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ZANURIN BIN MOHAMAD SAFAR

I am Zanurin bin Mohamad Safar (B.Ed TESL, MA TESL) - an English teacher for the past 26 years. So far, I have only served four schools namely:

  1. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Convent St. Cecilia, Sandakan, Sabah (3.5.1993 - 1.5.1997)

  2. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kulim, Kulim, Kedah (1.6.1997- 31.12.2016)

  3. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Mutiara, Karangan, Kedah (1.1.2017 – 11.2.2019)

  4. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Badlishah, Kulim, Kedah (12.2.2019 - present)

First of all, of course, Thank you Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, for everything. Alhamdulillah, with the love and understanding from my family especially my beloved wife, Zuriati binti Osman and all my children, as well as ongoing support from my present principal and former principals, colleagues, friends, students and former students, parents, non-teaching staff, PIBG, officers from PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu, JPN Kedah and the Ministry of Education, I have been blessed with numerous opportunities to contribute as much as I could to the field of education particularly in the teaching and learning of English. These are some of my involvements and contributions at the school, district, state, national and international levels:

ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTIONS

  1. Panel member of Kedah SPM 1119 Trial Examination (2002 - 2007, 2017)

  2. Head of Panel, Kedah SPM 1119 Trial Examination (2008 - 2016)

  3. Head of Language Department, SMK Kulim (2008-2010)

  4. Master Teacher (Guru Cemerlang) of English Language DG48 (2010 - 2016)

  5. Head of Panel, Smart English Module, JPN Kedah (2011)

  6. Chairman of Majlis Guru Cemerlang Daerah Kulim Bandar Baharu (2012-2013)

  7. Head of English Unit, Majlis Guru Cemerlang Negeri Kedah 2014-2015)

  8. Certified Coach, School Improvement Specialist Coaches Programme, Ministry of Education (2011-2012)

  9. Head of Panel, Smart Leap English Module, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2013)

  10. Coordinator, The 1st International Edu Visit (Princess Chulabhorn’s College, Satun, Thailand, 2013)

  11. Head of Panel, KPAD SPM English Module, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2014)

  12. Head of Panel, Modul Penulisan BI PT3, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2014)

  13. Panel Member, Modul Bahasa Inggeris DKBB, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2014)

  14. Pentaksir Kawasan, Pentaksiran PT3 BI Negeri Kedah, JPN Kedah (2014)

  15. Coordinator, The 2nd International Edu Visit (Kanchanapissek Wittayalai School, Krabi, Thailand, 2015)

  16. Coordinator, The 3rd International Edu Visit (Sayyidina Hassan Secondary School, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, 2016)

  17. Head of Panel, M.O.R.E (Module for Remedial English), JPN Kedah (2016)

  18. Facilitator / Speaker, SPM Talks in various schools in Kedah and Pulau Pinang (2000 - present)

  19. Head of English Language Panel (1998-2008, 2011-2018)

  20. Master Trainer/ Facilitator, workshops/ courses on English Language subject at district and state levels (1999 - present)

  21. English Language teacher (1993 - present)

  22. Secretary of Highly Immersive Programme Committee (2017-2019)

  23. I transfered to SMK Sultan Badlishah, Kulim (12.2.2019) as a Senior Assistant of Cocurriculum, therefore at present, my responsibilities and duties focus more on managing co-curricular affairs in the school. However, I still teach English in two Form 5 classes and from time to time, contribute to the development of curriculum in the school, district as well as state.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AMONG ENGLISH TEACHERS

  1. Facilitator, Kursus Komponen Sastera Bahasa Inggeris, JPN Kedah (1999)

  2. Facilitator, Malaysian Trainers Development Programme, JPN Kedah (2000-2002)

  3. Master Trainer/ JU, Kursus Orientasi Kurikulum BI Ting. 3, JPN Kedah (2004)

  4. Master Trainer/JU, Kursus Penggunaan Teaching Courseware BI, JPN Kedah (2004)

  5. Master Trainer/ JU, Kursus Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran BI & EST, JPN Kedah (2005)

  6. Facilitator, Bengkel Pengurusan Kokurikulum Akademik BI, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2006)

  7. Facilitator, Bengkel Peningkatan Aktiviti Koakademik BI Sekolah Menengah, JPN Kedah (2009)

  8. Facilitator, Kursus Profisiensi Guru BI, JPN Kedah (2010)

  9. Facilitator, Program Pecutan Akhir BI SPM 2010, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2010)

  10. Facilitator, Bengkel Pemantapan Profesional Guru-Guru Menengah Rendah, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2011)

