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 Type: Full time – 1 year contract


Minmahaw Higher Education Program (MHEP) is a one-year program that prepares students for the U.S. high school equivalency test or GED. MHEP operates in Mae Sot, on the Thai-Myanmar border, to educate young people from Myanmar, many of whom have been living in refugee camps in Thailand, due to the ongoing civil wars in Myanmar. The twenty-four students are in their high teens and low twenties, half young women and half young men, who live at MHEP. By providing an education which includes critical thinking and organizational skills, MHEP prepares students to pass the GED test so they can get scholarships to international programs (taught in English) in universities in Thailand and other countries in Asia. Although this is the direct aim of the program, the fundamental purpose is to promote higher education and support the new generation to play an active role in shaping the future of democracy in Myanmar.

Students are chosen from the many applicants to the program by their scores on MHEP’s entrance test and interviews in English and Burmese. The priority is for students whose families cannot pay for their education, and the program has a mix of students from various ethnic groups from Myanmar.  Students speak English all the time while at MHEP, and in addition to reading and writing, study math, social studies and science to pass the GED test. Students only use their mobile phones on weekends from Friday afternoon until Sunday late afternoon. The reading and writing teacher prepares students to pass the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) GED test. Students are divided into two groups of twelve, and the teacher teaches two reading classes (one group of

twelve each) and two writing classes. Occasionally students will study online and send work to the teacher, if working online is required by local authorities due to the pandemic (this has been for two or three weeks at a time). Also occasionally, when the need arises, the teacher may teach the whole class of twenty-four students. Reading: students read many nonfiction articles and short fiction, as well as a fiction book, and discuss the material in class. They practice reading passages and answering multiple choice questions.

Writing: students start with narrative writing and move on to comparison and contrast writing, and then to outlining and writing a short research paper, researched online. In the last third of the year they work on the type of work that is on the RLA test: reading two passages that take different views of the same topic, and writing about which is better written and why.  As the year goes by some students learn much faster, while others need more support. Teachers adapt their way of presenting the material so that their teaching is appropriate for all students. In March, students take practice RLA tests, given by the MHEP reading and writing teacher.

In both classes, the basics that the teacher will work on are:

  • vocabulary·       
  • idioms       
  • U.S. English       
  • Critical thinking about reading passages and in writing

In writing the teacher will teach:        

  • spelling and grammar      
  • writing complete sentences       
  • learning the essay format       
  • developing ideas in essays      
  • writing a short research paper (researched online)·       
  • writing references and citations (including making students aware of plagiarism)

The teacher’s responsibilities:        

  • Teach in English following the MHEP class schedule      
  • Adapt teaching to the students’ learning style and level of English, checking if the teacher is speaking in a way that all students can understand.       
  • Attend MHEP staff meetings       
  • Cover “night study” (when students study in the evening), usually two evenings a week       
  • Participate in recruiting new students by testing and interviewing, including traveling to refugee camps       
  • Support MHEP rules if needed in connection with student behavior       
  • Participate in MHEP events      
  • Follow MHEP’s holiday schedule

The teacher’s qualifications:       

  • Strong teamwork and communication skills
  • Two recent references for teaching young adults in English       
  • A relevant university degree or two years’ experience teaching young adults       
  • A CELTA/TEFL certificate from a recognized institution would be an advantage       
  • At least one year’s experience teaching English as a foreign language at the high school level or above       
  • At least one year’s experience teaching reading and writing in a GED program would be an advantage       
  • Ability to adapt to various situations and with experience in limited-resource, challenging environments       
  • Experience teaching during Covid, such teaching using Zoom and sending work if necessary       
  • Exposure to the Burmese refugee and migrant situation preferred

Benefits:     

  • For salary details (local level salary) and visa information, please contact Ko Ye, School Manager, MHEP       
  • Gain experience working with local communities from Myanmar       
  • Valuable on-site international development experience


How to apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information of two references to:

Ko Ye, School Manager, MHEP Email (Ko Ye’s email address): mhepoffice@gmail.com

If you have questions, please email the above address

 Type: Full time – 1 year contract


Minmahaw Higher Education Program (MHEP) is a one-year program that prepares students for the U.S. high school equivalency test or GED. MHEP operates in Mae Sot, on the Thai-Myanmar border, to educate young people…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    May 27, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

For salary details (local level salary) and visa information, please contact Ko Ye, School Manager, MHEP

Level of Language Proficiency

The teacher will teach in English and should speak, read and write excellent English.

The teacher will teach in English and should speak, read and write excellent English.

Location

On-site
Mae Sot, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110, Thailand
Htone Htaung Quarter

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