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History


The idea of setting up a specialist English Language Institute was mooted by our former Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1981.

In 1996, the Minister of Education at the time, YB Dato' Seri Mohd Najib b. Tun Haji Abd Razak directed the Teacher Education Division (TED) to revive the idea of setting up a specialist English Language Institute.

A consultancy, funded by the British Government Overseas Development Agency, and managed in Malaysia by the British Council, was set up in January 1996 to look into the feasibility of establishing an English Language Institute in the country.

The Department for International Development, United Kingdom; The British Council and Oxford Brookes University reported in July 1998 that the establishment and development of an English Language Institute Malaysia by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia would be in line with the nation's aspiration to establish a world class education system which includes high quality teaching of English as an international language. Enhancement in English Language teaching would be an integral part of Malaysia's development as a major industrial and business economy, set in the then Prime Minister's, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Vision 2020.

The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) (originally known as the Malaysian English Language Teaching Centre (MELTC)) was approved by the Cabinet on 2 May, 2001. The name was subsequently changed to the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) in July 2002.

The institution was intended to function as a centre for innovation and research and development (R & D) in the teaching and learning of English. The institution was also tasked with the responsibility of setting standards and providing certification for English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals, in addition to providing expertise especially in the field of e-learning for ELT teacher education.

On 1 June 2002, the English Language Teaching Centre, Malaysia (ELTC) was established to undertake the specialist function of enhancing the teaching competencies of English language teachers. ELTC began its operations from its temporary premises at the International Languages Teacher Training Institute (IPBA), Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur.

A task force of ten senior lecturers, led by Dr Choong Kam Foong was entrusted with the responsibility of establishing the initial infrastructure facilities and professional direction of ELTC. From December 2002, ELTC operates as a structured institution with the appointments of the first Director, Dr Rabiah Ghani, Deputy Director, Dr Sofi bin Md Ali and eight heads of departments.


ELTC temporary campus at the International Languages Teacher Training Institute (IPBA), Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur

 
 
Director


Dr. Mohamed Bin Abu Bakar
02 Feb. 2015 - 29 Oct. 2017


Dr. Ranjit Singh Gill
14 Jul. 2011 - 29 Jan. 2015


Dr. Choong Kam Foong AMN
16 Feb. 2008 - 14 Jul. 2011


Dr. Zulmahari Bin Marawi @ Merawi
16 Dec. 2006 - 15 Feb. 2008


Dr. Rabiah Ghani AMN, KMN
01 Dec. 2002 - 06 Dec. 2006
 
Deputy Director


Pn. Zainab Binti Yusof
06 Apr. 2015 - 06 Dec. 2017


Dr. Mohamed Bin Abu Bakar
16 Aug. 2010 - 01 Feb. 2015


YM Cik Raja Azizah Hanim binti Raja Abdul Aziz
25 Feb. 2008 - 26 Mar. 2009


Dr. Choong Kam Foong
01 Dec. 2003 - 15 Feb. 2008


Dr. Mohd Sofi Bin Ali
01 Dec. 2002 - 30 Nov. 2003
 
A task force of ten senior lecturers, led by Dr Choong Kam Foong was entrusted with the responsibility of establishing the initial infrastructure facilities and professional direction of ELTC.