‘Learning languages can benefit tourism’

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THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) is looking to promote students in certain courses to take up different languages, said its director and chief executive officer.

“Languages are very important in this globalised world. It would be an advantage and a value added for our students if they can actually converse in different languages,” said Dr Chin Wei Keh during an interview yesterday on the sidelines of the 30th Japanese Speech Contest at the Lecture Hall, School of Aviation, IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus.

Dr Chin said that with Brunei currently promoting more tourism in the country, it is becoming increasingly important for students, especially those studying tourism, to pick up the languages used by tourists for stronger communication.

“Having that capability to teach and learn languages will be an advantage for Brunei to encourage more tourism in the country,” he said, adding that this is in line with IBTE’s vision of becoming the leading national institution in post-secondary technical education and training by 2018.

According to Dr Chin, IBTE currently offers languages as optional modules based on individual interests and they aren’t integrated with their curriculum. On whether there are plans to integrate them into the curriculum, he said it will be considered, especially for courses that will greatly benefit from them such as tourism.

“They aren’t integrated at the moment, but I think it makes good sense to have that platform for people to learn different languages,” he added.

The 30th Japanese Speech Contest was co-organised by IBTE, the Language Centre at Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the Japanese Embassy in Brunei.

The contest saw 11 participants competing in two categories. Eight participants competed in the beginner’s level while three competed in the advanced level.

Taking first place in the beginner’s level was Jocelyn Wong Tshin Tze with her speech titled ‘Teachers’. Following in second place was Kenny Su Kah Hou with his speech ‘Recycle’ and in third place was Josephine Wong Tshin Huei with her speech ‘My Dream’.

For the advanced level, the winner was Dk Zayaputeri Pg Hj Mohd Yamin with her speech titled ‘Don’t Cry’. In second place was Nurliza Abd Zabar presenting her speech ‘The Pros and Cons of the 21st Century as the Internet Age’ followed by Nuraizzah Ramizah Hj Asmali with her speech ‘My Favourite Band’.

Present as the guests of honour for the event were the Ministry of Education’s Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Dr Hj Azman Ahmad, and Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Noriko Iki.

The Brunei Times