2.A Visit from JemberMany people are familiar with TOEFL preparation course and of course, more people are taking this test every year. As one of the institutions which legally permitted to conduct TOEFL test, English Language Center of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang has many qualified programs related to TOEFL and one of them is to cooperate with other educational institutions for TOEFL preparation course and testing. Related to this, Kyai Abdurrahman and Ibu Balqis Humaira, representatives from Pondok Pesantren Nurul Islam I which is located in Jember, visited English Language Center of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang on 27 November 2017 to discuss the partnership plan regarding TOEFL course and testing program. They implied that the intention of the visit is to offer a collaborative plan of TOEFL preparation program in  Pondok Pesantren Nurul Islam I especially for students in the twelveth grade. Since Pondok Pesantren Nurul Islam I has three different high-schools, they hoped that lecturers in English Language Center of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang can help to design and teach the TOEFL course there. Although the joint program had been agreed by both institutions, further details of the program are still under discussion. The Head of English Language Center, Dr. Syamsudin, expected that this kind of collaboration will last. In addition, TOEFL division has also planned to expand this program to other institutions as well. So, are you interested to join the TOEFL preparation and testing program? Contact us or you can come to the TOEFL division in English Language Center of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang for more information.

 

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1.Round Table Discussion

On Wednesday, 22 November 2017, English Language Center held an internal Seminar on Curriculum Development under the theme “Genre-Based Approach in the Teaching of ESP Context.” The speaker was Dr. Sabariah MD Rashid from University Putra Malaysia. Started around 11 p.m., the seminar discussed Genre-based Approach and followed by a very interactive and enthusiastic discussion raised by lecturers of English Language Center as the attendees. During the seminar, Dr. Sabariah emphasized the importance of identifying students’ needs and focusing on those needs when developing the ESP materials. She said that although reaching the objectives set in the syllabus is important, what is more crucial is making sure that the students learn something during the learning process. Dr. Syamsudin, the Head of English Language Center also added that although teaching English for non-English department students is challenging, English lecturers should consistently remind the students of how pivotal English is for their lives, to initiate their learning motivation. The event was closed by having lunch and taking commemoration picture with Dr. Sabariah. Further, Dr. Syamsudin stated that this type of event will be held more often in the future and will be a part of Round Table Discussion, a monthly program designed to provide chances for lecturers of English Language Center to learn and to discuss ESP teaching.

 

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It has been a while since the last post from PKPBI UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang. This is the first post on 2017 and although it is already near the end of the year, we will make sure to update news and events happening in English Language Center (PKPBI) of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang. The good news is, Pusat Bahasa UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang (Language Center) now has new leaders. We will have exclusive interviews with the new head of English Language Center (PKPBI) of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang and we will share his thoughts on the future of English Language Center soon! Stay tuned!