On 5 January, 75 new English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) arrived in Kuala Lumpur to begin their 10-month grants to assist Malaysian English teachers in Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, and Perak. The ETAs received three weeks of orientation and cultural briefings in Kuala Lumpur.
Afterwards they departed to their states for an additional week of orientation facilitated by the state governments.Their orientation programme included a courtesy call from the US Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul Jones. Ambassador Jones delivered brief remarks to the ETAs about the history of the ETA programme and its importance to US-Malaysia relations. He joined the ETAs and several diplomatic officers from the Embassy for lunch.
|2013 ETAs with the US Ambassador to Malaysia|
U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul W. Jones said, “I’m proud to welcome 75 talented young Americans who will dedicate themselves to helping teach English in schools throughout Terengganu, Johor, Pahang and Perak. This successful, growing program is a direct result of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s commitment to expand people-to-people exchanges and strengthen educational ties. This year’s expansion of our English teaching partnership coincides with the 50th anniversary of MACEE and of Fulbright educational exchanges in Malaysia, which has brought Malaysians and Americans together across cultural and linguistic barriers.”
The ETA orientation programme includes teacher training, Bahasa Malaysia instruction, cultural adaptation training, and briefings by former ETAs. In their free time, the ETAs explored Kuala Lumpur. They participated in a photographic scavenger hunt that took them to key sites throughout the city.
|ETAs explore Kuala Lumpur|
Throughout the year, this ETA program blog will feature updates about ETA events and guest entries written by the ETAs themselves.
See the Embassy’s press release on the Ambassador’s visit here.