Teach Away is currently hiring a variety of education professionals for teaching positions in Malaysia, as part of a major government program aimed at improving education and English proficiency amongst teachers and students. 

The goal is to create more opportunities for Malaysian graduates in education and employment through enhancing their communication skills in English.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Malaysia

Through Teach Away, teachers have a variety of options for teaching in Malaysia. The Malaysian government requires educators in many different capacities within the education system. Specifically, educators are needed for two projects: ESOL Improvement in Public Schools and Teacher Training Institutes, and the Trust Schools Initiative. Listed below are descriptions of the different types of teaching jobs available in Malaysia.

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ESOL Improvement in Public Schools and Teacher Training Institutes

The goal of this program is to increase and improve the use of English in Malaysian government schools by raising the proficiency standards of local teachers. Through In Service Teacher Training (INSETT) and Teacher Professional Development (TPD) sessions, and classroom coaching and mentoring, the project hopes to realize the following goals:

  1. Increase English proficiency, communication, and confidence of teachers and students in Malaysian public schools
  2. Empower local teachers to conduct their own Professional development sessions
  3. Assist school leadership in improving English communication competence throughout all schools

There are three main types of teaching positions with the ESOL Improvement project. English Language Professionals and Project Managers will work with teachers at local public schools, while Training Fellows will work at Teacher Training Institutes.

English Language Professionals

ELPs will work with up to 75 Malaysian teachers on professional development programs to upgrade teachers’ proficiency in English. ELPs will act as a resource to the local teacher and adviser to the schools’ management on improving each schools’ English instruction and competency both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers should be over the age of 27, possess a Bachelor's degree and TESL Certification, and must have at least 3 years of ESOL teaching experience.

English Language Project Managers

ELPMs will manage up to 20 English Language Professionals (ELPs) as part of the overall goal of improving English proficiency in Malaysian schools. ELPMs will direct, supervise, and oversee the operations of the program within an assigned geographic area of Malaysia. ELPMs will supervise, monitor, and assess in-service training sessions delivered by ELPs. In addition, ELPMs will facilitate meetings with principals, heads of department and senior assistants of schools involved in the program.

Training Fellow Positions

In conjunction with the ELTCs' and ELPMs' efforts within schools in Malaysia, Training Fellows are being placed in Malaysian colleges and teacher training institutes with a goal of leaving a lasting legacy of teacher training and quality English education. Training Fellows will develop and implement a comprehensive and systematic training program for Malaysian teachers. Training Fellows will work at Institutes of Teacher Education with a goal of enhancing the knowledge and pedagogical skills and competencies of the English Language Teaching (ELT) staff.

To be eligible for a Training Fellows position, candidates should be an ELT specialist preferably with a doctoral degree and experience in teacher training and overseas work. Educators with specialties in the following subjects will be considered: Early Childhood Literacy, Literacy and Language Arts, Literature/Contemporary Children’s Literature, Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking Skills.

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Trust Schools Initiative

The Trust Schools Initiative is being undertaken in order to provide greater autonomy for Malaysian schools to manage their daily operations, enhance curriculum, and improve school operations. This program will focus on two clusters of 5 schools which are made up of a mixture of primary and secondary institutions. Teaching and Learning Advisors and English Partnership Teachers will work within the Trust Schools Initiative to improve the pedagogy and consistency & quality of teaching, learning and educational provision.

Teaching and Learning Advisors

Teaching and Learning will advise Trust School teaching staff in modelling excellent pedagogy and teaching practices. In addition, Teaching and Learning Advisors will implement best practices for differentiated instruction, ESOL technology, curriculum development, as well as gifted and talented and special needs education. Teaching and Learning Advisors will be responsible for developing the pedagogy of Malaysian teachers in areas including assessment for learning and curriculum implementation.

Teaching and Learning Advisors should be qualified to teach in their home state or province and have over 3 years of experience in the required subject and grade level. In addition, candidates should have experience in a management or advisory role. Experienced teachers with experience as heads of department, or in advisory roles will be considered for these positions.

English Partnership Teachers

English Partnership Teachers will contribute to the Trust Schools Initiative by delivering high quality pedagogical and English language (ESOL) support to teaching staff. EPTs will use a wide range of available resources to deliver lessons effectively to students in an active learning environment. In conjunction with the local teacher, the EPT will have shared accountability for: preparation, marking, communication on student performance, maintenance of student records, classroom discipline, and other teacher related activities.

English Partnership Teachers will deliver professional development to teachers in schools with the goal of improving the teachers’ knowledge and skills in contemporary learning, teaching, and assessment models and strategies. English Partnership Teachers should be qualified to teach in their home state or province and have over 3 years of experience in the required subject and grade level. ETPs should have a degree in ESOL or a related field and have experience in an advisory or management role.

Qualifications for Teaching in Malaysia

Teaching Position Required Qualifications
English Language Professionals
  • Native English speaking fluency
  • Bachelor's degree
  • TESOL training or equivalent
  • 3 years ESOL teaching experience (preferably overseas)
English Language Project Managers
  • Native English speaking fluency
  • Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred
  • TESOL training or equivalent
  • 3 years ESOL teaching experience (preferably overseas)
  • Management or advisory experience recommended
Training Fellow Positions
  • Native English speaking fluency
  • PhD preferred; Master's degree minimum
  • ELT specialist
  • Experience as a teacher trainer at the college or university level
  • Expertise in one of the following: Early Childhood Literacy, Literacy and Language Arts, Literature/Contemporary Children’s Literature, Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking Skills
  • Experience working overseas is an advantage
Teaching and Learning Advisors
  • Native English speaking fluency
  • Master's degree minimum
  • Teaching Certification or Qualified Teacher Status
  • Minimum 3 years of post-qualification teaching experience (preferably overseas)
  • Management or advisory experience recommended
English Partnership Teachers
  • Native English speaking fluency
  • Master's degree minimum (Linguistics, ESOL, or English preferred)
  • Teaching Certification or Qualified Teacher Status
  • Minimum 3 years post qualification teaching experience in English or ESOL
  • Management or advisory experience recommended

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Malaysia at a Glance
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Language Malaysian
Population 28,334,135 (42th)
Currency Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Government Federal constitutional elective monarchy and Federal parliamentary democracy
Climate Equatorial - hot/humid
Quick Facts
  • "TUN" is the most senior federal title.
  • There can be no more than 25 living TUN recipients at any one time.
  • Tanjung Piai in sounthern Johor is the southernmost tip of continental Asia.
  • Sabah is home to the Rafflesia, the lagest flower in the world.
  • MALAYSIA has 65,877 km of highway, more than the Earth's circumference of 40,075 km.
  • There are more than 60 sub-ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak.
  • Malaysia has a staggering coastline of 4,675 km and has as many as two hundred islands.
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