Sunday May 19, 2002

Britons invited to teach English

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government revealed yesterday a plan to educate rural folks on the Queen’s English by inviting British pensioners for a home stay programme.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said the plan was conveyed to representatives of the British High Commission and they had promised to bring the matter up with the various groups or associations in Britain.
“Pensioners can enjoy their vacation here while doing something meaningful by teaching others to speak in their mother tongue.
“I feel they will be interested to stay in our villages. Their accommodation will be paid for.
“If everything goes well, we hope that the programme will take off early next year,” he said after launching the Selangor Youth Day at the Youth and Culture Complex here.
The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, also attended the celebration.
Dr Khir also said teachers from rural schools would soon be selected for training conducted by the UiTM language department in training colleges all over the state on the use of English in mathematics and science.
He said that priority would given to teachers in rural areas because of the limited number of English instructors there.