English Language Roadmap 2015-2025

The launching of Ministry Of Education and Cambridge English partnership to deliver the English Language Roadmap 2015-2025.

image1. Alhamdulillah praise to Allah as the Ministry of Education Malaysia has reached another milestone for the national education transformation journey.

2. It gives me great pleasure to address all of you today on the occasion of the signing of the collaboration agreement between the Malaysian Ministry of Education and Cambridge English as well as the launching of The English Language Roadmap 2015 – 2025.

3. Malaysia has been very focused towards the expansion of the education system, to ensure equal access to education for all children. Our concern now is to establish a sustainable and competitive system of high quality education that stands among the best in the region and also at global level.

4. The Roadmap 2015 – 2025 is the implementation of The Malaysian Education Blueprint (MEB) 2013 – 2025 and serves as the dashboard of implementation plan for the systemic reform of English language education in Malaysia. The reform is done holistically from Malaysian schools up to tertiary level and also in teacher training.

5. The Roadmap was produced by the English Language Standards and Quality Council that produced two important documents. The first document is
• English Language Education in Malaysia: An Agenda for Reform 2015 – 2025;which explains the need for English Language Reform and the second is
• English Language Education Reform in Malaysia: The Roadmap 2015 – 2025 which discusses in detail the strategic implementation for English Language Education in Malaysia.

6. This project begun in 2013, where the Ministry of Education commissioned Cambridge English to carry out a baseline study which described the standards of English our students and teachers. Cambridge English has provided the Ministry of Education with staged targets for all levels of education based on the raw data from the baseline study. The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) was appointed as the lead agency responsible for the implementation and monitoring the progress of The Roadmap.

7. The Roadmap 2015 – 2025 uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as an internationally recognised framework to guide the transformation of English Language education in Malaysia from school level right to continuous professional development. The CEFR provides the framework for the development of the curriculum, the selection of teaching materials, and the assessment of learning.

8. The Roadmap will serve as a guide for teachers to ensure that students achieve proficiency levels aligned to international standards. It is the Ministry’s responsibility to equip the students with the language skills especially English as school offers the foundation level for the job market.

9. A further important consideration is the creation of a high-quality teaching workforce courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. Teachers need the means to improve their proficiency, knowledge and skills, and to keep up with advances in English language teaching. This month, Cambridge English has been involved in training Master Trainers and Observers on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

10. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the English Language Standards and Quality Council (ELSQC) for their tireless efforts in producing this document.

11. I welcome the cooperation between the Malaysian Ministry of Education and Cambridge English, and I look forward to significant improvements in English language teaching and learning following the implementation of The Roadmap; and most importantly, I believe that this is a vital step towards the transformation of our education system.

Mahdzir Khalid

Malaysian Minister Of Education

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