Date: 10th May 2019
Time: 11:20 – 12:05
Room: Parkview 2
Presented By : Denis Finney
With the continuing growth of English as the language of global communication, there is an ongoing need for quality English language teachers – teachers with the content knowledge (English language proficiency) and the methodology appropriate to the needs and cultural background of their students. The policies and processes in place for training teachers are thus a significant factor in maintaining educational standards. National language policy also has a major impact on educational achievement, and this is particularly true in a multilingual environment.
This presentation takes a look at the teaching of English in two very different southeast Asian countries: Indonesia (with a population of over 260 million) and Timor-Leste (with fewer than 1.5 million people). It will briefly outline national policies for the teaching of English in schools and colleges, and the required standards of English language proficiency for teachers and students. It will conclude by exploring some of the challenges faced in addressing the need for quality teacher training.