Welcome to 2018, and term 1!
Happy New Year!
To returning families – Welcome back! 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 etc. – please contact our Customer Service Team.
Parents’ Welcome Talk
For all parents of PP1-6 level students, there will be a talk during the last 15 minutes of your child’s 3rd lesson (between the 20th and 26th January). We ask that you could kindly be on time to this, as there will be little space in the classrooms, and we have lots of information to give you.
The teacher will be able to introduce themselves to you, give information about the course and studying at the British Council.
We all enjoy a good story! So why not encourage your children to write their own stories? Not only writing stories develops language skills (especially vocabulary and grammar), it also helps improve critical thinking, creativity and concentration.
Recognising the benefits of writing stories, our Term 1 Young Leaner Competition is a Story Writing Competition. It is open to all Young Learner students in the British Council Damansara. The closing date for submissions is Sunday 25th February.
Your child was given all the relevant information in class, but feel free to ask us for more details.
Our Parent workshops address a variety of topics related to children education and development. The space is limited, so we recommend parents arrive on time to get a seat.
We always have a room where the children can wait for you under the supervision of our Teaching Assistants.
The dates of the workshops will be announced soon - look out for further updates!
Osbourne the Owl
Osbourne the Owl is back for Primary Plus!
Do you want to encourage your child to practise their writing? Osbourne the Owl is waiting for their letters. Collect a letter template from near the library, write a letter to Osbourne and he will reply to your child in 2 weeks.
Last year we had a fantastic response to the Osbourne the Owl project and it helped many of our younger students get excited about writing in English. So grab a letter template and get writing today!
Extra writing practice
If you feel that your child can benefit from extra writing practice - we got it covered!
Age-appropriate writing practice exercises can be found at the waiting area in our centre. Take one and once your child has completed it, bring back the questions and answers together and put it in a designated box. Our teachers will mark it and provide feedback.
- 31st January – Closed for Thaipusam
- 14-20th - Closed for Chinese New Year
- 21st February – Closed for Teacher Training Day
- 25th February – last day of the Story Writing Competition
Re-registration begins in week 5 of every term. You do not need to wait to receive the re-registration form to re-register.
23rd March – the end of term 1
Important term dates
Last weekend of term 1: 18 March
Please note that there is a one-week break – no classes between 24th and 30th of March
First day of term 2: 31 March
Short Story writing competition
This terms’ competition has been a great success so far – thank you to all students who have submitted their stories, and for parents who are supporting them!
We have now closed the competition and will be selecting the best stories! The winners will be announced on 10th of March.
NEW! Extra clubs
We are delighted to announce that the first extra club will take place on 7th of March from 6 to7pm. This public speaking club will use elements of drama techniques to help your child become more confident in speaking English.
The club is for existing British Council students who are 8-9 year old. It is free of charge but you need to register with our Customer Service officers at the front desk as places are limited.
More clubs are coming!
Parents’ Facebook Page
We would like to remind all parents about our Young Learner parents Facebook page. You can find the page here: https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishParents.BritishCouncil
It includes tips and ideas for helping your child practise English at home; crafts and games for you to do together; and useful links to parenting and language learning articles.
If you have any ideas as to the type of information you’d like to see on the page, please post and give your suggestions!
Article: The importance of ICT skills
Teaching strong ICT (Information and Communication Technology) skills helps to prepare our children for all aspects of their future lives, but how can we help them get an even stronger grasp on ICT skills, and improve their future prospects?
There are a number of ways teachers can incorporate ICT skills into the English classroom:
- Students can learn how to write emails, forum posts and comments, as well as traditional stories and essays.
- Students should regularly be using online dictionary apps, encyclopaedias and other sources of information to research and check their work.
- Teachers can teach the ability to look at information found online with a critical eye, and search for multiple, credible sources.
- Interactive games, videos and music inject fun into the classroom and engage students in the topics being covered.
There are also easy ways for parents to help at home:
- You can help your child with tasks such as checking word counts, organising information in charts and graphs, and keeping their computer files organised.
- Your child can practice his or her typing skills by helping you to send emails to friends and family.
- Researching a topic together can be a fun way to be involved in your child’s schoolwork, as well as teaching them to become familiar with the major internet browsers.
- You can use websites such as the British Council ‘LearnEnglishKids’ site to research topics, listen to stories, and play interactive games together.
At the British Council, we include ICT elements into all our courses, from Primary Plus, where students can watch videos and play interactive games to grow their computer skills, to our Secondary courses with themed lessons on online safety and the future of technology in schools.
For more information about how the British Council includes ICT into our Young Learner courses, you can visit our website at: https://www.britishcouncil.my/