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Malaysia Airports Aims To Elevate Teacher's English Proficiency via BESMaT

06 June 2008

Sepang, 6 June 2008 - Malaysia Airports continues its Beyond Borders programme with an English skill workshop called 'Better English for Science & Mathematic Teachers' or BESMaT, aiming to elevate English proficiency for the teachers at its adopted schools.

A total of 82 teachers from Malaysia Airports' nine adopted schools were involved in this workshop. The schools are:-

  1. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Batu Maung, Penang

  2. Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Maung, Penang

  3. Sekolah Kebangsaan Pokok Sena, Penang

  4. Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Pinang, Alor Star, Kedah

  5. Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Changgang, Selangor

  6. Sekolah Kebangsaan Wira, Kuantan, Pahang

  7. Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

  8. Sekolah Kebangsaan Petagas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  9. Sekolah Kebangsaan Pulo, Kuching, Sarawak

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director Malaysia Airports said: "The objective of this workshop is to further develop confidence among Science and Mathematic teachers in English conversation, with a view of becoming highly motivated individuals with positive communications skills and resourceful mindset to aid in the teaching process.

"At the end of the workshop, it is our hope that the participants English language proficiency and fluency will be much better as to enhance teacher- student communication. They will also be better equipped with higher self- confidence level when they returned to their respective schools, he added. The BESMaT module encompassed an intensive five-day training programme that incorporates basic grammar reviews with continuous presentations and discussions that will result in more confidence and knowledge.

BESMaT is tailored to develope self-confidence in communicating in English correctly and thereafter, reviewing their knowledge of grammar for better communication and teaching skills, and finally to enhance their application through school project.

"All these programmes are aimed to develop a positive mindset to aid in producing highly resourceful and competent Science and Mathematics teachers for the future, Dato' Seri Bashir added.

Dato' Seri Bashir said: "After this, the teachers would apply what they have learnt here to develop schools projects for their respective schools and compete among our nine adopted schools to win RM10,000,00 for their school. The competition also provides cash prizes for second place, which is RM7,000.00 and third place will receive RM3,000.00."

To start the projects, Malaysia Airports will provide fund of RM2,000.00 for each schools.

For BESMaT, Malaysia Airports has engaged the service of Excel Total Solution Sdn. Bhd. to ensure sustainable approach with long-term positive impact on the school teachers, enabling them to subsequently conduct language and education activities for their students.

Malaysia Airports and ETS will continuously provide special consultation session with the teachers concerned at their respective schools on implementing related projects. The teachers will also be able to consult on- line with ETS trainers on grammar issues and project matters.

BESMaT is part of Malaysia Airports' activities in continuously enhancing its PINTAR programme. Malaysia Airports' PINTAR took the honour of being the first to have its own theme - Beyond Borders, making Malaysia Airports the first GLC to have a theme for its PINTAR project.

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