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Prof Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam's Noteworthy Achievements

AUGUST 6, 2021 – Last month, from the 27th to the 29th, there was a national Malay language convention. It was called the ‘Konvensyen Bahasa Melayu Peringkat Kebangsaan,’ and an Indian professor from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam, managed to win three gold medals and five bronze medals.

This happy news was announced on the official Facebook page of Fakulti Bahasa Moden Dan Komunikasi UPM. The comment box, on the other hand, was flooded with appreciation and recognition for her talent.

In the spirit of recognition, here are a few facts about the woman who received those medals. Vijayaletchumy earned a Degree in Malay Language and Linguistics from UPM in 1998. Later, she pursued her postgraduate studies, earning a Masters in Malay Language in Computer Science (2000) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the same field in 2004. She later worked as a Professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM.

She has contributed immensely through her linguistic knowledge in a variety of ways, including the publication of nearly ten books that help children better understand the language, with a few of her books primarily aimed at children with dyslexia. If you are unfamiliar with the term, dyslexia is a learning disorder characterised by difficulties identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.

She has also spoken at numerous conferences and seminars and written a number of articles.
On the sports front, Vijayaletchumy participated in 162 sports competitions at the national and international levels between 2004 and 2014. She has won 26 sports awards. She was also named a “Olahragawati Kebangsaan” , the National Sportswoman by the Malaysian Olympic Council in 2009, receiving the 7th Malaysian Olympic Council Women’s and Sports Award. It is an honour to highlight her accomplishments and victories right now. Congratulations to the deserving lady, Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam, on her accomplishments!

Sumber:- Varnam Malaysia, BY LATHA MANGESHKAR

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Learn, Not Memorize the Language: Says This Award-Winning Malay Language Professor

AUGUST 11, 2021 – “Language has to be learned, not memorized.”
So says Professor Dr Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam from the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Memorizing a language, and not knowing the logical reasons behind the use of a phrase is the key reason many students fail to grasp Bahasa Melayu even in their secondary education years, she told Astro Ulagam in a recent interview.

When it comes from Vijayaletchumy, you can help but take her words seriously, as she has won multiple awards in the field of Malay language education in her 25 years of teaching in UPM.

She also holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in the same field from the same university, and her current specialization is in psycholinguistics – the field of study in which researchers investigate the psychological processes involved in the use of language, including language comprehension, language production, and first and second language acquisition.

“Part of the reason many students are weak in Bahasa Melayu are students are currently taught to learn to memorize the language. For instance, the use of ‘ialah’ and ‘adalah’. Many people know they are two similar but different words, but they don’t know how to use the words, and in what context.

“They (the students) should be taught to know the reason behind using such words. This is why I believe that Bahasa Melayu should be learned, not memorized,” said the 53-year-old, adding that the concept applies to any other language as well.

To overcome this problem, a more holistic approach should be adopted, she added.
Multiple Award-Winning Academician

Vijayaletchumy, who hails from Selangor, recently added six more awards to her already impressive resume, at two local and international competitions. She won two golds, and a silver at the “Konvensyen Bahasa Melayu 2021” organised by Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Melayu and Ministry of Education, in June, and took home a special award (which is equivalent to gold), a gold, and a bronze at the International Science and Social Science Innovation Competition organised by Academic International Dialogue (AID Malaysia) in May. The accolades were for her three Malay language teaching inventions, namely ‘Set Efektif Pembelajaran Asas Bahasa Melayu’, ‘Kit Inovasi Berimbuhan PAK21’ and ‘Teknik Dadu Gergasi Imbuhan Bahasa Melayu’

On top of her impressive awards, Vijayaletchumy also runs a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Thulir Malaysia, which aims to improve the mastery of Bahasa Melayu among Tamil school students. The NGO Tulir conducts free classes every Saturday for students ranging from those doing her doctorates, Master’s study or even still in school. Vijayaletchumy has also sealed an agreement for Tulir to liaise with UPM to give the former more credibility and reach in its public outreach programmes.

“Tulir is a platform for sharing knowledge and innovation with the public. The NGO has organized more than 70 programmes since its inception in 2015,” she said. Vijayaletchumy has written close to ten books to help children better understand the Malay language, with her primary focus being on children with dyslexia – a learning disorder that causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing. The Tamil-educated professor is also an avid sportsperson. She had taken part in 162 local and international sport events between 2004 and 2014, and won 26 awards. In addition, she also won the Malaysian Olympic Council Women and Sports Award (MOM) 2012, among others.
Very impressive achievements indeed. Here’s wishing the professor the very best in the future, and may her expertise shed light in more lives in the days to come.

Sumber:- Astro Ulagam 

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The Linguistics Professor Who Has Won Numerous Awards In Teaching The Malay Language

AUGUST 26, 2021 – Most Malaysians are known to speak more than one languages and it’s something that we’re very proud of. But when it comes to linguistics, one of the unsung heroes in RAAGA’s DIGIyin Saathanai Hero-kkal campaign has contributed her skills and knowledge in the field tremendously.

Prof. Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam is an inspiring woman in education. She’s a passionate Malay language researcher and currently works as lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication.

Recently, she won awards—two gold and a bronze—at the Konvensyen Bahasa Melayu 2021, which was organised by Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Melayu and the Ministry of Education.

