Putra
Malaysia (UPM). It serves as a pre-conference workshop series to UPM’s
International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT) 2013, which
will be held in Melaka from 18 to 20 November 2013.

Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Hj. Ramlan, Vice Chancellor of UPM said, “UPM
has always been proactive with regards to the teaching of the English
language in Malaysia. To further promote the language, UPM and ELS have
initiated many well-known international conferences.

Amongst them are the Malaysia International Conference on English Language
since 1996, and the International Conference on English Language since
2009. UPM’s partnership with ELS in English language teaching and learning
in Malaysia has been a positive and fruitful one.”

Chief Executive Officer of ELS Malaysia, Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. M.
Mahyuddin Dahan said, “The ICELL conference is a platform to further
provide opportunities to the teaching community at home and abroad to
showcase and share teaching and learning experiences. We hope that by
sharing, collaborating and facing challenges together, all practitioners of
English language teaching and learning in Malaysia will be able to achieve
our desired goals in nation building.”

“We would especially like to acknowledge UPM, a valued partner of ours in
this effort for many years. It is our hope that the future will bring even
closer co-operation between UPM and ELS, working with the Ministry of
Education to fulfill the aims and objectives of the Malaysian Education
Blueprint towards a better tomorrow,” he added.

ICELL’s mission is to provide a common ELT platform for language
practitioners, experts, researchers and policy makers from Malaysia and
other countries to promote effective English language learning through
competent teaching. It offers the opportunity to the ELT fraternity to
exchange ideas, best practices and innovation in language pedagogy. This
will serve as a springboard to re-examine traditional delivery systems and
theories of language teaching in the light of technological innovation and

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