Country:  Burma
City: Dawei

Dawei is the capital of the Tanintharyi Division, in southeastern Burma. This area was closed for tourism until early 2013 due to conflict in the region. Dawei is now getting a proposed special economic zone plus a deep sea port called the Dawei Port Project. It is undergoing construction with companies providing a road link to Thailand, port construction, and a rail connection with support from Italian and Thai companies.

The area produces rubber, dried fish, and teakwood. It also produces cashew nuts and betel nuts for export to China, India, and Thailand. Dawei is also well-known for its variety of tropical fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, mangosteens, and durian. Dawei has a tropical monsoon climate with a dry season from November to April. In the wet season, Dawei can get as much as 1,300 millimetres (51 inches) of precipitation per month. Burma is a country with many challenges; communications and power infrastructure are not reliable, and until recently, connectivity with the global financial system has been severely limited. While conditions are changing quickly, the Fellow should be prepared to thrive in a unique and, at times, logistically difficult operating environment. Flexibility has been crucial to the success of current fellows.

Host Institution: Dawei University

Dawei University is under the Ministry of Education. The university offers graduate, post-graduate diploma, and master’s degree programs in liberal arts and sciences disciplines. It is a co-educational institution which offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. It also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services. Thousands of students are accepted to this university annually. It offers both undergraduate and post-graduate courses on arts and sciences disciplines and awards BA, BSc, LLB, MA, and MSc Degrees. However, it does not offer any pre-service or in-service teacher training programs.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will work with the faculty of English in the area of pedagogy, syllabus design and improvement, and professional development.
  • The Fellow will teach English language courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Facilitate webinars and MOOCs.
  • Facilitate webinars and MOOCs.
  • Conduct teacher training for English Access Microscholarship Program teachers and/or engage with Access students.
  • Provide teacher training workshops and seminars for faculty at the host institute and in the region (i.e. Dawei Educational College, Myeik University, and Mawlamyine University). Possible topics for these workshops include Instructional Design, Lesson Planning, Teaching Methodology for a Student-Centered Classroom, and Curriculum Assessment. The Fellow will consult regularly with the Head of the English Department as the key leader in English language training at the host institute.

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