Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SMK Kijal:Fulbright Scholars to teach English in Terengganu

KUALA TERENGGANU: Fourteen Fulbright scholars from the United States are undergoing a two-week orientation programme here prior to being posted to selected schools in the state to help students master the English language.

The scholars, here under the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) programme established in 2006 between the state and the US Government through the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange, will teach for 10 months from Feb 1.

The scholars said the ETA programme was a great way to improve English communication among students.

Jeffery Bandler, 22, a graduate of Pitzer College, said he was excited by the prospect of helping the studentts.

“I will try to overcome every problem that arises in the rural areas and am aware of the difficulties that come with the task,” said the teacher from Oregon who will be placed at SMK Matang in Hulu Terengganu.

Elyse H. Akhbari, 23, a graduate of Denison University of Ohio who will be placed at SMK Mak Lagam in Kemaman, said she would do her best to make English an interesting subject.

Augsburg College graduate Kathryn R. Aulay, who hails from Minnesota, said it was no problem to teach English to students eager to learn the language.

She will be posted to SMK Kijal in Kemaman.