THE LAUNCHING OF ASSOCIATION OF SPANISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA (APELEM)
The Association of Spanish Language Teachers and Students in Malaysia (APELEM) was officially established in 2016 with Dr. Rozita Che Omar as the first president with the help of six high committee members. The purpose of the establishment is to promote close relations between Spanish instructors and students in Malaysia. The association also includes native Spanish teachers in an effort to encourage teachers and lecturers to conduct research and publications and share knowledge on Spanish language teaching and learning in the country.
The launching ceremony was officiated by Deputy Minister of Education I, YB Dato' P. Kamalanathan a/l P. Panchanathan and attended by the Spanish Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E Carlos Domínguez Díaz. In addition, the event was also attended by ambassadors of Spanish speaking countries in Malaysia namely Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, and Colombia.
University of Malaya itself has been offering Spanish Language and Linguistics Bachelor programs since 1998 and has produced many graduates working in various fields within and out of the country. The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics has established partnership with Universities Jaume I, Valencia, Spain and Universidad de La Rioja, Spain. Now, the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics is planning to collaborate with universities in Spain to offer bachelor's degree twinning programs. Looking at these developments, the association hopes that Spanish language will be introduced to schools in Malaysia.