Aca­demic skills vs life skills

The Sun (Malaysia) - - EDUCATION FOCUS -

or­der think­ing skills are es­sen­tial to suc­cess in an in­ter­na­tional learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. In­ter­na­tional schools and uni­ver­si­ties ex­pect their stu­dents to be ca­pa­ble of us­ing such skills in their stud­ies, par­tic­u­larly in writ­ing es­says and con­tribut­ing to tu­to­rial dis­cus­sions.

The Bri­tish Coun­cil has been run­ning cour­ses to help young Malaysians de­velop their lan­guage skills to be­come con­fi­dent and flu­ent in English for 30 years. From next year, to en­sure its stu­dents are fully pre­pared for their fu­ture aca­demic stud­ies, cour­ses for Sec­ondary stu­dents (13-17 year olds) will in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of gen­eral aca­demic skills, such as es­say writ­ing, de­vel­op­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and de­bat­ing skills. In class, these skills can be de­vel­oped through the method­ol­ogy for teach­ing the lan­guage, and the tasks and ac­tiv­i­ties cho­sen. For ex­am­ple, stu­dents may be asked to an­a­lyse some ex­am­ple sen­tences to un­der­stand the un­der­ly­ing gram­mar pat­terns be­fore the teacher clar­i­fies their ideas; or stu­dents may be asked to eval­u­ate their own or oth­ers’ writ­ing to de­velop a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how texts in English are cre­ated.

Hav­ing these skills will en­able stu­dents to suc­ceed in both Malaysian schools in their English lan­guage classes, and in an in­ter­na­tional English-medium en­vi­ron­ment. In ad­di­tion, Up­per Sec­ondary stu­dents (16-17 year olds) will de­velop gen­eral English lan­guage exam skills that will help them as they pre­pare for the SPM and fu­ture stud­ies, wher­ever these may take them.

To in­tro­duce new stu­dents to their chal­leng­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing cour­ses, the Bri­tish Coun­cil is also of­fer­ing hol­i­day cour­ses for Nov/ Dec 2016, cel­e­brat­ing the 400th an­niver­sary of the death of Shake­speare. These hol­i­day cour­ses for 5-17 year olds have been de­signed by the Bri­tish Coun­cil’s ded­i­cated team of highly-trained teach­ers to in­tro­duce young stu­dents to some of Shake­speare’s most fa­mous plays in a range of work­shops and in­ten­sive cour­ses.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.british­coun­cil.my/kids

De­vel­op­ment of generic skills will help chil­dren in their fu­ture lives.

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