Tuesday, December 6

Teachers attend Trinity College English workshop

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EDUCATIONAL: Nigel McEwen presenting some tips and hints on teaching spoken English.

MIRI: A total of 20 teachers yesterday attended the Trinity College London Grades Examination in Spoken English workshop at a leading hotel here.

It was set out to give teachers guidelines in integrating exam preparation with classroom activities and at the same time furnishing them with ideas on how to practise speaking English in the classroom.

Nigel McEwen, a visiting examiner from Trinity College London, conducted the workshop.

The representatives (teachers) were from SRK Sri Mawar, Riam Road Middle School, The Lighthouse Centre, Pusat Tuisyen Medan Jaya and the English Language Centre Kuching.

During the two-hour workshop, through a series of video presentations and Q&A sessions, Nigel enlightened the audience with his topics, ‘Lesson plans for your classroom,’ ‘Tips and hints to get your students talking’, ‘Ideas for integrating exam preparation with classroom activities’ and ‘How to motivate your students to use English to discuss their experiences’.

“It has been very useful to get ideas on how to get our students to speak English in the classroom,” said Lesley Linggod from Sri Mawar School.

“We also got ideas on how to motivate our students,” added Gary Sim, a teacher from Riam Road Middle School.

In Miri, nearly 100 students from Riam Road Middle School and Sri Mawar School took the Trinity College London Grades Examination in Spoken English. Both schools achieved 100 per cent pass rate.

Students taking the exam learn to make presentations in spoken English, focusing on the accuracy of their spoken language and their ability to interact with the examiner on a range of conversation topics.

The Trinity College London Grades Examination in Spoken English is internationally recognised around the world as an indication of competence in spoken English.