Welcome to term 2!

To returning families – welcome back for term 2! To new faces, thank you very much for choosing the British Council. We look forward to working with you in the future, and hope that everything has got off to a good start. If we can help in any way – answering questions, providing more information – please contact our Customer Service team on the ground floor.

Our calendar of events for Term 2 is now ready for downloading. There is a story-writing competition for our KL centre students, a storytelling session and three parent workshops to look forward to!

The calendar of events for this term is here.

Story-writing Competition 2018

For those who love a competition, this term we are asking students to create a story about Friendship. The winning entries in each age group will be published on social media and win some fantastic prizes! Students will receive information about the competition from their class teacher, or you can ask any member of the YL team for information.                              

Deadline: 12/13 May 2017

  • For PP1-2: Write and draw a 4-panel graphic novel about friendship
  • For PP3-6: Write a story about friendship in 50-150 words. The genre can be Fairy story, Spooky, or Science Fiction.
  • For UP: Write a story about friendship in 100-250 words. The genre can be Fairy story, Spooky, or Science fiction.
  • For LS-US: Write a story about friendship in 150-300 words. The genre and subject of the story should be clear to the reader.

Good luck everyone!     

Storytelling 

Our resident storyteller, Keats, will be back again on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April to dazzle the students with more amazing stories!

The stories are appropriate for our Primary Plus students and space is limited, so participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Storytelling will take place in the placement test area on the ground floor, and will run from 1:20pm-2:00pm. 

It would be lovely to see you there!

Parent workshops

We have three parent workshops this term. Workshops take place in room 17 from 1:20-2:00pm and space is limited, so we recommend parents arrive on time to get a seat. There will also be a film showing in room 18 for children to watch while parents attend the talk.

The first workshop, which will be in week 3 (14/15 April) will be Introduction to our young learner English courses at the British Council. In this session, we will provide you with important information about the British Council, our teachers, our classes and how you can help your child get the most from their lessons. All parents are welcome, and this session is particularly useful for parents who are new to the British Council.

The second workshop, which will be in week 6 (5/6 May), is called Helping your child become a confident learner. In this session, we will talk about how confidence helps language learners to improve more quickly, and give advice on how we can help our children develop more confidence in the classroom. All parents are welcome.

Our last workshop will be in week 9 (26/27 May). In this session, Primary Plus – From the magazine to the classroom, we will demonstrate how teachers use the Primary Plus magazines to plan challenging and interesting lessons for your child.  This workshop is for parents of children aged 5-11.

Helping your child to become a confident learner

Confidence isn’t just a willingness to speak in class; confident learners are self-reliant, feel happy and comfortable in the classroom, and are motivated to learn. 

Becoming a confident learner is an extremely important step in becoming a successful one; they ask more questions, speak to classmates, take more risks with language, and get less frustrated. A lack of confidence can lead to demotivation, anxiety, and a fear of being judged by others.

Teachers use a number of strategies in the classroom to promote confident learning. These include:

  • Clearly stating the aims for the lesson, and explaining how the lesson will be useful.
  • Promoting positive relationships between the students.
  • Praising effort.
  • Creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere.

Although teachers can help students to become more confident, this can also be encouraged at home. There are a number of things parents can do to help their child become a confident learner:

  • Encourage your child when they attempt a difficult task. Sometimes children fear they will be judged if they fail, so reassure your child that it is important to try.
  • Encourage practice to build competence, but don’t pressure them too much.
  • Let them try to figure out problems for themselves. Although our children will sometimes need our help, they will never learn independently if we step in every time. 
  • Let them be curious. An endless stream of questions can get annoying, but this is the best way for children to learn.
  • Show your child that learning is fun and exciting. Asking your child questions about what they learnt that day, and celebrating that with them, will encourage them to continue to learn more.

To find out more about what you can do as a parent to encourage confidence, visit the parent area of our website at: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents