Courses

My child is very shy / lacking inconfidence, how can you help?
We provide children with a safe, nurturing environment where they are encouraged to practice new skills and language in a supportive, risk free way.  Our highly trained teachers recongnise that each child is unique, and that some children need more support and encouragement than others. In our experience, a child may be shy initially but after a few lessons they are happy to contribute their ideas and participate fully in the lessons.

My child wants to improve his writing and vocabulary, how can you help?
We help children develop their writing through phonics and basic literacy for our youngest students and progress towards genre and discourse analysis and academic essay writing for older children. All our lessons have a vocabulary focus and we train our learners in different strategies for learning and retaining new words.

Do you have any preschool classes?
We have phonics courses available for preschool children.

I want my child to be able to read before he enters primary school, is that possible?
This is possible, we would recommend a phonics class to aid literacy.

Do you provide public speaking course?
Our students often give presentations as a genuine way to practice and gain confidence with new language and demonstrate they can communicate their ideas in a coherent way.   So although we do not provide a specific course for public speaking we do develop the language, skills and techniques required to be a competent public speaker.

What is your course structure/syllabus like? What exactly do you teach?
We offer engaging lessons, developed by our own educational experts, and taught by highly skilled and qualified teachers. Our courses will teach your child to speak and write confidently in order to give them a head start in school.

Our English courses do not follow any school exams or syllabus and the lessons consist of general topics, covering all four components of the language which are reading, writing, listening and speaking as our courses are designed to guarantee fun, interactive and effective lessons for your child.

Not only will your child learn English, they will also develop creativity, critical thinking and self-confidence. The British Council’s holistic approach to learning ensures your child’s personal, social and emotional development.

How will this course help my child in their exams?
We use authentic literature and themes to expose our students to language and ideas in more depth. This approach will have an impact on your child’s ability to read more complex texts and confidently answer more inferential level questions; their compositions will be richer both in style and content. We believe this will have a positive impact on their grasp of language and lead to better results. 

Do you offer short intensive courses?
We offer short intensive courses during holiday periods. Check our website or call the British Council for details.

Course times/schedules

May I know the timetable?
Most of our classes are on Saturdays and Sundays. We have different time slots for different levels as such please speak to our course consultants.

Do you have any phonics classes on the weekends?
Yes at the KL centre.

Do you have one to one classes?
No we don't.

We live far away, can you accommodate our time slot?
It will depend on your child's level as such we are unable to comment until your child has taken the placement test to determine their level.

What are the class schedule?
Most of our classes are on Saturdays and Sundays. We have different time slots for different levels as such please speak to our course consultants.

I would like to have the same time slot for my other children, is that possible?
It will depend on the availability of the classes as some slots are very popular hence fully booked. As an existing student you will be given priority to change time.

Do you have the calendar for the intake?
Dec, March and Sept.

Guidance

How can I help my child with their English study?
You can help strengthen and cement knowledge gained in class by regularly talking with them about the topics they are studying. You don't need to quiz them. Just talking and adding an adult’s perspective will help develop and strengthen ideas. This will eventually help them to understand more complex texts and write better compositions. In short, you don't have to be a teacher to have a positive impact on your child’s learning! 

How will this course benefit my child?
Our phonics courses help develop literacy in a fun and engaging way.  Our Primary Plus courses (6-11 year olds) help build confidence and ability in English, develop life skills such as leadership, critical thinking and collaboration in a fun and interactive way.  Our Upper Primary courses (11-13 year olds) develop confidence in speaking, develop more academic reading and writing skills as well as honing social skills.  Our Secondary courses help children prepare for school and university exams, develop critical thinking skills, become more confident in working in groups to deliver presentations, use technology to research relevant topics and expand grammar and vocabulary to ensure future success.  

Procedures/Requirements

I would like to enrol my child, what do I do?
Please book for a placement test via email or telephone.

My child took the placement test in Damansara, but I want her to join the KL centre. Is that possible?
Yes it is.

Why don't you have placement test on weekends for your young learner courses?
We do have placement test nearer to the intakes.

I've registered my child. I would like to enquire about the textbook that I need to buy. Can you provide me the title and publisher name?
Yes when you registered you were given a list of the books that your child need to purchase.

Cost

How much are the course fees?

Centre Course Price
Kuala Lumpur Phonics   RM1,660
Primary Plus     RM940
Upper Primary   RM860
Lower Secondary   RM860
Upper Secondary    RM940
the Curve Phonics   RM1,660
Primary Plus     RM940
Upper Primary   RM860
Lower Secondary   RM860
Upper Secondary    RM940
Academic writing and speaking for primary  RM1,660
IGCSE Preparation  RM990

Others

What is unique about studying with the British Council?
High calibre teachers: Our teachers are supported to develop continuously, keeping up-to-date with current educational research.
An international environment: Students meet teachers and staff from across the world, exposing them to different values and opinions, broadening their mind. Not only a useful tool at school, this will prepare them for the world of further study and work, where global communication is essential.
Close home-school links: You will receive a welcome email from the teacher in addition to parent meetings and progress reports. We encourage you to communicate regularly with the teacher through these channels.

Can you arrange transportation for my children?
No.

What’s the difference between this with Cambridge English?
The British Council is the world leader in providing English language services to children. As we are a worldwide organisation we can recruit the best teachers and provide the best resources to ensure your child gains the knowledge and skills required to not only perform well on tests but also be a 21st century global citizen. 

My children are currently taking the CAMBRIDGE English syllabus, how can they move to a totally new syllabus at the British Council?
We welcome a new intake of students into all our courses four times a year and our teachers are trained to help new students adjust to the new learning environment very quickly. Your child will be placement tested to ensure they are at an appropriate level. As our syllabus are designed with the age and cognitive development of children in mind (as well as their knowledge of English) we are confident all children can get the maximum benefit from studying at the British Council regardless of their previous study experiences.

Will British Council provide any internationally recognised certification at the end of each level?
No.

My child is very shy in speaking English. He can understand the language but he refuse to speak. Lacking self confidence and self esteem. How can the English course in the British Council help him to build his confidence level to speak?
This is the same as the first question.

If my child is slower learner than other children in the class, what will the teacher do to make sure he's progressing?
All children (and adults!) learn different things at different speeds. We recognise that some children will pick things up faster than others, and we ensure our classrooms reflect this. We do not allow the faster ones to become bored, and we ensure those who need a little more support to be left behind. One way we cater for different abilities is to provide the students with a choice of tasks - more challenging tasks to stretch the faster students and more review to ensure the others can assimilate new knowledge. We find that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses, and the student that needs more help today may be the one who excels next week.