Living the Fulbright Journey

This video was produced by Ian Schoen, a Fulbright ETA from Pitzer College. Follow his journey as he travels from his home in San Francisco, CA to orientation in Kuala Lumpur.  Ian is now placed at SMK Nasiruddin Shah in the state of Terengganu and is looking forward to producing more videos as he continues his … Continue reading Living the Fulbright Journey

Flying Saucer Lessons: Teaching English and Ultimate Frisbee in Malaysia

Guest Article by Jonathan Christensen St. Olaf College Ultimate Frisbee, or just Ultimate, is a new sport still foreign to most Americans. In it, teams of seven compete on a football size field to move the frisbee, or disc, into the opposing team’s end zone. As a self-officiated sport, where the players are their own … Continue reading Flying Saucer Lessons: Teaching English and Ultimate Frisbee in Malaysia

Vegetarian in all the wrong places

Guest Article by Jacob Grubman University of Chicago ETA Jake Grubman keeps it classy while enjoying some roti The dish was piled high with rice, green beans, cucumber slices, finely chopped apple, fermented soy, and a generous splash of peanut sauce. Across the table sat another dish of steamed vegetables, along with the remainder of … Continue reading Vegetarian in all the wrong places

Draw Dance Revolution: Connecting with Malaysian Students Through the Arts

Guest Article by Tina Lee Seattle University SMK Anjung Batu Earth Day Mural. Completed in April 2012 Mersing, Johor is known as a sleepy beach town, however the students at SMK Anjung Batu have shown me that they are bright, creative and they love to dance!    I knew it would be challenging to communicate with … Continue reading Draw Dance Revolution: Connecting with Malaysian Students Through the Arts

I Love the Smell of English in the Morning

Guest Article by Owen Cortner New Mexico State University   “Ewww, smelly.” These were the first words uttered by Adam, a Standard 4 student from SK Cherok Paloh (SKCP), upon entering the gates of the farm of Dato’ Sri’ Muhammad Safian bin Ismail in Kampung Cherok Paloh. Located 30 kilometers south of Kuantan, Pahang, the … Continue reading I Love the Smell of English in the Morning

Becoming Cikgu Rachael

Guest Article by Rachael Chesley St. Mary's College of Notre Dame I pull into my school parking lot on my pink motor scooter while wearing a bright, floral baju kurung. The security guard smiles with a light wave and I shout, “Selamat Pagi!” As I pull carefully into “my spot” at the shaded corner of … Continue reading Becoming Cikgu Rachael

Of Superheroes and Principals

Guest Article by Shalene Gupta Johns Hopkins University ETA Shalene Gupta working with students “If your principal was a superhero what would he wear?” I say to a room full of a hundred students I have never met before. I’m leading a writing workshop on the informal essay. I’m on loan from my regular school … Continue reading Of Superheroes and Principals

Sharing Culture Through Sports

  Guest Article by Kate Wiley Scripps College   At the beginning of my Fulbright journey, back in October of 2011, I wracked my brain for a way to share American culture with my Malaysian students in a fun and meaningful way. It was suggested to me that I share uniquely American traditions or holidays, such … Continue reading Sharing Culture Through Sports

My, What Sharp Teeth You Have: An Underdog Story

Guest Article by Jordan Holliday University of Chicago "She's 29 year-old womaaan," the troubadour at center stage sang out, his head thrown back and eyes shut, as if in lamentation. "No man wants to take her as his wife, unless he wants a miserable life." The troubador, Fakril, paused for effect—the characters around him on … Continue reading My, What Sharp Teeth You Have: An Underdog Story

Guest Article: Teacher is an Angry Bird: Teaching Primary school in Malaysia

by Nazeeha Jawahir University of Kentucky Siti, Najwa, Anis, and Manisah live just a few hundred meters from the ocean, but they do not know how to swim. Like many students from my school, SK Seberang Takir, they had never even stepped foot inside a swimming pool before.  My time as an ETA has been … Continue reading Guest Article: Teacher is an Angry Bird: Teaching Primary school in Malaysia