Strengthening The Quality of Our English Language Teachers


Researches, policy makers and practitioners agree that quality  learning requires effective teachers and teaching.

The Malaysia Education Blueprint(MEB) 2013-2025 in Shift 4 of its reform for education in Malaysia,accentuates teacher quality as being the single most important factor in determining students’ academic success.

Being cognizant of this fact the Ministry of Education (MoE) Malaysia has taken tremendous efforts to provide teachers with quality ongoing professional development programmes to help improve their knowledge, skill and efficacy inteaching.

In the case of English language teaching and learning, the MoE is making certain that our students receive high quality English Language education delivered by teachers whose quality is comparable to international standards.

The MoE has since put in placemany professional development opportunities for English language teachers to improve their language teaching competencies.A Roadmap for English Language Education has also been developed as part of the Ministry’s on-going efforts to strengthen the teaching and learning of the English language in Malaysia.Driven by the national aspirations encapsulated inthe MEB for English language education in Malaysia, this English language Roadmap sets the directions for producing a quality delivery system for English language teachers in Malaysia to follow.

Building teacher competency through collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Driven by the national aspirations encapsulated in the MEB for English language education in Malaysia, this English language Roadmap sets the directions for producing a quality delivery system for English language teachers in Malaysia to follow.

One major professional development programme that centres on enhancing the competencies of English language teachers in terms of proficiency and teacher pedagogy is the Professional Upskilling of English LanguageTeachers or (Pro-ELT).

The ProELT training materials are tailor-made to the context of the Malaysian classroom where the focus is on teaching the English language within the context of differentiated instructions and the 21st century skills.

ProELT commenced in 2013 and aims to improve the proficiency level and pedagogical skills of all English Language option teachers nationwide.The outcome of Pro ELT is to see that all English language teachers in government schools achieve a minimum proficiency level of C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

English language Roadmap 2015-2025.

The second outcome targeted by Pro ELT is to enhance teachers interms of 21st century teaching and learning pedagogies.

The ProELT training materials are tailor-made to the context of the Malaysian classroom where the focusis on teaching the English language within the context of differentiated instructions and the 21st century skills.

The ProELT training exposes teachers to a variety of exercises,stimulus, quizzes, discussions and resources in English to help teachers improve their proficiency level.

A quality delivery system.

Teachers are also provided with the opportunities to explore a repertoire of classroom and student based activities and strategies for contextualised teaching.

To sustain the learning gained from the ProELT training, teachers are guided to develop professional learning communities in schools where they are able to continue sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise with each other.

It is the hope of the Ministry of Education Malaysia that English Language teachers in Malaysia continue to develop their capacity to become high calibre teachers who are committed to continuously strengthening their professional capital.