NATIONAL LITERACIES DAY

Introduction

 

National Literacies Day is one of MELTA many initiatives in promoting and developing various literacies and competencies in Malaysia. It is a 1-day event with workshop sessions catering to all sections of the society - parents, pre-school children, school-going children, young adults, teachers, lecturers, and working adults. These workshops are conducted by experts in the field of English Language Education.

Besides workshops, there are also a series of fun-filled and educational activities that make National Literacies Day a memorable event for all.

 

National Literacies Day 2010

 

2010 saw MELTA organizing National Literacies Day for the third consecutive year. It was held on Saturday,27 November 2010  from 9a.m. – 1p.m at the  Wawasan Open University, Kuala Lumpur, 3rd Floor, Menara PGRM, Cheras.  4 workshops were conducted:-

 

1)     Fun with English for Lower Primary School Students

 

2)     Developing Early Literacy through Language Arts for Primary and Pre-school Teachers

 

3)     Technology for Teachers for Secondary School Teachers

 

4)     Postgraduate Research Literacy Skills for Postgraduate Students

 

 Presenters were :

Keith Khong Hou Keat, Cheah Swi Ee, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan, Dr. Farizah Jaafar, Assoc. Prof. Dr Ramesh Nair and Dr. Shanthini Pillai.

 

National Literacies Day 2009

The Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) organized the 2nd MELTA National Literacies Day in partnership with Wawasan Open University on the 10th of October 2009 at the Wawasan Open University Regional Office, 3rd Floor, Menara PGRM, Cheras from 8.30 am to 5 pm. The main focus of the MELTA National Literacies Day was on the promotion and development of various literacies and competencies among parents, school-going children, post graduate students, teachers, lecturers, and working adults. The following is a list of workshops and seminars that were conducted:

 

1. For Teachers and the general public

 

Promoting Emotional Intelligence (EQ) among teachers.

A lively approach to teaching pronunciation.

Public Speaking: The confidence to stand and deliver

 

 

2. For Students

Public Speaking: Speaking for success

Preparing for the SPM Literature Elective Examination

SPM English Paper 1 : Effective Techniques and Strategies for Writing Excellence

 

 

3. For the General Public

See Wall-to –Wall: E-literacies in the Digital Age

Literacy in Special Education and Political Literacy – “Understanding Civil Rights”

 

 

4. For Postgraduate Students and Academics

Publishing from Your Research/Thesis

 

 

Presenters included Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan(USM), Dr. Raja Mazuin Raja Aziz (IPGMBA), Dr. Shanthini Pillai (UKM), Dr. Normala Othman(IIUM), Mr. U.K. Menon (Wawasan Open University), Assoc Prof Dr Malachi Edwin Vethamani (Wawasan Open University), Mr. Leong Han Ming (Wawasan Open University), Mr. Aslam Khan Samahs Khan (IPGMBA), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ganakumaran Subramaniam (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus) ,Ms Lim Chui Hoon (SASER) and Ms Zahuren Abdul Kadir (SASER)

 

NATIONAL LITERACIES DAY 2008

 

The Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) organized its inaugural National Literacies Day held in conjunction with the World Literacy Day on Saturday, 18 October 2008 at Fairview International School, Ampang. This one-day event focused on the promotion and development of various literacies and competencies. National Literacies Day was inclusive to all sections of the society - parents, pre-school children, school-going children, young adults, teachers, lecturers, and working adults.  Workshops, seminars, exhibitions, and fun-filled activities were conducted with the sole objective of enhancing literacy skills and literacy awareness. The Creative Methodologies for Teaching Writingworkshop for instance offered participants ideas, templates and mechanisms to develop an interest in writing for all levels of learners. These included fascinating approaches using structures from fairy tales and fables to engage learners in writing activities. The workshop demonstrated methods of plot and character manipulation to enhance creativity in writing using popular movies like Shrek. The Creativity in Teaching Grammar workshop focused on learner-centred strategies in motivating students through techniques such as the use of songs, cartoon strips, video clips, storytelling and movies. The activities were contextualised and designed for total involvement in all stages of a lesson and centering on authentic uses in natural social contexts. There were also workshops on Public SpeakingDeveloping Early Literacies, Learner DiversityLearning styles and Multiple Intelligences as well as Preparing learners for the SPM literature Elective Examination. An added feature of the National Literacies Day was the Poster exhibition Graphic Representations of Reading: Visualising Literature through Multimedia Tools, which showcased samples of multimedia posters created by learners of literature, demonstrating the ways in which the incorporation of multimedia technology can effectively engage literature learners to produce graphic representations of their reading material. The event was well attended, with participants from as far as Muar, Ipoh, and Kota Bahru.

 

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