《华文独中英文师资培育专案计划》签署仪式新闻发布会 董总主席天猛公拿督刘利民媒体发言词

日期:2016年11月12日(星期六)
时间:下午4时
地点:董总 A401会议室

各位媒体朋友,大家下午好。

今天是董总与精英大学针对《华文独中英文师资培育专案计划》签署谅解备忘录仪式的新闻发布会,我相信,未来在双方携手合作下,必定能够积极为华文独中培养具有教育专业资格的英文师资。所以,今天的签署仪式,对华文独中建立英文专业师资队伍,将具有特别且深远的意义。

董总大力鼓励华文独中统考生踊跃报读精英大学以英文教学的教育学士课程。凡符合资格的学生可以获得全免奖学金,毕业后,依合约必须履行在华文独中任教三年。我们深信精英大学的加盟,可以舒缓华文独中英文师资的短缺问题,促进英文师资专业化的发展,进而提高整体的英文教学质量。

为了逐步改善英文师资的短缺和提高在职英文教师的教学专业化发展,未来5年内,我们将积极鼓励和保送华文独中毕业生选修英文教学的科系,以储备华文独中的英文师资,让华文独中英文师资得到更全面和专业化的发展。今天,董总与精英大学的英文师资培育专案计划,就是其中一项改善方案。此外,为了提升华文独中英文教学的水平,我们应该征求更多优秀的英文教师到华文独中任教。同时,我们也要提高教师待遇,激发教师的团队精神,增加归属感。

随着全球化时代的来临和社会对英语的重视,董总和董教总华文独中工委会亦肯定华文独中英文教学改革的迫切性。于1973年的《华文独立中学建议书》提出“兼授三语”的华文独中的使命,并在2005年发布的《独中教育改革纲领》中都明确英文为第二语文教学的定位,亦指出华文独中第二语文的发展方向及教学目标,同时更关注其教学功能。

社会的快速发展不断冲击现今的教学模式,学生学习语文的视听要求也不同以往。旧有的课程设计、单调的平面教材已经不能满足当前学生的学习欲望和心理,单向性的教学模式更无法使学生克服使用第二语文的障碍。因此,全面检讨华文独中英文教学的固有模式,将有助于改进华文独中英文学科的发展和教学工作;同时,善用社区和社会资源以协助营造华文独中校园学习英语的有利条件更是不容忽视的工作。

我们都知道,影响华文独中英语教学的因素很多,其中包括课程、考试、师资、学生、家长、学校设备及社区资源等,每一项因素都受到内部及外部的客观条件影响。大家都注意到,尽管主观上华文独中以大致相同的节数兼授华、国、英三语,尝试做到三语并重,然而,实际效果往往是华文优于国文,而国文又优于英文;同时,在国、英文的掌握方面,也出现了读、写优于听、讲的现象。

我想大家都会同意,学习一种语言一定要有语言环境才能学得好。缺乏有关语言的学习环境也是造成华文独中三语掌握不平衡,读写与听讲不平衡的主要非教学因素;而教师未能以第二语文的教学法来教导英文,以及未能因材施教是造成上述现象的主要教学因素。

我们也知道,加强英语学习的方法很多,其中阅读、学习态度、把握学习的机会、营造学习环境都是有效的方法。但是其中最关键的问题,便是调动学生学习英语的兴趣。华文独中英文教学的改革最终目的应该是使学生“爱学英语、乐学英语”。因此,英文教学改革作为整体独中教育改革中的一环,亦应以培养快乐、健全的青少年作为总体的考量。同时,也为有意愿在国内外升学及就业的孩子们,做好奠基及准备。

针对如何改善英语教学的现状,我们董总和董教总华文独中工委会教师教育委员会准备在“强化师资,教师乐教”的行动策略上,推动以下改善方案:
1)完善英语教师培训,加强教师掌握英语作为第二语文的教学方法;
2)鼓励进行校内及区域性师资培训,以满足各校在英语教学模式上的不同需求;
3)举办英语教师教学成果发表会,提供教学心得的交流平台;并藉此收集优质的教案及教学课件,达到资源共享的目的;
4)鼓励及保送华文独中毕业生选修英语教学的科系,储备华文独中英语师资。

在维护母语教育的基础上,华文独中应该掌握教学方面的优势,因为华文独中有自主权,有权利选择聘请优秀的老师和教学方法,不受政府的限制。尤其在面对国人英文水平下跌的情况下,华文独中应该推进教学改革,提高英文的教学质量,全力提升独中生竞争与升学的优势。

我们都认识到,百年大计,教育为本;教育大计,教师为本。教师是学校教育重要因素之一,教师素质的水平是教育成效的关键。

最后,我谨代表董总衷心感谢精英大学、在座的各位嘉宾、对这项专案计划的支持和配合。愿大家身体健康, 工作顺利。谢谢。


“The Project for MICSS English Teacher Education Programme”
Press Conference for the MoU Signing Ceremony
Address to The Press by Temenggong Dato Lau Lee Ming, Chairman of DZ

Date:        12 November 2016 (Saturday)
Time:        4.00pm
Venue:    A401 Conference Room, Dong Zong

A very good afternoon to friends of the media.

