Latest news and updates for our Kuala Lumpur Young Learner parents - May 2017

Parent Workshops
We have a number of parent workshops running in the next few weeks in the KL teaching centre, covering a range of topics. The schedule and details of each session are below - 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.

27-28 May, 13.20 – 14.00   and   17 June, 12.00 – 12.40

Introduction to the British Council
This workshop 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. Please note that this is a repeat of the workshop given on 11 and 12 February.

10-11 June, 13.20 – 14.00

How we assess older students
In this workshop, we will look at how we assess our Upper Primary and Secondary students. We will show you examples of our writing and speaking assessments and how we provide feedback to the students. This workshop is for parents of Upper Primary and Secondary students. Please note that this is a repeat of the workshop given on 4 and 5 March.

17 June, 14.00 – 14.40

Primary Plus: From the magazine to the classroom!
This workshop will demonstrate how teachers use the Primary Plus magazines to plan challenging and interesting lessons for your child. This workshop is for all Primary Plus parents.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact our customer services team.

Student Competition: Poetry
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Poetry Competition this term! The standard of entries was extremely high, and the judges have been impressed with the maturity and writing skills of the participants.

After a lot of difficult decisions, the three winners from each age group have been chosen and will be given their prize this weekend from their class teacher.

The winning entries will also be published on the British Council Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishParents.BritishCouncil

Inclusive Learning
No two students are exactly the same and, unfortunately, many students are labeled disruptive, difficult or just bad at learning languages, when in reality they may just have a different approach to learning.

Inclusive classrooms recognise that each person has a different way of learning. Although we use the same books and syllabus for all the students in a class, inclusive teachers make sure that everyone progresses, no matter how challenging it may be for them.

How do teachers create an inclusive classroom?
Teachers use a number of techniques to make sure that all students are learning and progressing. These include:

  • observing students as individuals from the beginning of the year to identify learning needs, and being open when speaking to students about how we can help them.
  • designing differentiated activities, where some students receive prompts/hints to guide them.
  • using students’ names as much as possible, in order to foster a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
  • praising effort as well as correct answers. When students are constantly struggling with work but receiving no praise, they may start to become demotivated and resentful.

How can you support the learning needs of your child?
Children spend an average of 12% of their time at school each year, which means that the majority of their learning takes place outside school.

As parents, it is important to bear in mind your child’s character and attitude to learning in order to have realistic expectations about what and how your child will learn. Understanding your child’s way of learning can have a huge impact on their self-esteem. Praise effort and use positive language when your child encounters difficulties. Allow for breaks when needed and use music or toys if it helps your child focus.

If you are unsure about how to support your child’s learning at home we encourage you to approach their teacher for ideas or visit http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/helping-your-child for more advice on how to help your child reach their full potential.