Assoc. Prof. Tan Choon Keong, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Choon Keong (PhD) is currently an Associate Professor with The Faculty of Psychology and Education in Universiti Malaysia Sabah at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. He has more than 18 years of experience as a lecturer in the discipline of e-learning, multimedia and educational technology at the university. Prior to this job attachment, he served as a secondary school teacher for 13 years specialising in the teaching of English Language and Social Sciences. His current research interest is the use of computer technology / educational technology to improve the learning of undergraduates and school children. He had published many research articles related to creativity in education, e-learning and multimedia for language learning in higher education.
Title: Teaching and Learning during the Covid 19 Pandemic: Skills And Challenges
Abstract: Recently, more than 90 percent of the countries of the world were affected by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which gave major impacts and losses to the economy and education sectors. Many countries including Malaysia temporarily shifted to a complete online learning mode for universities and schools throughout the country. Malaysia imposed the first movement control order (MCO) beginning March 2020 and subsequently the second MCO in September 2020 until the current writing of this paper. Teaching and learning for students was either conducted live via video conferencing (synchronous) with most engagement activities put as offline (asynchronous). Meanwhile, the government ruled that the traditional teaching and learning method was no longer an option for learning until the COVID-19 vaccination implementation is completed fully. This Higher Education of Malaysia ordered all institutions of higher learning to implement the online teaching and learning method throughout the pandemic. This may cause many challenges and difficulties for both the teachers and students due to many external factors such as insufficient gadgets for learning, lack of ICT skills for teaching and learning, lack of motivation among students, and other challenges. This paper evaluates the feedbacks of the students of a public higher learning institution in Sabah, Malaysia that implements the online learning during this pandemic. Various issues related to learning will be discussed. The author will also provide some recommendations to offset some of the challenges.
Assoc. Prof. Chew Fong Peng, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Dr. Chew Fong Peng is Associate Professor at Faculty of Education, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia and teaching Malay language education and early childhood education program. Presented approximately 166 working papers international and international seminars and conferences in Malaysia and foreign countries. Published 9 books, 111 articles published in journals, 72 papers in conference proceedings, 39 chapters in books, 21 translated books including creative writings, 11 edited books and edited creative writings. She is the book editor of Taylor & Francis, editor for Malaysian Year 4, 5 and 6 History textbook and Year 1 Arts and Music Education text books. Completed 19 research projects which 8 of them were led by Chew. She won many medals in academy and innovative expo. UM Outstanding Service Award (2008), being listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019; 2020; 2000 Intellectual in the World for 21st Century Year 2011. Chew is article reviewer for some established international journals, namely Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, SAGE Open, International Journal of English & Literature (IJEL), British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioral Science (BJESBS), Educational Research and Reviews (ERR) besides some local estalished journals included Pertanika: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, GEMA Online and Kemanusiaan,. Besides that, Chew recites Malay poem invited at state and national level. Chew was invited as visiting professor at Peking University from October, 2011 to June, 2012 during her sabbatical leave. Chew won the “The World Outstanding Researcher” award (2013).
Title: Understanding, Readiness and Problems of Malay language Teachers in Teaching Speaking Skills in Vernacular Schools
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the teachers' understanding, readiness and problems in teaching and learning of speaking skills to non-native speakers in vernacular schools. Mixed methods of quantitative and qualitative were used in this study. The data obtained will be analysed by using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23.0. This study applied the theory of Monitor as a guide in teaching Malay Language in the National-type Schools in the area of Kuala Lipis, Pahang. The respondents involved in the study consisted of 80 teachers and 160 pupils. The study indicated that the understanding (M = 4.43, SD = .514) and readiness (M = 4.43, SD =.507) of the Malay language teachers in vernacular schools were high. Correlation tests also showed that there was a significant relationship between teachers’ understanding and readiness. On the other hand, phonological error analysis showed that the highest pronunciation errors among the students was the word 'ungu', whereas the word with the least error was 'Rabu'. This study recommended that training for teachers needs to be enhanced in order to assist them to conduct good, quality and effective teaching and learning sessions.
Keywords: language acquisition, monitor theory, non-native speaker
Asst. Prof. Asli Aktan-Erciyes, Kadir Has University of Istanbul, Turkey
Aslı Aktan Erciyes graduated from Boğaziçi University Business Administration Department in 1998 and worked as a banking-treasurer for a short period of time. In 2011, she completed her MA at Psychology Department of Boğaziçi University-Developmental Psychology Program. She received her PhD from Boğaziçi University, Department of Psychology in 2017, where she studied the effects of second language acquisition on event perception and narrative skills. Between 2012 and 2017, she worked as a researcher in two separate projects supported by Turkish National Scientific Council. In her post-doctoral studies, Aslı Aktan-Erciyes started to work for a research project funded by the James McDonnel Foundation at the Koç University Language and Cognition Laboratory. Currently, in the Department of Psychology at Kadir Has University, Dr. Aktan-Erciyes works as a faculty and coordinates SiLab (Studies in Language and Bilingualism), where she conducts research examining the interaction between first and second language with her research team. One line of her research investigates how early and intense exposure to second language affects first language and vice versa. She is also interested in narrative development and motion event conceptualization. She also conducts research on L1 and L2 acquisition, measurement processes and investigate infants with typical and atypical development.
Assoc. Prof. Jeyapriya Palanivelu, Mother Teresa Women's University, India
Dr.P.Jeyappriya, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, TamilNadu has her Master’s in English, Women Studies and Psychology. She has her Doctoral Degree in English. She has also completed her diploma and an advanced diploma in French. Her areas of research are Indian Writing in English, Diasporic Studies, English Language Teaching and Comparative Literature. She has and is successfully supervising doctoral candidates and 12 has been awarded so far and she has guided 50 plus M.Phil scholars and 110 plus PG students. Dr.Jeyappriya has successfully published 20 plus papers in International Journals, 30 plus articles in National Journals. She has authored 10 books and edited 7 books. She has made academic visits to Srilanka, Malaysia, Japan and China. To add a brief note on her distinctive achievements: She has been awarded with Dr.Radhakrishnan National Teacher’s Award by Baujana Sahitya Academy, Best Faculty in English awarded PK Das Memorial Trust, Vocational Excellency Award by Rotary Club of Kodaikanal and the Best Teacher Award.