EAGER to pick up some useful teaching and mentoring skills, a group of 20 students from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Languages and Linguistics Department took part in the 2016 Fulbright Perak Peer Mentoring Programme.
Jointly organised by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (Macee), Perak Education Department and Kinta Selatan Education Office, the programme was aimed at improving the English language skills of Malaysian students and knowledge of the host country, the United States.
Apart from that, the programme also aimed to coach professional schoolteachers and undergraduates, who will graduate as schoolteachers, on techniques of effective and interactive English language teaching and learning.
Held at the Utar campus in Kampar, the programme was divided into two concurrent events, namely the “School Mentor Event” and “School Coordinator Event”.
Under the “School Mentor Event”, a total of 150 Form Four students from 15 schools in Perak worked in groups on a variety of activities designed to foster leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and facilitation skills, to which the Utar undergraduates also observed how these were carried out under the guidance of United States Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.
The “School Coordinator Event” saw schoolteachers and Utar undergraduates learning new strategies to increase student engagement both in classroom and extracurricular activities.