The Brooke Trust ties up with Swinburne to produce English Language teachers

Jason (left) and Wilson exchanging the signed letters of agreement.

KUCHING, Sept 19: Malaysians, especially Sarawakians, who wish to further their studies in English are encouraged to apply for The Brooke Trust Education Bursary Award.

The Brooke Trust and Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus today signed a Letter of Agreement for The Brooke Trust to provide a Master of Arts (TESOL) education bursary award to Malaysian students pursuing the programme at Swinburne.

The three-year agreement, beginning 2019, outlines the allocation of bursary worth 50 per cent of the MA (TESOL) programme tuition fees that will be awarded to at least two students per year.

Signing on behalf of The Brooke Trust was its director Jason Desmond Anthony Brooke, while deputy vice-chancellor and chief executive officer Professor John Wilson signed on behalf of Swinburne.

Jason, who is the co-founder of the Brooke Heritage Trust, is also the grandson of the last Rajah Muda of Sarawak (Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, 1912-2011). He is a prominent representative of the Brooke Dynasty in Sarawak.

“The bursary is open to eligible Malaysian citizens, preferably Sarawakians, who satisfy the bursary award requirements of CGPA 3.33 as established by The Brooke Trust and Swinburne,” Wilson said.

Jason (seated left) and Wilson (seated right) together with staffers from both organisations.

The demand for English language teachers in Malaysia and the Asian region is growing rapidly to satisfy the needs of citizens to learn English, which continues to be the dominant language of international trade and commerce in goods and services.

Wilson thanked The Brooke Trust for their foresight and investment in the prestigious scholarship award that will greatly benefit Malaysians and Sarawakians to further develop their English language skills.

“Swinburne is delighted to partner with The Brooke Trust, and we look forward to welcoming the first recipients of the award in 2019,” he added.

The MA (TESOL) programme offered at Swinburne Sarawak campus is designed for English teachers who are seeking to enhance their qualifications with a quality higher degree as well as degree holders who plan to make a career change to the exciting world of English language teaching.

The programme comprises four semesters through classroom discussions, individual and group projects and also micro-teaching tasks. Students experience hands-on teaching, develop lesson plans and course design as well as grapple with broader issues related to teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Prospective students who are interested to apply for the bursary can submit their applications through Swinburne at — DayakDaily