A University and School Collaboration in Learning: A Foster-school Program at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris

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This foster school program conducted at two schools, by the TESL Department of the Language Faculty at UPSI. The participants of the study comprised of ninety-three semester six undergraduates and one hundred and sixty school students. Data was compiled via classroom observations, interviews and reflections and then analyzed using descriptive analysis. The results of the study indicated that undergraduates perceived the foster program as an exhilarating experience that could prepare them for the practicum as well as an arena where they could pilot teaching and learning activities for their project work. The findings also indicated that school students had favorable perceptions towards the undergraduates’ coaching, especially in showing their concerns, readiness in teaching and the varieties of activities implemented and practiced. The study also found that undergraduates needed more guidance in terms of planning and preparation of lessons. Finally, this study had uncovered several problems faced by the undergraduates during their foster-school program, specifically in the teaching of thinking, reading and writing. The findings of this study will provide pertinent information on the effectiveness of the foster-school program for the undergraduates as well as the students at the schools.


Keywords: Community Work, Reading and Writing Skills
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Mariam Mohamed Nor

Head of Laguage Department, Department of English Language
Faculty of Languages, University Pendidikan Sulatn Idris

Tg Malim, Perak, Malaysia

The writer had her TESL training at Sultan Idris Training College in 1976, and in 1989 from the same college, she obtained her Diploma in TESL. Then, she pursued a TESL degree course at University Pertanian Malaysia in 1993, Master of Arts in English at The Malaysia National University in 1998, and her doctorate at the University of Malaya in 2005. Currently, she is a TESL lecturer and head of the English department, at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Abdul Halim Ibrahim

Senior Lecturer, English Language Department
Faculty of Languages, University Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Tg Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Abdul Halim Ibrahim has been teaching Enlish as a second language for about 30 years. His area of expertise is in second language aquisition and development and has conducted many studies especially on language development and reading skills among Malay learners. He also writes on pedagogical grammar, reading and writing skills. Currently he is teaching TESL at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Ref: L08P0159