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CfBT and BELTA are pleased to announce that the Minister for Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamad Taib officially opened the 2007 National English Language Teaching Conference on Thursday 23rd August.
“Sharing Effective Teaching Strategies” was the theme of the conference that was held at the Institut Perkhidmatan Awam (IPA) in Tungku, on the 23rd and 24th of August.
This year the conference was organised by CfBT Education Services with the Brunei English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and with the generous sponsorship of Cambridge International Examinations, British Council and Macmillan publishers. English teachers and Ministry of Education officers attended the event, and listened to a variety of speakers from Brunei and overseas and had the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops.
The keynote speaker, Professor John Stannard from the United Kingdom, is a well-known educationalist with extensive experience as an inspector and international consultant. His work as Director of The National Literacy Strategy in the UK was recognised in 2000 by Her Majesty the Queen when he was awarded a CBE. He is currently the Principal Consultant for CfBT and has been working closely with the Brunei arm of the British-based Trust in various education projects over the last two years. His keynote address was titled ‘Quality Teaching – The Need for a Common Framework’.
The first plenary speaker was Professor Amy Tsui, from Hong Kong. She was Director of the Teachers of English Language Education Centre in which role she established TeleNex, an English teacher support network. She has subsequently developed an international reputation as a conference speaker and author on teaching expertise and language policy. Her plenary paper is titled ‘Effective Teaching Strategies Reconceptualised: Teachers’ Practical Knowledge’. The second plenary speaker was Ms. Helen Imam from Cambridge International Examinations. She is Product Manager for English at CIE having previously worked in Asia and North Africa. Her plenary session was entitled ‘Whose English Should We Teach?’
In addition to the main speakers there was a programme of workshops each day on a variety of topics, all based around the theme of “Sharing Effective Teaching Strategies”.
The conference was from 1.30 pm till 5.30 pm on Thursday and 8.30 am till 4.00 pm on Friday.
For further enquiries regarding this event, please contact Dave Laming on 673 2442773.
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