 These prestigious awards recognised her new innovations in teaching the Malay language, such as ‘Set Efektif Pembelajaran Asas Bahasa Melayu’, ‘Kit Inovasi Berimbuhan PAK21’ and ‘Teknik Dadu Gergasi Imbuhan Bahasa Melayu’.

The faculty at UPM was happy to announce Dr. Vijayaletchumy’s noteworthy achievement, which drew multiple praises and recognition for her success.

In addition to that, she has also participated in numerous local and international competitions, including the International Science and Social Science Innovation Competition organised by Academic International Dialogue (AID Malaysia), in which she bagged a special award, gold award, and silver award!

Let’s get to know Dr. Vijayaletchumy better

In 1998, she graduated from UPM with a degree in Malay Language and Linguistics. She then went on to pursue her postgraduate studies and received a Master’s in Malay Language in 2000 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the same field in 2004.

After spending a few more years to further her studies, she decided to remain in education by working as a Professor in UPM.

With more than two decades of experience, Dr. Vijayaletchumy not only contributed her knowledge by teaching and lecturing; she also published about 10 children’s books to help them understand the language better.

In fact, some of her published works are dedicated exclusively to children with dyslexia! In case you didn’t know, dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing, and spelling. It’s specific to certain abilities used for learning, like reading and writing. However, it isn’t related to intelligence.

More than that, she has also spoken publicly at many conferences and seminars, and published a number of articles.

Now, here’s a fun fact! Education isn’t Dr. Vijayaletchumy’s only passion because she’s also an avid sportswoman! In just 10 years, she has participated in 162 sports competitions across the national and international stages between 2004 and 2014.

Among those sports tournaments, she won 26 sports awards and was named ‘Olahragawati Kebangsaan’ or National Sportswoman by the Malaysian Olympic Council in 2009, leading her to receive the 7th Malaysian Olympic Council Women’s and Sports Award. What an inspiring journey!

Over the past 24 years, Dr. Vijayaletchumy wishes to continue her effort in spreading awareness, enlightening and enhancing the national language among Malaysians, especially teachers and students.

Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam on your amazing accomplishments! We look forward to seeing more innovations in school teachings in the near future.

Sumber:- Raaga

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Rancangan Bicara Karyawan: Buku Panduan Imbuhan Awalan Kata Kerja

Sumber:- Studio Siaran Langsung Media Sosial DBP Malaysia
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‘Transform our grads’

 September 5, 2021 – LEARNING and producing new inventions is vital in an ever-evolving education landscape.

Award-winning lecturer-cum-researcher Prof Dr Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam said the impact of an innovation developed through research is important because new innovations and inventions are a must in today’s education.

Through her unique inventions, the academic from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication has won six awards – two gold and a bronze at the Konvensyen Bahasa Melayu 2021, as well as a gold, a silver and a special award at the International Science and Social Science Innovation Competition 2021.

These inventions are the Set Efektif Pembelajaran Asas Bahasa Melayu, Kit Inovasi Kata Berimbuhan PAK21 and Teknik Dadu Gergasi Imbuhan Bahasa Melayu.

Winning these with her postgraduate students, she told StarEdu, was a proud and rewarding moment for her.

“Participating in innovation-based competitions is not mandatory for academicians, but it is crucial for a researcher.

“These exhibitions and competitions are to showcase and publicise our new innovations to further help the community, particularly teachers who teach Bahasa Melayu in schools.

“Winning these awards with postgraduate students under my supervision makes me proud because I have successfully passed on my interests, expertise and knowledge to them, and that is a bigger accomplishment to me,” she said.

Prof Vijayaletchumy added that she is driven to achieve more in the field of language acquisition and learning as it is her field of expertise, and also because she is aware of the importance of new inventions in teaching the Malay language.

Set Efektif Pembelajaran Asas Bahasa Melayu is a set of five books published by UPM Press to help teachers and students master the basics of the language, she explained.

“Kit Inovasi Kata Berimbuhan PAK21 is the result of two years of research. It is developed to help students master plural prefixes, suffixes and grammar of Bahasa Melayu. It is also developed in line with the aim of the Education Ministry’s 21st century learning emphasis.

“Teknik Dadu Gergasi Imbuhan Bahasa Melayu is an innovation to help educators facilitate the teaching of derived nouns to students,” she shared.

According to Prof Vijayaletchumy, one of her main focuses in her 24 years of teaching is the well-being and betterment of postgraduate students under her care.

It is important to always share your knowledge, expertise and skills with them, she advised fellow academics.

“This is so that both parties can benefit and work together to achieve bigger goals. It is a privilege to be able to pass on my knowledge and expertise to the younger generation.

“My hope to all academicians is that we transform our graduates and never only focus on bettering ourselves.

“Apart from meeting our key performance indicators and merits at the university, we need to focus on building graduates who are holistically talented and knowledgeable,” she added.

The Konvensyen Bahasa Melayu 2021 was organised by the Institutes of Teacher Education Bahasa Melayu campus and the Education Ministry from July 27 to 29, while the International Science and Social Science Innovation Competition 2021 was organised by the Academic International Dialogue on July 28, UPM said in a press release on Aug 11.

Sumber:- The Star, by SANDHYA MENON

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