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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More qualified TESL teachers needed

I WOULD like to comment on the recent announcement by the Education Minister on the new seven periods of English lessons in schools starting next year.

While I welcome the increase in the hours in teaching English, I have reservations about its outcome.

It is a known fact that many rural districts still don’t have enough trained TESL teachers.

To overcome the shortage, many schools make use of non-optionists to fill the gap. Some do a fairly decent job while others have no business teaching the subject due to their poor command of English.

Non-optionist English teachers, being mostly untrained, cannot

be considered an asset to their

students. Language teaching requires certain pre-requisites

such as teaching methodology, knowledge of communicative

competencies and proficiency.

This should not be allowed to continue. Why are there still non-optionists masquerading as English language teachers? The ministry should either insist on assessing them and sending them for proper training or recruiting more students for teacher training colleges.

MEENU MALSYAM,

Sitiawan.

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