THE first batch of the English Teaching Apprenticeship Programme has left to their countries of assignment where they will begin their 10-month mentor teaching placement.
This teaching internship in Lao PDR and Cambodia follows a 12-week intensive English Language training by teacher-trainers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) the East-West Centre, Hawaii Pacific University, and University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
The first group of apprentices left for Vientiane, Lao PDR on December 27, followed by the second group to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 30.
While in Lao PDR and Cambodia, the apprentices will be teaching English to Year 4 students at selected primary schools in and around the capital cities of Vientiane and Phnom Penh.
In addition to their teaching assignments, the apprentices will also be organising and conducting activities on English Language learning with the local communities, as well as assisting the fellows from the English as a Foreign Language Fellowship programme in carrying out community outreach work.
The English Teaching Apprenticeship Programme is the eighth and newest initiative under the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for Asean.
With the main objective of promoting the sustainability of the Brunei-US venture, this programme seeks to widen employment opportunities of local graduates through equipping and enhancing employability attributes and attitudes.
Launched on September 18 in UBD by Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, this programme also includes an element of entrepreneurship which hopes to inculcate business acumen and enhance creativity in the apprentices.