Juga didapati dalam bahasa Melayu dari Bernama: https://alamakademik.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/23-belia-amerika-mengajar-di-terengganu/
KUALA LUMPUR (NST): Margaret Meyer decided to come to Terengganu to teach English after reading the New Straits Times.
“I was reading the paper on-line for research purposes and was drawn to Malaysia,” said the 22-year old from South Carolina.
She is among 23 American graduates who are here to teach English in 23 schools in Terengganu for 10 months under the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) programme.
The programme in Malaysia is jointly sponsored by the United States State Department and the Terengganu government.
The state government is providing about RM750,000 for the programme, which cost RM1 million this year, said Dr James Coffman, executive director of the Malaysian-American Commission on Education Exchange (Macee), which administers the programme.
This is the fourth year of the American-Terengganu collaboration to provide students with native English speakers since 2006.
Coffman said this year had the highest number of ETAs here because “the state government wants to extend the programme to more schools”. In 2006, 10 graduates took part; in 2007, 13; and last year, 12.
On why the programme had only been held in Terengganu, he said it was because the state government was willing to fund it. “Typically, the local sponsor has to come up with about 75 per cent of the programme cost.”
He said that from past experience, Terengganu students had no problems learning from their American teachers.
“It did not take too long for the students to get accustomed to the ETAs because Malaysian kids grow up listening to American English on television, so the accent is not completely new to them.
“The difficulty was to make them overcome their shyness and speak in English,” he said.
The American ETAs go through a rigourous selection process to get on this programme, Coffman said.
“It’s a long application process and very competitive. You can only choose one country. So all those you see here have applied to come to Malaysia.”
The American graduates arrived on Monday and are undergoing a three-day orientation course here.
They leave for Kuala Terengganu on Friday for a two-week orientation stint, which includes Bahasa Malaysia classes, before they start teaching.