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Students gain teaching skills in overseas classrooms

From left: Pre-service teacher Christine Haydon, Tenby International School administrator Dr Goh Kok Keng, pre-service teacher Laura Mau, CDU lecturer Jenny Buckworth, and pre-service teacher Lisa Simpson From left: Pre-service teacher Christine Haydon, Tenby International School administrator Dr Goh Kok Keng, pre-service teacher Laura Mau, CDU lecturer Jenny Buckworth, and pre-service teacher Lisa Simpson

Pre-service teachers from Charles Darwin University have experienced teaching at primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

The Bachelor of Education students experienced unique learning and cultural practices within a classroom setting and also immersed themselves in the local culture during their 10-day placements.

Four students had placements at the Tenby International School in Penang, Malaysia, which offers primary and secondary education and applies both the international and national school curriculums.

Students who travelled to Hong Kong for their placements went to schools, including the Jockey Club Ti-I College and the Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School.

Senior Lecturer in Education at CDU, Dr Jenny Buckworth, said the practicum aimed to strengthen students’ interpersonal skills, along with international relationships.

She said the experience provided students with new opportunities in the Indo-Pacific area.

The placements were organised with grants from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Malaysia Institute advisory board and the Department’s New Colombo Plan.