Keynote Speakers  




Associate Professor
Ambigapathy Pandian
Sachithanantham Tachina Moorthi,
School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

TOPIC:   Literacy Behaviour: A Study Among Trainee-teachers in Teacher-training Colleges in Malaysia

Traditionally, when print discourses were dominant, literacy studies focused on reading and writing. Today, print exists alongside a plethora of other media. We need to develop peoples' 'multiliteracies' so that all can be successful and powerful participants in society (New London Group, 1996). Teachers should understand the critical role they play in the education of young people. Informing students with multiple literacies is ultimately the responsibility of teachers. In order to do that, teachers themselves should keep informed. Teachers' literacy behaviour (which includes the teachers engagement in print, especially materials related to their professional development and other forms of communication like internet and multimedia) will influence their students' literacy behaviour. This literacy behaviour (being informed) will contribute to their ability in producing educated and informed citizens. In order to understand the literacy behaviour, we decided to carry out a study (May 2000) among a group of Malaysian trainee teachers. The study was on trainee teachers rather than practicing teachers because literacy behaviour in teacher training colleges will influence their behaviour as practitioners upon graduation. Furthermore, the findings of the study can also provide suggestions to teacher training colleges on the type of literacies that can be stressed for the would-be teachers of the 21st century.

Brief Biography

Dr. Ambigapathy Pandian is an Associate Professor and head of the literacy project at the school of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. Dr. Pandian has researched and published widely on English and literacy in Malaysia. Currently he's working on a research project with researchers from RMIT Australia. He is a serving member of the Penang Education Consultative Council.

3.30-5.00pm SATURDAY 8th JULY 2000


  • Assoc. Professor Ambigapathy Pandian, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, Literacy Behaviour.
  • Professor Robin Usher, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia