What’s next af­ter the SPM

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

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.

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