English Language Specialist (ELSpec) Ms. Claire Siskin travelled to Terengganu, Perak and Sarawak from January 29 through February 7 to conduct a series of workshops entitled “Technology in the English Language Classroom” for English language educators.
Ms. Siskin, who is an enthusiastic practitioner of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) from Pennsylvania, covered various aspects of English Language learning methodologies and topics such as blended learning, critical thinking in the English classroom, mobile-assisted language learning for the 21st century, digital literacy and engaging learners through collaborative tasks. The workshops benefited more than 200 English language teachers and lecturers, and were organized in collaboration with the State Education Departments of Terengganu and Sarawak, as well as Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI).
Apart from imparting new techniques, the workshops allowed both participants and Ms. Siskin to share their perspectives on the issue of using technology in the classroom. Participants received certificates of participation from Ms. Siskin at the end of each workshop and Forum magazines courtesy of PAS Kuala Lumpur. Also in attendance was the Regional English Language Officer from Bangkok, Ms. Alice Murray.