  11. Facilitator, Kursus Peningkatan Profesionalisme Guru-Guru BI Negeri Kedah: Induksi Modul SPM 2011, JPN Kedah (2011)

  12. Facilitator, Kursus Ke Arah Memperkukuhkan BI Maktab Mahmud Negeri Kedah (2011)

  13. Facilitator, Kursus 'Developing Writing Skills' Untuk Guru-Guru BI DKBB, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2012)

  14. Facilitator, Bengkel Peningkatan Profesionalisme Guru-Guru BI Negeri Kedah, JPN Kedah (2012)

  15. Facilitator, Bengkel Pecutan Akhir PMR 2012, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2012)

  16. Facilitator, Kursus Pemantapan Pedagogi Guru BI Ting 5, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2013)

  17. Facilitator, Bengkel Peningkatan Profesionalisme Guru-Guru BI dan Pengetua Negeri Kedah, JPN Kedah (2013)

  18. Facilitator, Workshop on 'Teaching Writing Skills for Teachers', SMK Permatang Rawa, Pulau Pinang (2013)

  19. Committee Member, Seminar Guru Cemerlang Negeri Kedah, MGCN Kedah (2013)

  20. Facilitator, Program "Best Practices on Essay Writing", PPD Pendang, Kedah (2014)

  21. Facilitator, Bengkel Pemantapan Teknik Penulisan BI Sekolah Rendah, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2014)

  22. Facilitator, Bengkel 'Developing Writing Skills' Untuk Guru-Guru BI Tingkatan 4 dan 5, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2014)

  23. Speaker, Bengkel Perkongsian Amalan PT3 Bersama JPN, PPD dan Guru Kanan Matapelajaran, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2015)

  24. Facilitator, Bengkel 'Creative Writing' Untuk Guru-Guru BI, PPD Kubang Pasu, Kedah (2015)

  25. Facilitator, Perkongsian Amalan Baik PdP BI SMK Kulim dengan Panitia BI Daerah Kota Setar, Kedah (2015)

  26. Facilitator, Bengkel 'Training of Trainers', PPD Kuala Muda Yan, Kedah (2015)

  27. Facilitator, Bengkel 'Pushing to the Limit: Enhancing Writing Skills among Weak ESL Learners', PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2015)

  28. Speaker, Bengkel Peningkatan Kualiti Guru BI Ting 5, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2016)

  29. Chief Coordinator, Langkawi Colloquium on English Language Teaching, JPN Kedah (2016)

  30. Presenter, Langkawi Colloquium on English Language Teaching, JPN Kedah (2016)

  31. Head of Panel, Bengkel Pembinaan Item BI, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2016)

  32. Head of Panel, Coordination of Scheme of Work for English Form 4 and 5, JPN Kedah (2016)

  33. Chief Coordinator, Langkawi Colloquium on English Language Teaching, JPN Kedah

  34. Presenter, Langkawi Colloquium on English Language Teaching, JPN Kedah (2017)

  35. Facilitator, Bengkel Penulisan Esei BI SPM, SMK Taman Mutiara (2017)

  36. Facilitator, Bengkel 'Strategies in Teaching Writing: Insights and Inspirations', SMK Guar Chempedak/ PPD Kuala Muda Yan, Kedah (2017)

  37. Presenter, Kolokium PdP Abad Ke 21, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2017)

  38. Master Trainer/ JU, Bengkel Pemantapan Pedagogi Guru BI, PPD Padang Terap, Kedah (2017)

  39. Executive Director, The 3rd Langkawi Colloquium on English Language Teaching, JPN Kedah (2018)

  40. Presenter, The 3rd Langkawi Colloquium on English Language Teaching, JPN Kedah (2018)

  41. Presenter, The Best Teaching Practice Seminar (for SPM 1119) organised by JPN Kedah (2019)

CO-ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTIONS

  1. Champion of Kedah State Level English Drama Competition 2003 (Script Writer, Trainer) (2003)

  2. Coordinator of SMKK English Language Camp (Park Royal Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, 2005 /  Crown Jewel Hotel, Tanjung Bunga, 2006 / Seaview Hotel, Langkawi, 2008, Cinta Sayang Golf and Country Resort, 2010 / Bayview Beach Resort, Pulau Pinang, 2011)

