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Teaching Children in Schools in Malaysia


I feel the placement has prepared me for university life. I have gained confidence and the ability to address a large group. My teaching experience will help me further my own education and the teaching methods I learnt are likely to help me in whichever career I choose in the future.

It was sad to leave, I wish I had more time to spend there. It was a great experience and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Teaching was great as the children were so sweet and genuinely seemed enthusiastic to learn, even if they seem like they haven’t taken much in, you being there helps. On the last day my class told me how much my teaching helped (some were crying which was very flattering).

All the activities I’ve done: Staying in a long house with a local tribe, visiting and trekking in the jungle, white water rafting, has all been such a great experience and the people I met were all so friendly!

I would definitely recommend this placement to other people who wanted to experience a different culture. The people make everything so easy - with their open, friendly outlook you feel really welcome. This placement would also be useful to aspiring teachers - making yourself understood so the kids enjoy and take in what you’re saying can be difficult! I think this placement would suit anyone who is adaptable and up for a bit of a challenge. The abilities vary in each class and some children hardly speak a word of English. This can sometimes make lessons difficult so being confident and creative is important. Often there would be changes to class times and we wouldn’t be told and so being adaptable is important.

Thanks for everything! I had a great time!

Can you describe a typical day?

We got up at about 6.00 a.m. in the morning in time for breakfast at the canteen. The food is generally really good though sometimes they tried to give us western food which was slightly odd (chips for breakfast!)

Lessons are in the morning. I had four lessons a week, the Friday one being a double. Usually we all went back for a nap before class! Classes are generally between 7:30am and 12:30am. I teach form one (year 7) maths.

About one we have lunch and then in the afternoon I’d chat to students or go back to the house and watch TV.

Dinner was at 6.00 pm but sometimes we’d go to Andrew’s family for ‘Happy Hour’ where everyone gets together and brings food to eat together. Occasionally there are events in the evenings like 60’s evening. We usually went to bed around 10.00-11.00 pm.

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