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A teacher from Malang in Indonesia has won a keynote speaker competition sponsored by Cambridge International Examinations.
Noverita Wahyuningsih teaches English to students of mechanical engineering at the State Polytechnic of Malang. Her winning paper was titled Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking Skills in a CLIL Setting: 21 Ways.
Her prize included the opportunity to present her paper to the 49th Annual Conference of the Regional Language Centre (RELC), set up by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization. She also received a full scholarship to the conference. The theme of this year’s conference was Critical Competencies for the 21st Century Language Classroom.
Noverita’s paper explored the ideas of content and language integrated learning (CLIL), in which students learn a subject through the medium of a foreign language. Her interest in this area of education was inspired first by a professor at university and later by the groundbreaking work of Dr Peeter Mephisto.
She now implements the principles of CLIL in her classroom. She has noted remarkable improvements in the attitudes and skills of her mechanical engineering students. Their improved language skills are preparing them well for multinational company job interviews, often held in English in Indonesia.
Noverita had attended previous RELC conferences, but never as a presenter. She was grateful to Cambridge for the prize of the sponsorship. She said: “This year’s conference was definitely the best so far.”