– Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Program will be organizing the “Training for Teachers in English and The Next 100” workshop on 14-17 October 2019. English teachers are encouraged to sign up for the interactive workshop.
In the past, teachers from all over Malaysia, including Teach for Malaysia fellows and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants have participated in the 4-day workshop. The last workshop organized saw 11 teachers from both rural and urban schools in Sarawak making up the group.
The workshop touches on various pedagogies of teaching and learning English conducted by the university’s lecturers. These topics and more can be studied in-depth by taking up Swinburne Sarawak’s Master of Arts in TESOL.
In addition to this, the participants will be introduced to several lessons from The Next 100 manual. The teachers will be encouraged to adapt these lessons to suit their students’ ages and the levels of their English proficiency. Some lessons can also be incorporated into after-school activities run by the school’s Science or Nature Clubs.
According to Christina Yin, co-author of The Next 100 and Senior Lecturer at Swinburne Sarawak, “It is always exciting to introduce The Next 100 lessons and activities to teachers. Our Earth needs teachers and children to learn how to live more environmentally-friendly lives. It’s not just for the Earth, but for all of us. A healthy Earth will mean healthy wildlife, healthy habitats and environment, and healthy humans. We are all connected and depend on each other to survive.”
‘The Next 100: Bridging for a new beginning’ is a 228-page manual produced by WCS Malaysia with input from Swinburne University, through the support of the US Embassy. It contains 24 English and Conservation activities designed for teachers, specifically, for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants and their mentors stationed at schools around the country. The manual serves as a guide for educators to teach English using conservation activities as a platform to engage students, encouraging them to use the language and to practice environmentally-friendly habits. The manual also was honoured during the most recent, 28th International MELTA (Malaysian English Language Teaching Association) Conference with the Raja Zarith Sofiah Award for CSR in English Language Education.
Taking lessons outside the classroom, participants of the workshop will also a full-day to experience activities detailed in The Next 100 at Matang Wildlife Centre, in the outskirts of Kuching. The curiosity-igniting activities will be led by co-organizers, WCS Malaysia, which puts emphasis on creative thinking to solve day-to-day conundrums related to the environment.
Director of WCS Malaysia Program, Whitley Award winner and co-author of the Next 100, Dr Melvin Gumal said, “The workshop gives an insight to teachers or users of the manual on how to use the environment as a platform for teaching English. The workshop also allows for like-minded individuals to interact and learn from each other about English as well as the environment. This is most especially pertinent as we are currently seeing environmental degradation in our daily lives especially with the haze.”
Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Kahang, Johor and Kuala Rompin in Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, WCS Malaysia works to preserve four priority species – orang-utans, sharks and rays, elephants and tigers. Go tohttps://malaysia.wcs.org/ for more information on WCS Malaysia and visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ for updates.