Pioneer in quality teaching of English
THE English language has long been recognised internationally as the preferred means of communication.
So it is vital to ensure that future generations in Malaysia are well-versed in English so they can remain competitive in the workplace and be global citizens in a borderless world.
The British Council has recognised this need since its inception 79 years ago.
Annually, around 500, 000 students are taught by the British Council.
In Malaysia alone, there are over 15,000 students at its centres in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
The British Council in Malaysia first opened its doors in 1948 in Kuala Lumpur and soon after in Penang in 1952, making it a pioneer in the field of English teaching.
So what makes the British Council a world leader in the teaching and learning of English?
All teachers in its network are highly motivated educators from the UK and around the world, and hold the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) – both highly respected international qualifications.
There is a stringent quality assurance policy, with a regional Quality Assurance team visiting every centre to conduct Teaching and Learning Reviews (TLR). All this is to ensure exacting standards are met.
Learning resources and materials to help complement learning are available.
These include a publicly accessible and free-to-use page in the British Council website called ‘Learn English online’.
It has videos, mobile apps, games, stories, listening activities, grammar exercises, podcasts, movies and quizzes.
Visit www.britishcouncil.my/english/learn-online to try them!
The goal of the British Council is to build bridges of trust and understanding among people around the world, through programmes and strategic partnerships such as Premier Skills English, Global Art Competition for Young Learners and Penang International Kids’ Storytelling Festival.
Benefit from state-of-the-art learning technologies in the classrooms which are all fully equipped with sound systems, DVD players and Interactive White Boards. iPads are also used in classrooms.
The British Council is also the official IELTS test provider and licensed partner with Cambridge for International English Language Testing System (IELTS). British Council teachers are well-versed with the test, with many of them certified as examiners and preparation class teachers.
The British Council works closely with the Malaysian Ministry of Education and is able to bring over 60 years of experience delivering excellence and leadership in the field of English language teaching worldwide to Malaysian teachers.
Every year, students awaiting SPM or STPM results take the Intensive English course at the British Council.
The course is designed to help students improve their English quickly so they are prepared for further studies.
Many candidates who are applying for scholarships or preparing for IELTS or other entrance exams have found the Intensive English course to be very useful.
Students have to take a placement test to determine their level of proficiency so they can be placed in the right class
There is an intake every month and four levels from Elementary to Upper Intermediate are available.
The next intake starts on Jan 8. Those interested are urged to call the British Council Penang to book a placement test date.
Malaysian educators posing with British Council deputy director Sam Ayton (centre) and British Council ELTDP director Tricia Thorlby (second right).