Department: Language Academy

Online TCELC meeting to discuss important issues

JOHOR BAHRU, 27 April – The 2021 online meeting for Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Tuanku Chancellor English Language  Club (TCELC) was held through Webex application on March 30th, 2021 to discuss several important issues. The online meeting was chaired by Permaisuri Johor and UTM Chancellor, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan …

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Making the Most of a Virtual Conference/Seminars: Tips for Presenters and Participants

Based on our very first virtual seminar, Virtual Language and Communication Postgraduate International Seminar (VLCPIS) 2020, we have put together a list of tips that will help presenters and participants maximize their experience at any virtual conferences or seminars they attend.

Dr Shanti Chief Guest at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Contesting Violence: Literature, Culture and Society

Dr Shanti C Sandaran, Senior Lecturer from Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, was honoured as a Plenary Speaker and Chief Guest earlier this year, at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Contesting Violence: Literature, Culture and Society.

Empowering FSSH KL Staff with Virtual Learning Platforms through Online Clinics

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to academia worldwide since the teaching and learning process goes fully online. Scooping with online teaching and learning tools is another challenge faced by the lecturers, which includes unfamiliarity and lack of confidence to use these tools.

A Message of UTM’s Purpose and Hope Related to the Official Announcement on UTM Teaching and Learning Activities for Semester 2, Session 2019/2020 during the COVID 19 Crisis

A Message of UTM’s Purpose and Hope Related to the Official Announcement on UTM Teaching and Learning Activities for Semester 2, Session 2019/2020 during the COVID-19 Crisis From the Article of Prof Ir Zainuddin Abdul Manan Translated by UTM Language Academy Sometimes God hides the sun. He brings the storm and thunder. We cry and …

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UTM Won Second Place in Modern Language Olympiad Competition

Josiah Jeevanraj Joseph from the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) won second place for English Speech category in the first Modern Language Olympiad 2019, organised by Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. The competition, with the theme “Celebrating Youth, Language & Culture” was held from October 29 to November 2, 2019.

There were 5 fields of competition, which were Speech, Idea Pitching, Strategic Storytelling, Versatile Presenting, and Radio Drama. The competition was conducted under three languages- Malay, English, and Arabic language and it was open for students of all levels. Among the objectives of the programme were to uncover the personal aptitude and showcase the students’ skills in presentation while enhancing critical thinking skills.

Besides Josiah, another three students, Ibrahim Mohamed and Mohammed Nasser Mokhadri from the School of Computing as well as Nizar Haider from the School of Mechanical reached up to the semi-finals outperforming other contestants in the English Speech category. All four UTM students received full support from Assoc. Prof. Dr Hanita Bte Hassan, Chair of Language Academy and their participation in Modern Language Olympiad (MLO) was fully sponsored by Language Academy, Faculty of Science Social and Humanity (FSSH).

Competitions were stiff with 167 contestants from different universities across the nation, including a few from Indonesia, competing in various categories. For English Speech category alone, there were 50 competitors who were articulate and well trained. UTM speakers managed to be on the top 15 list out of 50 contestants as they entered the semi-final. Failing to grab the top place did not discourage the UTM contestants to compete in future events. In fact, the students reported that they have learnt a lot from the opportunities and experiences throughout the journey of the competition. The students were determined to practice further for similar competitions in the future.

The students credited the Language Academy lecturers who had given them advice and tips, especially Dr. Nina Diana Nawi, Dr. Farhana Abu Bakar, Dr. Aminabibi Saidalvi, Dr. Abdullah Nawi, Dr Farhana Diana Deris, Mr. Ghazali Bunari and Ms. Nur ‘Ain Mohd Shahroom. They also expressed gratitude to UTM Aces Toastmasters Club because the club had provided them an avenue to practice public speaking skills.