New Centre to Enhance Professional Development of Malay Language Teachers
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, announced the establishment of the Malay Language Centre of Singapore (MLCS) or “Pusat Bahasa Melayu Singapura” at the 3rd Arif Budiman Lecture Series today.
Opening in July this year, MLCS will support the in-service training of Malay language (ML) teachers. Its mission is to facilitate the teaching and learning of the Malay Language in the context of a more challenging and dynamic language environment, where more students are coming from households where English is the dominant home language.
To be located at the MOE Language Centre in Bishan, the Centre will conduct training courses, workshops, seminars and professional sharing sessions for ML teachers. They can look forward to boosting their skills and knowledge in a variety of areas such as Malay grammar, Malay culture, teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and application of ICT. These will facilitate teachers in developing more creative and effective ML lessons.
MLCS will also provide mentoring programmes for potential ML Master Teachers and Senior Teachers to develop their capacity in guiding other teachers. MLCS will also guide teachers in conducting action research and partner teachers to develop teaching resources such as ICT-based lessons or school-based curriculum that cater to the needs of their students.
In addition, MLCS will serve as a resource centre that houses print materials, cultural artifacts and IT resources. ML teachers and students could tap on these resources to learn more about the Malay language and culture.
To enrich the knowledge of ML teachers, MLCS has also lined up two signature annual events—the Malay Language Seminar and the Arif Budiman Lecture series. The Malay Language Seminar will be a useful platform to bring together experts in the field of Malay Language education from Singapore and beyond. The Arif Budiman Lecture Series offers a range of topics pertinent to Malay Language Education.
The centre will be headed by a Centre Director, Mr Mohamed Noh Daipi, MOE’s Assistant Director (Languages and Literature), for Curriculum Planning and Development. Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs, will serve as an Advisor to the centre.