A total of 32 English Language school teachers from 21 Chinese vernacular primary schools attended a ‘Teacher Training Camp’ held at UTAR Kampar Campus recently.

Jointly organised by UTAR Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS), Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet), and Kampar-Gopeng Chinese School Teachers’ Association, the three-day teacher training camp was aimed to help school teachers develop essential knowledge and teaching skills, as well as to educate them on planning interactive English lessons for schoolchildren.

During the opening ceremony, Kampar-Gopeng Chinese School Teacher’s Association President Foo Yuen Choy reminded the participants that teaching is a prestigious profession, and teachers are often referred to as “Engineers of the human soul”. He added, “With the responsibility of educating the younger generation on their shoulders, it is crucial for teachers to be equipped with the necessary skills that could help them become effective disseminators of knowledge.”

UTAR Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Associate Professor Dr Teh Chee Seng concurred, saying, “Being educators, you have the responsibility to help and inspire students. I believe that behind every great student, there is always a great teacher. Teachers have the responsibility to grow and guide their students in learning. The practical training and sharing among the schoolteachers and lecturers will help to explore new approaches and expand existing ones for them to upgrade their teaching skills and strategies.”

“The training camp is very interesting and refreshing at the same time. I feel it’s a good opportunity for me to revise and recall what I had learned previously. It’s a good platform for all of us to learn some practical tips to be applied in the classroom,” said Nur Amelia binti Mohd Nazrin, an English teacher from SJK (C) Chuang Hua, Kampar.

Another participant from SJK (C) Sungai Durian, Tanjung Tualang, Hajah Rosnah Choong binti Abdullah said, “It was a very good opportunity to attend this teacher training camp. The entire training programme was very exciting and insightful. The trainers are extremely well versed in their subjects and they really took the time to ensure our understanding using real life examples.”