  3. Champion of Kulim Bandar Baharu District Level English Drama Competition (Script writer / Trainer) (2008 - 2015)

  4. Top 3 positions, Kedah State Level English Drama Competition (Script writer / Trainer) (2008 - 2015)

  5. Committee Member, National Level English Drama Competition (2007)

  6. Technical Officer of English Drama Competition, Kulim Bandar Baharu District (2006 - 2012)

  7. Judge, National Level English Drama Competition 2011, MOE (2011)

  8. Committee Member, National Level English Carnival 2012, MOE (2012)

  9. Champion, Kedah State Level English Drama Competition (Script Writer/ Trainer) (2012)

  10. Judge, Pertandingan Debat Piala Cyber Security Malaysia, Peringkat Zon Utara (2013)

  11. Coordinator, The 1st International Literature Appreciation Camp 2014, SMK Kulim (Damai Park Resort, Merbok, 2014)

  12. Head of Technical Team, National Level English Drama Competition 2015, MOE (2015)

  13. Coordinator, The 2nd International Literature Appreciation Camp, SMK Kulim (Swiss Inn Hotel, Sungai Petani, 2016)

  14. Facilitator, The 1st Kedah International English in Camp, JPN Kedah/MOE (2017)

  15. Chaperon, The 1st International English Integration Camp, Satun Primary Educational Service Area Office, Thailand (2017)

  16. Facilitator, The 2nd International English in Camp, MOE (2018)

  17. Head of the Technical Team, Kedah State Level English Drama Competition, JPN Kedah (2009 - present)

  18. Head of Technical and Adjudication Committee for Co-academic English Competitions, PPD Kulim Bandar Baharu (2015 - present)

  19. Committee Member, Kedah Co-Academic English Competitions, JPN Kedah (2009 - present)

  20. Judges of various co-academic English competitions in Kedah, JPN Kedah (1999 - present)

  21. Head of Technical and Adjudication Committee for Co-Academic English Competitions, JPN Kedah (2019 - )

PAPERS PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL ESL CONFERENCES

  1. “Characteristics of Reflective Practice among ESL Teachers” presented at The 6th Malaysia International  Conference for English Language Teaching 2006 (MICELT 2006), Equatorial Hotel, Malacca

  2. “Promoting Language Accuracy in Writing through Oral Composition” presented at The Science and Art of Language in Teaching International Conference 2006 (SALT 2006), Bayview Beach Resort, Penang

  3. “Images of Professional Development among ESL Teachers” presented at The 5th ASIA TEFL International Conference 2007, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

  4. “Developing Writing Skills among the Lower-Intermediate ESL Learners: What is the ‘Right’ Method or Approach?” presented at The 17th MELTA International Conference 2008, The Gurney Hotel, Penang

  5.  “Slow  Or  Sluggish?   Enriching Adjectives in Narrative Essays through VENESSA” presented at UPALS ICL An International Conference on Languages 2009, Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang

  6. “Learning Anxiety  in the EFL Writing Classrooms:  Voices of Malaysian Learners“ presented at International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Culture (ICLLIC) 2010, Eastin Hotel, Penang

  7. “CO.P: An Intervention Strategy to Motivate Weak and Reluctant ESL Writers” presented at  The 5th International English Language Teaching Conference 2011 (iELT-Con 2011), Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang

  8. “The Implementation of i-Yahoo in the Pre-Task Phase of a Task-Based ESL Writing Lesson” presented at The 21st MELTA International Conference 2012 Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

  9. “Enhancing the Development of Supporting Ideas and Details in Essays through Task-Based Language Teaching” presented at The 6th International English Language Teaching Conference 2013 (iELT-Con 2013), Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang

