300 Fulbright Scholars To Teach In M’sia

WASHINGTON: About 300 Fulbright scholars from the United States will teach English at selected Malaysian schools starting next year, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said at the outset 50 volunteers under the Fulbright programme would start teaching early next year.

“Learning English will be done in an innovative and exciting way under the programme.

“We want learning English to be fun by improving existing programmes to motivate students to speak and interact in English,” he told Malaysian journalists covering his four-day working visit to Washington, today.

The White House had initially agreed to send teachers to teach English under the Peace Corps programme following a request made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to President Barack Obama during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September last year.

Muhyiddin said he followed-up the matter by holding many discussions at the ministerial level and following his meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Kuala Lumpur and Washington, it was decided the White House would send English teachers under the Fulbright programme instead of the Peace Corps.

“The adoption of the Fulbright programme will not change the school timetable.

“Instead more innovative ways of teaching will be introduced by capitalising on the existing timetable,” he said, adding that the ministry would select schools which would benefit from the programme.

Muhyiddin said before the English teachers were posted to the selected schools, they would undergo an orientation programme for several weeks to acquaint them with local culture and customs.

He said there was no need to study the effectiveness of the pilot project before implementing it as Terengganu had taken its own initiative to adopt the Fulbright programme.

“From feedback received, it had received an overwhelming response from Terengganu students, who had greatly improved their command of English and are eager to learn and interact in English,” he said.

Muhyiddin said although the programme was sponsored by the U.S. government by enlisting volunteers to teach English in foreign countries, the Malaysian government decided to bear part of the cost such as accommodation.

by Leslean Arshad.

BERNAMA.

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