Country:  Malaysia
City: Sabah

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories. Malaysia was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, who left a lasting legacy. Today, Malaysia is a multicultural melting-pot of races and religions, where Malays, Indians, Chinese, and many other ethnic groups live and work together.

Malaysia is a land of extreme contrasts. Skyscrapers look down upon wooden “kampong” houses built on stilts. Five-star hotels sit just meters away from ancient reefs. Cool highland areas roll down to warm, sandy beaches and humid mangroves.

In Malaysia, most institutions of higher education are located in prime areas surrounded by amenities necessary to one’s well-being. These encompass public transportation, restaurants, banks, clinics, bookshops, convenience stores, and shopping malls.

Sabah, negeri di bawah bayu means “Sabah, land below the wind.” Sabah has this name because it is located just below the typhoon-prone region of the Philippines. Most of Sabah’s people are non-Malay in origin and come from China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, or other parts of South Asia. Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, is situated in Sabah. The region is known for protected species, including the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the orangutan, the mousedeer, the flying squirrel, and the barking deer. Considered a “botanical heaven,” it contains some of the rarest plants on earth, such as the smelly Rafflesia.

Host Institution: Universiti Teknologi MARA Sabah

In 1973, ITM Sabah was established with support from the Sabah Foundation and the state government. The university is now known as Universiti Teknologi MARA Sabah or UiTM Sabah. It is the largest public university in Malaysia with 13 state campuses and 21 satellite campuses. 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 social agenda.

The Fellow will be hosted by the Faculty of Education. The faculty comprises four main programs: TESL, Science Education, Sports Education, and Arts Education. Its mission is to produce competent, knowledgeable educators with a strong understanding of the fundamentals of teaching and learning in their respective fields.

The TESL Foundation Program prepares students for entry into relevant degree programs at local public institutions of higher learning. The program focuses on mastery of the four language skills, grammar, and other subjects.

The B. Ed. TESL (Hons.) Program is designed to produce knowledgeable, qualified teachers. The program is structured around various areas of education, competence in the English language, and current methods of teaching and learning. The Faculty of Education has offered the B. Ed. TESL Program since 1997. Graduates are highly sought after in both public and private schools and other English language-related fields such as broadcasting, journalism, editing, and translation.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will teach the undergraduate English for Oral Presentation course and will conduct/grade all assessments according to the syllabus.
  • The Fellow will teach the Integrated Language Skills course for diploma students and will conduct/grade all assessments according to the syllabus.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Conduct or facilitate workshops, presentations, and other activities to develop in-service and pre-service teachers’ English communication skills and pedagogical competence
  • Conduct English training for academic faculty via short courses
  • Share expertise and knowledge with university teaching staff

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