April 7, 2014, by educationguestblog
‘Teaching the teachers of tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur’
This blog was written by Dr Len Newton, Director of UG programmes, PGCEi Tutor, School of Education
I’m excited! Over the last few weeks I have been reconnecting with the School of Ed’s PGCE International course (PGCEi), which I last taught in Lagos, Nigeria, in early 2009. Since then, this course, which offers experienced international school teachers a 60 credit maters level award, has blossomed and is being taught across the world. I’m travelling to Malaysia over Easter to teach the next cohort of students in Kuala Lumpur, hence the KL5 cohort! It’s a while since I last visited KL – 2006, I think; so it will be good to return.
While I have been re-familiarising myself with the course content my academic and admin colleagues have been getting things ready for the new starters. The new student group has started to populate the course Moodle page with their autobiographies, so I am already getting to know the group before we meet face to face on 21st April. I can see we have an interesting, diverse and experienced group to work with! That means I’ll learn from them as they learn from working with me and my colleagues; that’s what I find exciting about teaching students working in overseas contexts.
So, there you go; this is my pre-blog blog over a week’s introductory course to the PGCEi KL5 cohort. I’ll post again once I have arrived in KL. Meantime, I’m packing a hat, plenty of sunscreen and an umbrella: it was 33C and stormy in KL yesterday!!
Sunday 20 April 1745 Malaysia time
Well, the teaching team has just had a briefing discussion about the timetable and resources for this week’s teaching. Everything is ready and we are ‘good to go’ in the morning. We expect 33 students to be starting with us tomorrow and they are coming from various places in SE Asia; it will good to put faces and names together!
Spent some time today reading and checking mails from the UK. But I did find some time to do a bit of local shopping at Central Market and, very bravely, navigated the public transport system to do so (I was dodging the storms!)