Important term dates
Last weekend of term 1: 17 and 18 March
Please note that there is a one-week break
First weekend of term 2: 31 March and 1 April
Reading Challenge 2017
This year’s Reading Challenge ‘Animal Agents’, has been a resounding success so far – thank you to all students who are enthusiastically taking out new books every week, and for parents who are supporting them!
Since we launched the challenge, a whopping 464 students have got involved in the KL centre. We’re eagerly looking forward to seeing who will be the first to finish the six-book challenge!
The next workshop, on 3 and 4 March, will be on the topic of ‘How to help your child at home’. In this workshop, we will provide you with useful tips on how you can help your child with their English skills outside of the classroom. It is suitable for all parents, but particularly useful for PP parents.
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.
Parents’ Facebook Page
We would like to remind all parents about our Young Learner parents Facebook page. You can find the page here:
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/