March 2017

We’ve had a great start to the year with a successful and eventful first term. So much has happened since the first lessons such as our anti-bullying poem writing competition, our meet the teacher session in week 3 and out first parent workshop of the year. They say ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ for a reason!

Discover weird and wonderful worlds through our holiday course this March:

Join our latest holiday course to develop your child’s creative and critical thinking skills through reading, analysis and presentation of the much-loved story The BFG, by Roald Dahl.

This course:

  • is fun and interactive, giving students a chance to present their own creative ideas.
  • incorporates higher order thinking (HOT) skills, such as planning, analysing and problem-solving.
  • is challenging, and will allow your child to develop their use of creative language.
  • For 7 - 9 year olds: “Wonderful Writing”
  • For 10 - 12 year olds: “Dazzling Dialogue”
  • Fees: RM390 per child 

Get in touch with us now to find out more: Kuala Lumpur/ Damansara:

Call +603-2780 3809 or email us at info@britishcouncil.org.my

Competitions

We are coming to the end of our anti-bullying poem writing competition and we’ve had lots of excellent entries so far. Look out for the poems which will be displayed around the centre. The top 3 winners will be published on British Council social media as well as receive MPH book vouchers. The closing date is 12th March.

Primary Plus Online Portal

The Primary Plus portal has been migrated to a new platform. Please remember 

  1. to use any browser EXCEPT Internet Explorer
  2. to click the HELP button if you experience any difficulties

An activation email has been sent automatically to your registered email address with your password for the site. If you have not received it, please check your Junk Mail folder or click on the HELP button. Please try to log on and encourage your child to do the activities on the site.

The teacher will email you after the lesson with information about what was covered in class, what the homework is as well as any other important information. Please note that if you have any particular questions that you would like to talk to the teacher about you should make an appointment through Customer Services.

Parents’ Facebook Page

We are pleased to introduce our new facebook page for Young Learner parents. You can find the page here.

The page 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!

Online resources for you and your child

For Primary Plus and Upper Primary students: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

The Learn English Kids website has a wide range of educational activities, videos, articles and games for your children to look at in English. During any global events and festivals, the website hosts themed activities, so remember to check back regularly to see all the new content!

For Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary students: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org

The Learn English Teens website has content for teenage students, organised according to the European Language Learning Framework. Here’s a quick guide:

A2 – LS2/US2

B1 – LS3/US3

B2 – LS4/US4

C1 – LS5/US5

The articles and videos are an especially good way for your teenage child to practise English with challenging and interesting topics.

And finally…

Welcome to the newest members of our dedicated team of teachers, Tasnim and Patrick

Patrick: I started teaching in 1997 and have worked in Sarawak, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Taiwan and Japan. I studied English literature and Applied Psychology at university and am currently finishing my teaching diploma. I enjoy facilitating role playing activities in class. In my free time I enjoy cycling, hiking, travelling, swimming and outdoor activities.

Tasnim: I’m Tasnim, from Dhaka, Bangladesh originally but I have been living and studying in KL since August 2016. This is my second job with the British Council. The first one was the British Council in Dhaka and I spent there 4 years. I love travelling and have visited Malaysia before.

April 2017

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.

 Anti-bullying competition

Well done and thank you to all those who took part in the anti-bullying poetry writing competition last term. We had a huge number of entries and the standard was extremely high. Please come into the centre and read the ones which have been displayed!

Reading Challenge 2017

What’s happening this term?

The popular reading challenge is back! The theme for this year’s challenge is ‘The Big Friendly Read’

Is your child an avid reader? Or would you like to inspire them to read more? This year’s Reading Challenge is open to all Primary Plus, Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. The challenge is to read six books by the end of term. Simply choose a book from the Reading Challenge Bookshelf, sign it out from a TA, read it and complete a special record sheet. When you return your book, you can choose another one. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special certificate.

Extra Writing Practice

Following some feedback from parents, we’ll be trialling a new system where students can do extra writing practice and get feedback from a teacher. Your child will be given a sheet with links to some online writing activities that they may do if they wish. Students can bring their completed work in to the centre and the work will be marked. Your child will get a letter in week 5 explaining how it works in more detail.

Parent Workshop

6 & 7 May: Primary Plus – From the magazine to the classroom!

Do you ever look at your child’s magazine and wonder what exactly is done in class? This workshop will demonstrate how teachers use the Primary Plus magazines to plan challenging and interesting lessons for your child. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions!

Autism awareness month

What is autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically shows during the first three years of life. It affects the functioning of the brain - approximately 9,000 children are born with autism in Malaysia each year.

How does the British Council support learners with autism?

The British Council is committed to providing inclusive learning environments for all and to making reasonable adjustments to support the learning needs of our students. We raise autism awareness with our learners through lessons, workshops and a commitment to diversity.

Where can I learn more?

Visit the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) online http://www.nasom.org.my/about/ to find out more about autism.

 And finally…

Goodbye

Donya Estafanous will be leaving British Council Malaysia in May. Donya has been the senior teacher here in the Damansara centre for the last two years and has been the life and soul of the branch. She has led and supported the Academic Team and ensured the high standards of our methodology and materials. Her friendliness and approachability will be sorely missed by everyone in British Council Malaysia.