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A Visit to Assess English Language Education in Malaysia (January 6-13)

Dr. Davis reviews Secondary school textbooks. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Dr. Davis reviews Secondary school textbooks. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Dr. Davis observes a lesson on Poetry for students at a local Secondary School. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Dr. Davis observes a lesson on Poetry for students at a local Secondary School. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Program Branch Chief of ECA’s English Language Office of the State Department, Dr. Kay Davis, visited Malaysia from January 6-13. Dr Davis who is also the interim Regional English Language Officer (RELO) was in the country in support of English language program and outreach in Malaysia.  RELOs are U.S. State Department’s specialists who design and manage programs to promote English language learning and support the teaching of English in countries around the world.  RELOs also conduct needs assessments and provide guidance to embassies and host country officials on English as a Foreign Language and oversee the English Language Specialists and Fellows.

Dr. Davis’ visit was timely, as U.S Embassy Kuala Lumpur embarks on a new partnership with the Ministry of Education.  This may include a Senior English Language Fellow (SELF) in support of Ministry of Education’s (MOE) English language teacher-training initiative.  During her visit, Dr. Davis met with different divisions within the MOE, including the English Language Teaching Center, the Curriculum Development Division and the Secondary School Management Sector to discuss English education in the country.  She visited primary and secondary schools and observed English education in a Malaysian classroom.  Dr. Davis also met with the local Access Microscholarship provider, alumni from teacher exchange programs and the recently arrived Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) during their orientation. Her visit marked yet another milestone in U.S.-Malaysia collaboration on educational exchange and English language outreach.