SELC dean Assoc Prof Dr Malachi Edwin Vethamani and Too Wei Keong, a lecturer from the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, conducted the one-day workshop.
The workshop comprised four sessions which dealt with the teaching of two poems, one short story and a graphic novel. Teachers first read the texts and then were introduced to various activities they could carry out with their students.
It was lively with much active participation and positive response from the participants. Nirmala Subramaniam from SMK Tunku Ampuan Najihah commented that she found “the approach presented for teaching short stories and novels using a point of entry approach interesting and different from the conventional approach of teaching chapter by chapter”. Another teacher, Daphne Rosaline from SMK (P) Methodist, said the sessions were “very practical as it showed us how to teach the poems and short story”.
Among those who attended were two participants representing a group of teacher trainees from a local public university. They said their course mates could not afford the fees and they had used the class fund to attend the workshop. They hope to go back and share the notes with their course mates.