  10. “Developing Weak ESL Learners’ Confidence to Write Compositions through Task-Based Language Teaching Strategy: MyMy-Q” presented at The 10th Malaysia International Conference on English Language Teaching Conference 2014 (MICELT 2014), Palace of Golden Horses Hotel, Seri Kembangan, Selangor

  11. “Advocating Humanistic Language Teaching in ESL Writing Classrooms” presented at The 7th International English Language Teaching Conference 2015 (iELT-Con 2015), Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang

  12. “The Efficacy of Cooperative Learning in the Teaching of Literature among Average ESL Learners” presented at Malaysian International Conference on Languages, Literature and Cultures 2016 (MICOLLAC 2016), Rainbow Paradise Resort, Penang

  13. “Upholding 4Cs in the Teaching of the Novel Dear Mr. Kilmer” presented at The 8th International English Language Teaching Conference 2017 (iELT-Con 2017), Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang

  14. "Nurturing the Super Skills of the 21st Century through Cooperative Learning Strategies" presented at the 1st ASEAN ELT International Conference 2018, Equatorial Hotel, Melaka (2018)

INNOVATIONS IN ESL CLASSROOMS

  1. DrillCo (Drilling in Composition) (1999) [Issue: Potential A students lack varied sentence structures in writing]

  2. SAREAP (Self-Access Reading Programme) (2000) [Issue: Pre-university students lack ideas in writing]

  3. The Basic 600 (2001) [Issue: Weak students lack vocabulary]

  4. Vocabulary Appetizers (2002) [Issue: Weak students have limited vocabulary]

  5. Synonyms Strike (2003) [Issue: Potential A students lack merits in writing]

  6. Oral Composition (2005) [Issue: Teaching writing in a fun way]

  7. Sentence 1,2,3 (Form 1 – Form 3) (2007) [Issue: Students’ language accuracy is bad – they are able to write essays but errors are very evident]

  8. FoGI (Focused Grammar Instruction) (2008) [Issue: Students’ language accuracy is bad – they are able to write essays but errors are very evident]

  9. VOCEP (Vocabulary Enrichment Programme) Form 1 – Form 5  (2009) [Issue: Potential A students need to enrich their vocabulary]

  10. VENESSA  Version 2 (Vocabulary Enrichment in Narrative Essays) (2010) [Issue: Potential A students only use common adjectives in their essays]

  11. DIVER FORMS (Different Verb Forms) (Form 1 – Form 5) (2010) [Issue: There are errors in tenses in students’ writing]

  12. MyMy-Q (2011) [Issue: Weak students refuse to write essays]

  13. KONA  (2011) [Issue: Weak students always claim they have ideas but unable to write sentences in English]

  14. GORENG (2011) [Issue: Weak students claim they do not know how to elaborate or they write very little]

  15. CoCo (Construction in Continuity) (Form 1 – Form 3)  (2011) [Issue: Students lack writing practices]

  16. e-Pron (Enriching Personal Response on the Novel) (2012) 42211 (2012) [Issue: Students do not know how to give personal responses based on the novel read]

  17. GS4GS (Great Stories for Great Score)  (2013) [Issue: Potential A and A+ students lack interesting ideas for narrative essays]

  18. METIIC (Merit Enrichment through Idioms in Composition)  (2013) [Issue: Potential A students do not know how to use idiomatic expressions in their writing]

  19. S-Code (Structured Content and Details) (2014) [Issue: Students do not know how to elaborate ideas in Directed Writing]

  20. FOPAW (Focused Paragraph Writing)  (2014) [Issue: Students still have problems with language accuracy]

  21. SSAT (Self-Access Speaking Toolkit) (2014) [Issue: PT3 students lack ideas for speaking tasks]

  22. e-SUN (Enriching Students’ Understanding of the Novel)  (2014) [Issue: Students do not know how to give personal responses based on the novel read]

  23. My VJ (My Views and Justifications)  (2015) [Issue: Students lack confidence to communicate in English]

  24. MASE (Mass Spoken English)  (2015) [Issue: Students lack confidence to communicate in English]

  25. 7-My (Preparing 7 Personal Paragraphs) (2015) [Issue: Weak students do not know what to write for continuous essays]

