Bet­ter prospects with english

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ENGLISH has been the lin­gua franca in the in­creas­ingly glob­alised sec­tors of busi­ness, in­dus­try, medicine, tech­nol­ogy and education for a num­ber of years now and there is ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve that its in­flu­ence and im­por­tance will con­tinue to grow in the com­ing years.

Con­se­quently, univer­si­ties and em­ploy­ers are in­creas­ingly look­ing for young peo­ple who are com­pe­tent in English.

Com­pe­tence in the lan­guage is more than just the abil­ity to pass tests – it is also about hav­ing the con­fi­dence to com­mu­ni­cate flu­ently and ac­cu­rately and also about us­ing the lan­guage in a va­ri­ety of ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions.

This means that the most ef­fec­tive English pro­gramme for peo­ple who need to use English as a medium for work or study will be one that in­cor­po­rates train­ing to tackle a va­ri­ety of real world sit­u­a­tions.

The Bri­tish Coun­cil has been help­ing peo­ple in Malaysia de­velop their English for decades.

Since its es­tab­lish­ment over 80 years ago, it has been the world leader in the teach­ing and learn­ing of English.

SMART English is an in­ten­sive English course de­signed to help stu­dents make real progress with their English in a short pe­riod of time.

The compact pro­gramme is ideal for school leavers ( post- SPM, STPM, UEC and IGCSE stu­dents) who wish to bring up their lev­els of English quickly be­fore start­ing col­lege or univer­sity, as well as for adults with flex­i­ble hours.

On top of the core English lessons, stu­dents will also learn Soft Skill mod­ules that will help them get ahead in life.

There are four lev­els – El­e­men­tary, Pre- in­ter­me­di­ate, In­ter­me­di­ate and Up­per In­ter­me­di­ate – with six mod­ules each.

Stu­dents will need to sit for a place­ment test first be­fore they can be placed at the ap­pro­pri­ate level.

Each course con­sists of two 30- hour mod­ules con­ducted over seven weeks.

Classes are three hours long, con­ducted by in­ter­na­tion­ally qual­i­fied teach­ers, and held thrice weekly.

You may find your­self with class­mates from around the world.

The Core English com­po­nent will fo­cus on im­prov­ing stu­dents’ speak­ing, writ­ing, read­ing and lis­ten­ing skills as well as gram­mar and vo­cab­u­lary.

Through in­ter­ac­tive, fun and en­gag­ing lessons filled with re­al­life ac­tiv­i­ties, stu­dents will rapidly im­prove and be­come more con­fi­dent and flu­ent.

The Soft Skills com­po­nent will fo­cus on help­ing stu­dents de­velop com­pe­tence in key 21st cen­tury skills.

Each week is de­voted to a spe­cific area, and stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about ( and prac­tice) skills such as crit­i­cal think­ing, time man­age­ment, prob­lem solv­ing and work­ing in teams.

The abil­ity to per­form such tasks well in English is a pow­er­ful ad­di­tion to any CV.

Stu­dents will also re­ceive cer­tifi­cates with grades upon com­ple­tion of each mod­ule and have ac­cess to a wealth of on­line re­sources that they can utilise for fur­ther learn­ing out­side the class­room.

In ad­di­tion, stu­dents can at­tend weekly speak­ing clubs and writ­ing prac­tice ses­sions for free.

There are in­takes for the full­time course ev­ery month. Classes are small and lim­ited to 20 stu­dents each so reg­is­ter to­day with­out de­lay.

The com­bi­na­tion of Core English skills and Soft Skills makes SMART English a unique course of­fer­ing more than just English to pro­vide one with that com­pet­i­tive edge.

For reg­is­tra­tion, con­tact the Bri­tish Coun­cil at 04- 2559000 or e- mail to pe­nang@ british­coun­cil. org. my.

Visit www. british­coun­cil. my for more in­for­ma­tion about the Bri­tish Coun­cil and its cour­ses.

The Bri­tish Coun­cil’s SMArT English is an in­ten­sive course de­signed to help stu­dents make real and swift progress.

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