‘IT should be utilised for teaching language skills’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Education Minister said yesterday that Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) should use Information Technology as part of its strategy to promote digital applications to support the learning of languages.

He was speaking during an international seminar titled Teaching and Learning of Language for its Non-native Speakers: Reality and Expectations’ held at UNISSA.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman in his speech said UNISSA should highlight the use of Information Technology such as e-portals and applications that can be used on all devices in teaching and learning language skills.

“Apps that are suitable, that can be used on all devices, that are fast, accurate and consistent with the latest teaching methods should be used in teaching and learning language skills,” he said.

He also highlighted the importance of learning languages as it plays a major part in education.

He said a study had shown that language proficiency begins at birth to 6 years old, adding that language develops in children at different times and is further strengthened at a later stage when they enter school.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said language proficiency isn’t just focused on mastering the mother tongue of a nation as learning other languages must also be prioritised.

He added that the ability to communicate in various languages is an advantage.

“For example, the Arabic language is also the language of Al-Quran. It’s an important basis for understanding and studying the teachings of Islam, while the English language and French language are recognised as global languages,” he said.

He said a high command of different languages is a catalyst to progress further and to be more competitive in the workforce.

The Malay language along with the other globally recognised languages should also be prioritised, he noted.

The Brunei Times