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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

British Council Malaysia Open Day - What To Expect

On 26 November we wrote a post about the British Council Open Days to help parents register now to join British Council Young Learner English courses for ages 5 to 17, starting 9 January 2016

The open days are held simultaneously at all British Council Centres in Malaysia including the Kuala Lumpur and Mutiara Damansara branches on 5 & 6, 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 December 2015.

We just came from attending the British Council Open Day at Mutiara Damansara. In this post, we would like to bring you some tips to make your trip for the open day a beneficial one.

Why You Should Attend An Open Day

Open Days are insightful. It is a good way for you to get a feel for a centre and to get answers. You get to view the facilities and talk to the teachers.

If you are hunting for an English language centre for your child, you should make it a point to drop by for the British Council open day. We went early to take some photos of the activities at the open day before the crowd. British Council is very popular in Malaysia as any Malaysian parents believe learning English is important and useful.

We had the opportunity to attend the Parents Workshop and discovered that the teaching strategies are very different from what our children are exposed to in our public schools. Children will receive good exposure in learning English in this manner. They are encouraged to work together in teams on projects. It will benefit and help the kids not only in school work but in overall communication and living skills. Some parents mentioned that the fees were pricey, so we checked and found it to be not much more than what you would pay for a home tutor or a music lesson so why not for English?

You can view our photo collage below. These are some of the open day activities put together for your child and you.

British Council Open Day Activities

Tips on how to get the most out of the British Council Malaysia Open Day

  • Arrive early and bring your child (You may like your child to sit for an assessment to find out his level). This may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on his age. British Council Malaysia has several levels for each age grouping (5-9, 10-12, 13-15 & 16-17). Once you find out your child's level, you can speak to the customer service about the 2016 class schedules and fees
  • While your child is doing the assessment, make sure you sit in the Parents Workshop. This is an excellent way to find out more about the centre and what happens in the British Council classrooms as the teacher patiently explains their teaching methods and approaches
  • Remember to ask questions and speak to the teachers and customer service staff. This is the best time to ask questions as all the staff at the centre have put aside this day to specially attend to you and your queries. That is what an Open Day is all about, so make the most of it!
  • Browse around and have a look at the workbooks being displayed. Read the notices. Read up about the teachers.
  • Let your child attend the activities that have been organized including the storytelling, treasure hunt, arts and crafts, face and finger painting
  • Have fun!
Workbooks and Students Work being displayed at British Council Mutiara Damansara
If you missed the 5 & 6 December one, you can still attend the British Council Malaysia Open Days on 12 & 13 and 19 & 2 December 2015. Time: 11am to 4pm on all days.

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