Pi­o­neer in qual­ity teach­ing of English

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR SPECIAL | EDUCATION NORTH -

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).

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