How to Become a Professional Malay Tutor – Elmi Zulkarnain, PhD

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A professional Malay language tutor is defined as a tuition teacher who has the skills and abilities to teach the Malay language. The professional Malay tutor is an effective teacher who has the power of knowledge, master the subjects taught and cares about his / her students and subsequently to produce good academic results.

The Malay tutor should be competent and committed in personal development, teaching implementation, curriculum design and the mastery of Bahasa Melayu.  All of these are in line with Tucman’s (1995) view that the teacher’s professional component lies in the competence of teachers in terms of attitudes and beliefs, the efficacy of teaching behaviour, and knowledge of the subject. While Brown (1994) touches on aspects of subject matter knowledge, pedagogical skills, interpersonal skills, and personal qualities.

The characteristics of a professional Malay tutor are those who have been trained in courses in the field of which it is acquired. Professional Malay language tutors in Singapore should have a certified certificate of professional training such as Diploma in Education or Post Graduate Diploma in Education from National Institute of Education (NIE). This certificate is not just another piece of paper but a documentary proof of the willingness to provide high quality and reliable service to the students.

A Malay tuition teacher who acquires professional skills is a teacher who is competent to carry out his or her duties and has an in-depth knowledge of the subjects he or she teaches. Besides that, a Malay tutor should also have a good personal skill in character development and be dedicated to his or her duties as a Malay language tutor.

Malay language tutors should also be the catalyst to develop analytical, critical and creative thinking skills in order to shape individuals who can adapt to the changes that occur around them. Therefore, good Malay language tutors should master the latest skills and knowledge to carry out their duties. Thus, Malay tutors need to improve their own professionalism. Self-professionalism is a result of a process of professional thinking and action in lifelong learning. It is a process where tutors review, renew and extend their commitment as agents of change to teaching objectives; they master and develop the critical knowledge, skills and the variety of intelligence needed in teaching their students.

In conclusion, a professional Bahasa Melayu tutor should be a lifelong learner and continue to learn, unlearn and relearn. Excellent Malay tutors should keep themselves updated on the education landscape, the latest teaching-learning methods, the latest teaching techniques, the innovation and the use of ICT in education.

This article is contributed by Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman.

Dr Elmi Zulkarnain is the CEO of Elemantra Consultancy (Singapore) and the Principal Academic Director of Elemantra Academy. Dr Elmi received many awards and recognitions throughout his career in the Singapore Government service such as the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA), Anugerah Guru Arif Budiman (AGAB), Lenovo Innovation Award, Outstanding Contribution Award for Staff (OCAS), Excellent Service Award (Star) and the People’s Association (PA) Merit Award.

Dr Elmi is also a leading motivational speaker in Singapore who is often invited to speak to various youth groups and student organisations such as Youth Corps Singapore, PSB Academy and many more.