Today is the Press Conference for the MoU Signing Ceremony of “The Project for MICSS English Teacher Education Programme” between HELP University and United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong); and by making a concerted effort between both of our organisations, I am convinced that we will be able to positively nurture English teachers of high educational calibre and professional competence for the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (MICSS) in future. Therefore, today’s Signing Ceremony embarks on a meaningful project of special and far-reaching impact on the development of an educational team of professional English teachers for our Chinese Independent Secondary Schools.

Furthermore, Dong Zong would like to earnestly encourage our MICSS graduates to enroll themselves at HELP University for the Bachelor of Education in TESL (Hons) programme.  For the prospective and suitably qualified graduates, they will be eligible for the application of Full Scholarships and after their graduation, they will have to fulfil their obligation of teaching English in the MICSS for three years.

We are convinced that in collaboration with HELP University, we can alleviate the problem of the short supply of English teachers in MICSS, promote the development of professionalism for the English teachers in order to upgrade their quality in teaching and learning as a whole.

In order to improve progressively the shortage of English teachers as well as to promote the development of professionalism in English teaching for MICSS in the next 5 years, we would positively encourage and enroll “recommended UEC holders for admission” in taking the elective course inclusively for English teaching, so as to facilitate the English teachers’ reserve for MICSS, thus leading to the wholesome and professional development of MICSS English Teachers’ programme. So today, Dong Zong and HELP University’s MICSS English Teacher Education Programme is one of the projects of improvement. Apart from promoting the standard of English teaching & learning, we should seek more of the qualified English teachers to teach in Chinese Independent High Schools. At the same time, we should also improve teachers’ remunerations, motivate them with their team spirit and enhance them with the good ‘feeling of belonging’ for the Chinese schools.

We all know that there are many factors attributing to English teaching in Chinese High Schools, they involve curriculum, examinations, teacher resources, students, parents, schools’ facilities, community resources and etc., every factor is affected by the objective influences of internal and external conditions. We all notice that, although  subjectively, the teaching periods for respective subjects shown in the time-tables of MICSS are quite similar, and attempt is also made in the teaching of the three languages – Chinese, Malay and English which requires equal emphasis, however, the actual  results of effective teaching & learning demonstrate that the mastery of languages by the students respectively shows  that Chinese language is better than Malay language,  Malay language is better than English language; simultaneously, in the literacy aspects of the Malay and English languages, the  phenomenon of the mastery of  reading and writing skills shows  better results than the listening and speaking skills bilingually.

I think we all agree that we need the particular language environment to motivate better learning of that particular language by the learners. Lack of this is the result which leads to the development of imbalance in literacies of the 3 languages, reading and writing of a language learning attribute their ineffectiveness not solely on the teaching and learning factors;  as teachers are unable to acquire the specific language methodologies to teach English as the second language, and as well as the idealistic Chinese educational principle based on the philosophy of teaching students according to their individual aptitude and natural ability which contribute to the main factors of ineffective teaching and learning, leading to such phenomenon.

To counter the present educational situation on how to improve the English teaching and learning, Dong Jiao Zongs’ Teachers’ Education Committee of MICSS Working Committee plans to use the strategies of ‘optimising the resources of English teaching staff and the principle of teachers enjoy teaching’ to move forward the following projects of improvements:

1)    Refine the training programmes for English teachers, pertaining to strengthening their acquisition of English as second language to teach with effective skills and methodologies;
2)    Encourage the progression of the schools’ and Regional Teacher-trainings, so as to satisfy the requirements of individual school’s English teaching modules or various needs;
3)    Organise Seminars/Conferences for Schools’ English teachers, to provide them with a platform each time for exchanging their views and feedbacks on teaching and learning pedagogies so as to amalgamate the resources of refined lesson plans and methodologies for fulfilling the aims of sharing and utilization of their  views and materials;
4)    Encourage and recommend MICSS students for admission to undergo elective English Teaching Training to strengthen the Teacher Resource team.
           
Where the fundamental safeguarding the education of our mother tongue language is concerned, MICSS should make full use of the great advantage of acquiring their own teaching and learning skills because the respective Chinese Independent Secondary School has the autonomy to employ good teachers of their own choices and select the best teaching modules to suit their school’s teaching mode and environment. They are not obstructed or limited by the government’s requirement in these aspects. Under the circumstance of the standard of our nationals’ English which has dropped tremendously, Chinese Independent Secondary Schools should upgrade and reform their teaching and learning skills in order to promote their English standard and quality so as to enhance our students’ competitiveness and the advantage of furthering their higher education.

Last but not least, I, on behalf of Dong Zong, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to HELP University for your support and cooperation of our project. Wishing everybody good health and everything goes well with your work.

Thank you.

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