What’s next after the SPM
FOR those who have completed the SPM, the next big question is: “What’s next?” This is a question that many school-leavers in Malaysia face upon completing secondary school.
For most, the SPM does not just mark the end of secondary school education but also a turning point to embark upon different pathways.
While there are many factors to consider, be it to continue your studies in higher education or perhaps even a holiday job, one thing all SPM leavers must have is good spoken and written command of the English language.
Referring to the article “Let’s get serious about teaching and learning” ( The Star, March 24), English remains as the poorest performing subject in the UPSR.
The results for SPM from 2004 to 2011 show that the average failure rate for English is at 25%.
The key to success, at work, business or university, is having an effective communication ability.
English is the most common language for most jobs and university programmes and therefore is crucial for success.
ELS Language Centres (ELS) has understood the needs of students and has always been at the forefront of helping students learn English effectively and quickly for over 20 years in Malaysia.
Having established a reputation for excellence in English language instruction, ELS provides solutions to help both professionals and fresh graduates achieve their career and higher education goals with English.
The instructors at ELS, local and expatriate, are extremely professional, dedicated and experienced.
They are a group of motivated teachers who aim to assist their students to meet all their goals throughout the duration of their course.
In most cases, the same instructor will remain with the students throughout the course to allow the instructor to have a deeper understanding of the student’s progress.
Since teaching has so much to do with a teacher observing how a student learns and how he is retaining information, ELS believes a small class allows instructors to observe closely and carefully how each student is doing.
ELS has embraced the use of technology in its courses by utilising educational software and going online for certain segments of the many courses provided.
The excellent language learning software creates a unique learning experience.
ELS Language Technology Centres offer students the opportunity to focus on individual skills that need improvement in an exciting multimedia learning environment.
Apart from that, ELS offers a relaxing place for students to meet friends from around the world to practise English together.
Students in ELS do not only come from Malaysia but from all over the world such as Japan, South Korea, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Russia and Djibouti.
The melting pot of cultures in ELS provides cross-cultural communication opportunities where learning English is not only through classes but also through conversations and cross-cultural exchanges.
At ELS, students are offered free counselling services for further education at partner universities in the United States, Australia and Canada.
These experienced ELS counsellors will be your friend, mentor and guide, as they expertly lead you through the five-step process for higher education abroad.
They will help you in the selection process, in choosing a programme that satisfies all of your goals, work with you to complete your application and in fulfilling all immigration documents.
These friendly course counsellors are readily available to get you started on your pathway to higher education.
For more about ELS Language Centres Malaysia, call 03-2166 5530 or log on to www.els.edu.my
The SPM does not just mark the end of secondary school education but also marks a turning point in the students’ lives to embark upon different pathways.