City: Kota Kinabulu, Sabah State
Politically, Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories. Governance of the states is divided between federal and state governments, with the federal government having direct administration over the federal territories. Malaysia was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, who have all left a lasting legacy. Malaysia’s multiculturalism is underscored by it being a melting-pot of races and religions, where Malays, Indians, Chinese, and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Most people speak English, so communication won’t be a problem. Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. Eleven states and two federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form West Malaysia, which in turn is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia (which includes the two states, Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo, and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan). One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden “kampong” houses built on stilts, while five-star hotels sit just meters away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky, while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains that are teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm, and friendly – just like the weather.
Host Institution: Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah
University Teknologi MARA or UiTM is the largest public university in Malaysia with 13 state campuses and 21 satellite campuses throughout the nation. With a student population exceeding 150,000 and 4,000 academic and administrative staff, the university plays an instrumental role in achieving Malaysia’s economic and societal agenda. The host faculty, the Faculty of Education, UiTM, is located in Puncak Alam. The faculty has four main programs which are: TESL, Science Education, Sports Education, and Arts Education. Its mission is to produce educators who are knowledgeable and competent with a strong understanding of the fundamentals of teaching and learning in their respective fields. The Asasi TESL (TESL Foundation) Program is a preparatory program that prepares students for entry into relevant degree programs at the local Public Institutions of Higher Learning (IPTA). The program focuses on TESL components and promotes mastery of the language elements of writing, reading, listening, speaking, and grammar as well as other minor subjects such as computer literacy, Malaysian studies, English literature, and drama.
- The Fellow will teach an undergraduate course called English for Oral Presentation using the existing syllabus to carry out and grade assessments
- The Fellow will teach a course for diploma students called Integrated Language Skills using the existing syllabus to carry out and grade assessments.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Initiate, conduct, facilitate, and prepare workshops, presentations, and other activities for in-service and pre-service teachers to develop their English communication skills and pedagogical competence.
- Initiate, conduct, facilitate, and prepare workshops, presentations, and other activities for in-service and pre-service teachers to develop their English communication skills and pedagogical competence.• Conduct English training for academicians via short courses.