Latest news and updates for our Kuala Lumpur Young Learner parents - March 2016

Special event parent workshop

We will be running a special parent workshop in week 9 showing parents how to use the parent’s portal to access the weekly update and how to support their child in using the student portal. This will be in room 17 at 1:30. Please arrive on time to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Reading Challenge

We still have a few more weeks of the Reading Challenge left! If your child hasn’t finished their 6 books yet, they have until the 20th March to do so! Keep reading!!

This year, we have been overwhelmed with the response to the reading challenge. Over 570 students have participated so far, and next it will move to Damansara and Penang!

Our inaugural Seniors competition – Writing a travel blog

Entries for our Seniors competition ended on the 6th March and winners will be announced in our next newsletter.

We’ve had a fantastic response, with 3 to 4 new entries per day. With such an incredible response from our Seniors, we’re looking forward to the photography competition in term 2!

Speech and Drama workshop at Damansara branch (16 and 17 March)

We’ll be conducting a two day speech and drama workshop in our branch in Mutiara Damansara. Your child will develop confidence and clarity in their speaking and pronunciation though rehearsing and performing a traditional story from a famous English speaking country!  

Developing an inclusive environment for special needs learners

The British Council management team recently attended a 2 ½ day workshop on how to develop a more inclusive environment for learners with special needs. The British Council is an equal opportunity organisation and believes that all people should have the opportunity to learn and grow as English users. To this end, we make every effort to include all learners, including those with special needs in all of our classes and work closely with both learners and parents to ensure the needs of our students are met. 

If you think that your child may require special support in class and we have not already identified their needs already, we would encourage you to contact your child’s class teacher immediately.

Parent workshops

We ran our first YL Parent Workshop of the year 13th and 14th February, informing parents about learning at the British Council.

Our next workshop will be on Introduction to Phonics. The workshops are always run in room 17 between 1:20 and 2:00.

Introduction to Phonics: In this session we will introduce you to phonics; what they are and why they are important. We will look at how we teach phonics in class and how you can support your child’s development of phonics at home. This will be very interesting for parents of children in Primary Plus 1, 2 and 3.

Dates: 12th and 13th March

Our theme for parents’ workshops next term will be Developing resilient learners and will focus on techniques to support a growth mindset and developing independence as learners. Watch out for more details in our next newsletter.

Join our exciting new phonics course in Mutiara Damansara!

Phonics will teach your child the relationship between written letters and individual sounds. It is a systematic method of teaching children to read and write. Our phonics course uses good practice from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme to develop your child’s motor and cognitive skills through a multi-sensory and engaging learning experience. For more information, click here.

Welcome to the British Council parent workshop summary

In our first parent workshop of the year, we outlined some of the important points that parents and children should know about learning at the British Council.

What makes the British Council different is that we are first and foremost a cultural organisation. Our aim is to create connections between the UK and the rest of the world. We offer English language classes to young learners to encourage children to grow up with a positive attitude to both the English language and the UK so that as they move through life they have the confidence and ability to engage with English speakers from the UK and around the world.

Because we are committed to supporting children in developing fluency and confidence in English, our classes do much more than simply preparing children for exams. In addition to language development, we also encourage learners to develop necessary life skills, including the development of social skills, team working skills and higher order thinking skills. We encourage children to engage their creativity and imagination through interesting and motivating tasks that challenge children to actively use English to communicate their ideas with others.

We also encourage children to engage with English outside of the classroom through our lending library and regular competitions. British Council students can easily join the lending library and borrow books to read at home. Watch out for details of current and upcoming competitions and events in future parent newsletters.

And finally, did you know that...

  • The British Council was established by Royal Charter in 1940 as an organisation dedicated to providing educational opportunities and cultural relations between the UK and the world.
  • In 2014-2015 over 600 million people worldwide participated in British Council projects, programmes and services.
  • The British council aim to make a positive contribution to the countries we work with using the cultural resources of the UK such as art, sport, education, science, culture, language, innovation, creativity and the sharing of the UK’s values and ways of living.