A University and School Collaboration in Learning: A Foster-school Program at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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
Dr Mariam Mohamed Nor
Head of Laguage Department, Department of English Language
Abdul Halim Ibrahim
Senior Lecturer, English Language Department