  26. LISAS (List, Select, Arrange & Support) (2015) [Issue: Students’ essays for SPM are off-tangent]

  27. e-VOLTS (Enrichment of Vocabulary on Long Term Scheme) (2015) [Issue: Students need a systematic way of enriching their vocabulary on long term basis]

  28. Minimum Scores (2015) [Issue: Students set a targeted mark or grade but they do not know the minimum mark they need to score in each section]

  29. Paragraph Writing Scheme (PAWS) (2015) [Issue: Potential A and B students still have frequent grammar errors when they write]

  30. Homework: 100 sentences (2016) [Issue: Students should not stop writing especially during long school holidays – at least they write sentences but on ongoing basis]

  31. Novel Marathon: Dear Mr Kilmer (2016) [Issue: Students have problems relating actions done characters or events to themes and moral lessons]

  32. GS4GS (Great Stories for Great Score) Vol. 2 (2016) [Issue: Potential A and A+ students lack interesting ideas for narrative essays]

  33. Novel Marathon: Dear Mr Kilmer Version 2  (2017) [Issue: Weak students have problems reading and understanding the SPM novel (Dear Mr Kilmer)]

  34. e-SIDE (Engagement in Simple Dialogues of English)  (2017) [Issue: HIP – to encourage students to use simple communicative English]

  35. e-VOLTS POP (Enrichment of Vocabulary on Long Term Scheme: Power of Parents) (2018) [Issue: Students need a systematic way of enriching their vocabulary on long term basis with close supervison by and continuous support from their parents]

  36. SCOPE-Q (SPM Continuous Writing: Analysis of Past Examination Questions) (2018) [Issue: Besides having language problems, some students also have critical problems regarding ideas or content for their essays. SCOPE-Q has categorised past SPM CW questions into several categories and also offers very useful tips in term of content for CW)

  37. COLA (Communicative Language Activities) Module (2018) [Issue: Average and weak learners lack confidence to take part in communicative language activities. This COLA Module offers 50 activities which promote confidence to communicate as well as the development of 4Cs]

  38. HIP ReST (Highly Immersive Programme: Read, Share & Tell) (2019) [Issue: Some non-English teachers have problems to conduct activities in English to support the implementation of HIP in school. HIP ReST offers them a very practical way to contribute to HIP even if their command of English is poor.]

  39. KC (Keywords and Columns) (2019) [Issue: Continuous Writing questions have at least 2 parts which some students fail to fulfil. KC can ensure all the parts or requirements are fulfilled.]

  40. LDP VSS C (2019) [Issue: Some SPM candidates do not know how to paraphrase or rewrite the summary points using their own words. LDP VSS C is a tool that offers 7 ways or strategies to paraphrase the summary content points]

  41. OCPD (2019) [Issue: Many SPM candidates have problems with the content of their Continuous Essays. Some of their ideas are irrelevant, unconvincing and uninteresting. OCPD can guide the students to improve the quality of their ideas in essay writing.]

 

AWARDS / RECOGNITION

 

 

  1. Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (2000)

  2. Anugerah Guru Inovatif (Individu) Daerah Kulim Bandar Baharu (2003)

  3. Anugerah Guru Inovatif (Individu) Daerah Kulim Bandar Baharu (2007)

  4. Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (2007)

  5. Basil Wijasuriya Award (pembentang terbaik di Persidangan MELTA) (2008)

  6. Anugerah Khas Penglibatan Menyeluruh, SMK Kulim (2009)

  7. Anugerah Khas Guru Akademik Daerah Kulim Bandar Baharu District (2012)

  8. Anugerah Khas Guru Ko-akademik Daerah Kulim Bandar Baharu (2013)

  9. Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (2013)

  10. Anugerah Khas Guru Akademik Daerah Kulim Bandar Baharu District (2015)

  11. Anugerah Khas Jasamu Dikenang, SMK Kulim (2017)

  12. Anugerah Kehadiran Penuh Bertugas, SMK Taman Mutiara (2017)

  13. Anugerah Etika Pengurusan Masa, SMK Taman Mutiara (2017)

 

OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

1. President of Darul Aman English Language Learning and Teaching Association (DELTA), 2019/2020 Session

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