In conjunction with the group’s 15th anniversary celebration this year, CEFL held its inaugural Teaching & Learning Symposium on 11th October 2015 at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur, Glenmarie. The symposium is part of the group’s Professional Development Series, where CEFL teachers are provided with various trainings, workshops and conferences all year long in order to continue upskilling their teaching methods and staying ahead with the latest teaching tools that would make their lessons more fun and engaging for students.
Titled ‘Transforming Teaching & Improving Learning in the 21st Century’, CEFL highlighted the importance of being a forward thinking English language teacher in a 21st century classroom. The four esteemed speakers, Dr Elsie Chin (Chief Executive Officer, CEFL), Datin Dr Mardziah Hayati Abdullah (Associate Professor, Department of English, Universiti Putra Malaysia), Ms Merina Hew (English language & literature solutions provider) and Mr Mark Wright (Head of English, Nobel International School) spoke to over 210 teachers, while sharing their invaluable advice and insight into how to empower students to learn English effectively as it is one of the most important global languages in today’s modern society. Each speaker shared one common point: Our education system must keep pace with the modern transformation if we were to prepare our students for success in the 21st century.
At the closing session of the symposium, there was a panel of discussion titled, Connecting the Dots. The four distinguished panellists were representatives from four different sectors; Mr Chris Frankland (educator), Ms Sharon Ovinis, media representative, Mr Chandra Sakaran, Head – Centre of Languages at Taylor’s University and Ms Justina Tan (parent). The panellists shared invaluable insight and their personal experience of how educators can leverage the immense power and potential of the Internet, digital tools and social media to enable learners and teachers to connect in purposeful ways across borders and boundaries. As part of CEFL’s 15th anniversary celebration, the group also extended special invitations to non-CEFL teachers to the symposium. 52 teachers from the public and private school sectors registered to be part of the event and brought diversity to the group.