Saturday, May 23, 2009

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Links lead to more Malaysian students at the University

The Departments of Primary Education and English & Language Studies have been building on their successful working relationships with the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

In May, Richard Cullen, Head of English and Language Studies, received confirmation that a proposal for a twinning programme arrangement between the University and the Malaysian Ministry of Education had been accepted.

The new arrangement started in July and will run for five consecutive years. Each year, 50 students will participate in a BEd TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) pre-service programme. On successful completion, the students will be awarded a BEd TESL degree by Canterbury Christ Church.

Prospective secondary school English teachers will first take a two-year Foundation course at an Institute of Teacher Education in Kuala Lumpur. They will study with the Department of English and Language Studies for years 1-3 and then spend their final year at the Malaysian institute.

Richard received the official letter of award from the Minister of Education whilst he was at an international conference, "Strengthening Teacher Education", in Kuala Lumpur with Sue Kendall-Seatter, Head of Primary Education.

At the conference Sue was invited to contribute to the international roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities in teacher education in Malaysia. She said: "We drew on the experiences and insights gained from the successful primary teacher education programme which the department runs in collaboration with other UK and Australian universities. The seminar was an important opportunity to extend and enhance the University's profile in the country."

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