Recently a group of English teachers from Hin Hua High School in Klang, Malaysia successfully completed the British Council’s CiSELT training course.
CiSELT (Certificate in Secondary English Language Teaching) is an in-service course, written specifically for English language teachers working in secondary schools. It aims to:
- develop teachers' methodological skills
- develop communicative, reflective and learning-centred teaching skills
- develop classroom based research skills
- professionalise teachers classroom practice
Since 2011, the British Council Malaysia team has been making a long term commitment to the continuous professional development of English teachers in Hin Hua High School, a Chinese medium independent school.
There are only 60 Chinese medium high schools in Malaysia and Hin Hua has shown itself to be one of the best when it comes to English, with five students out of the top ten graduates of the school leaving exam (UEC) nationwide coming from Hin Hua School in 2015.
Madame Boo, Vice President of the school, feels this is because the English department of Hin Hua has a strong commitment to the professional development of its teachers and has had close collaboration with the British Council to support their development. The latest initiative began in March 2015, when their teachers started studying the CiSELT course with us.
Once a month the teachers attended a CiSELT workshop where they developed their teaching competencies and skills and demonstrated their understanding in their discussion and assignments. They also completed regular assignments and records of work, in which they reflected on their teaching.
In late 2016 the training came to a successful conclusion and the school patron Puan Sri Kai Yong Yeoh, hosted a graduation for the teachers, where they received a certificate of achievement for having successfully completed the training.