Latest news and updates for our Kuala Lumpur Young Learner parents - March 2015

2015 Reading Challenge: Mystical Beasts

We have had a fantastic response to the Reading Challenge in our KL centre, with over 500 students taking part. The Reading Challenge will finish in KL on the 12th April, so please encourage your child to get reading if they haven’t read their 6 books!

Damansara students please be on the lookout for information about the Reading Challenge, which will be starting at the Damansara centre later in the year.

Fire drill

In order to keep our students safe, the British Council runs a practice fire drill several times a year with our young learner classes. When the fire alarm sounds, the teachers will line up their classes and walk them to the car park next to the Maya Hotel. Once in the car park, the teachers will check the registers to make sure that all the children are safe. Once all teachers have confirmed all of their students are present and the building is safe, the fire safety officer will give the all clear to return to class.

Parents can help in the fire drill process by following the instructions of British Council staff, exiting the building quickly through the designated fire exits and walking to the car park next to the Maya Hotel. Parents can follow their child’s class to the car park and wait near them, but should ensure their child stays with their class. Please do not take children from their class group during the drill or as they are returning to class.

We thank you for your co-operation in helping us make the British Council a safe environment for your children.

Re-registration for next term

Re-registration has started for next term, so please look for the yellow form your child’s teacher will have given out recently. We encourage all parents to re-register before the 8th March in order to guarantee a place in their current class.

If you would like to change the time or day of your child’s class, you can do this between 9th March and 15th March. From 16th March, we will be accepting registrations from new students, so we would strongly recommend parents to get in early as we cannot guarantee a child’s place in their current class after 9th March.

Parent Workshops

Thank you to all the parents who attended our first workshop for the year. We had an amazing response and look forward to offering more parent workshops next term. Please look out for information about new workshops next term.

Top tips for finding out about your child's studies

At the British Council, we try to keep parents informed about what their child is studying as much as possible. Parents can find out what their child has studied in class by looking at the back of their notebooks or by asking their child about the class.

Asking your child about their class can be a bit challenging in the start, as most children don’t know how to describe what they learnt. Learning to talk about their class can help children understand their progress and give them confidence in their learning. But in the beginning, children might need to be asked the right questions to help them explain themselves.

Here is some advice for helping parents to teach their child to talk about their lessons:

  • Ask about the skills they used in class. For example, “Did you do speak to your teacher or you classmates? What did you speak about?” “Did you read something? What did you read?”
  • Ask them what they enjoy doing in class? “What is your favourite thing to do in class?”, “Do you like songs/ games/ writing?”, “Which activity did you like best from today’s class?”
  • Ask them about what they don’t like in class? “Are there any activities you don’t want to do again?” “Why?”
  • Ask about what they have learned. “Did you find anything challenging today?” “Who can you ask to help if you find something challenging?” By using the word ‘challenging’ rather than ‘difficult’ it can help express that having a challenge in class means you’re learning something and that asking for help is a positive step towards improving.
  • Ask about how they worked as a member of the class? “Did you help your classmates? How?” By asking about teamwork and helping others in class, we can demonstrate to children that these qualities are something we value in learning.

If you would like more support in learning how to talk to your child, you can contact Customer Services to make an appointment to talk to one of the YL team for support.

And finally, did you know that...

  • a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a ‘pangram’. The most famous pangram in English is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
  • the word alphabet is named after the first two letters in the Greek alphabet: alpha and beta.
  • in English, the @ symbol means ‘at’ and is most commonly used in email addresses.