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Mat Wright

NEWS | REGISTRATION | FEATURES

Welcome to the online Newsletter for February 2019.

2019 is now in full swing and we here at the British Council hope you are all enjoying the New Year. This issue includes important updates about changes to our young learner offer, with the launch of our exciting new product Primary Plus. Young learner intensive courses are also fast approaching and there are further details below about this. This month saw the first social event at the British Council and so to celebrate there is information about the quiz and an interview with the two presenters, Tom and Eaint Me. This is only the start of regular events for students, so please keep your eyes open for even more social activities coming soon…

NEWS

Adult Updates and Information

Registration 
Registering for your next English course is now even easier. Payment is now done electronically and you can reserve and pay for multiple adult modules at one time.
Look on the website here to find out more details.

Adult Quiz Event
The first British Council quiz for adults was a huge success! 7 teams of 4 players took part and had to answer questions on a range of general knowledge related topics. The 7 teams were; Honey Stars, Grace, 3+1, Clover, Eagle Eye, Avengers, and Fusion. The winning team was Eagle Eye, who walked away with not only the pride of beating the competition but also the prize of book vouchers for all their team members.

We interviewed some of the teams who were involved for their views and here are some of the things they said.

“The quiz is fun, active, relaxing, and promotes team spirit.” – Eagle Eye

“The quiz was full of excitement!” – 3+1

“Today was enjoyable because the questions made my heart race.” – Clover

“We gained so much knowledge from the quiz.” – Fusion

Team Avengers unfortunately getting an answer wrong.

Team Fusion hard at work

The winning team Eagle Eye with quiz masters Eaint Me and Tom

Keep reading to see our interview with one of the quiz masters Eaint Me and watch out for more adult events coming later in the year.

Young Learner and Young Adult Information

Did you hear ...?

Primary Plus Myanmar is HERE!

The Young Learner and Sales and Customer Management teams launched Primary Plus in a series of parent information sessions a couple of weeks ago.  Over 300 parents of current YL Primary and Tween students heard about our exciting new offer.  They heard about the course design and were impressed by how it has responded to parent feedback about reading skills development and the promotion of independent reading, Cambridge YL exam preparation and 21st Century Skills.

The parents also were introduced to the unique British Council Young Learner magazines designed by British Council Young Learner specialists for the Young Learners in the East Asia region. These are specifically designed for age-based language classes with a teaching methodology based on whole child development. Many features of this cutting-edge course were very new to parents so they had the chance to ask questions about the new course and its content.

Changes to the YL academic year and progression

We are starting our new academic year on 22 April 2019. We hope that this will make it easier for you as parents to plan for the academic year and arrange your child’s classes.

The changes in summary are

  • All existing students Primary, Tween and Secondary students will progress to their next level following our age-based guidelines for these classes.
  • Young Adult students will stay in their current level – or progress to the next level if they have completed 4 terms at this level. All Young Adults who have or will turn 18 by April 22 will be transferred to the Adult Courses for the April term. 

This change also coincides with the launch of our exciting, new YL offer – Primary Plus Myanmar for our Primary and Tween level students.

If you have any questions, please contact our Sales and Customer Management team. Also don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our YL academic team if you would like further information.

Young Learner Summer Intensives

Our Summer Intensive courses are just around the corner!

The course runs from 21 March – 5 April 2019. Classes are offered for Primary, Tween and Secondary age groups and meet Monday through Friday for 2.5 hours.

The theme of the 2019 Summer Intensive course is newspapers. Students will work together through the course to create content for an imaginary publication “The British Council Times”. Topics such as breaking news, sport, fashion, fairy tales and horoscopes will be explored.

Students will improve their English in a fun and engaging way through group work, games and activities that encourage critical thinking and problem solving.

Our Summer Intensive course is a great way to keep your child active and learning through the summer! If you are interested in enrolling your child, talk to customer services to reserve. Spaces are filling up quickly!

REGISTRATION: TERM 1 (23 April - 1 July 2019)

Registration for the April term has already started. We’re extending our opening times to evenings and weekends for the busiest weeks of the term to meet our students’ and parents’ needs.

Our existing students have priority for re-registration on the following dates.

Level Re-reg Dates  Operations hours 
Primary Orange  11 February - 15 February 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
Primary Yellow  25 February - 3 March  8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Primary Green 11 February - 15 February 8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
Tween Orange 18 February - 24 February 8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Tween Yellow 25 February - 3 March 8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Tween Green 4 March - 8 March  8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
Secondary Pre Intermediate 18 February - 24 February 8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Secondary Intermediate 4 February - 15 February 8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
Secondary Upper Intermediate 25 February - 3 March 8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Young Adult Elementary 11 February - 15 February 8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
Young Adult Pre Intermediate 18 February - 24 February 8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Young Adult Intermediate 25 February - 3 March 8.30 a.m – 6.00 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
8:30am – 4.30 p.m. (Saturday - Sunday) 
Young Adult Upper Intermediate 11 February - 15 February 8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
Adult  4 February – 15 February 8.30 a.m – 4.30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 
18 February – 3 March 8.30 a.m – 6:00pm (Monday - Friday) 
8.30 a.m – 4:30pm (Saturday - Sunday) 

Take advantage of this time to register or reserve your place to ensure you can keep improving your English.

From the second week of March 2019, students who have already taken the placement test and are on the waiting list will be contacted by Customer Service in turn. So, we expect our popular times to fill up very quickly. 

FEATURES

THE TIP BOX

Are you looking for a way to improve your learning or help your child improve?

Why not check the learning tips for adults and parents on our webpage or read what our managers, teachers and students have to say below.

Our focus this month is how to use quizzes to improve your English skills. Below are some recommendations and experiences from teachers and students here at the British Council.

Tom, ADULT COORDINATOR AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL MYANMAR SAYS

Quizzes are a great way to practise your English and not only with last week’s British Council Quiz Night. You could also think about creating your own quizzes to review grammar or vocabulary you have studied in class or about topics you have read about in English. By doing this you can pick out and focus on language or topics that are new or difficult for you, so it is personalised and is related to your likes and needs. It’s also a way to practise your English without doing typical writing. If you do write some quiz questions, share them with your classmates and teacher to see get some feedback on your quiz master skills. 

Find out more about Tom here or continue reading for a more in-depth interview. 

Mon, BRITISH COUNCIL INTERMEDIATE STUDENT SAYS

‘At the end of last course my teacher made us create grammar and vocabulary for what we had learned in the course. We looked at the things we found difficult or couldn’t remember and then made quiz questions to test our classmates knowledge. I really enjoyed the activity because it made me review what I had learned in a fun and interesting way’.

Staff Interview

For this issue of our regular staff interviews we spoke to Eaint Me, one of the quiz masters from last week’s quiz event.

 Hi Eaint Me, how are you?
I’m great thanks!

Where are you from?
I’m from Yangon and I live in Insein, which is a little far from the British Council.

What do you like about Yangon?
That’s a tricky** question. I really like the food and going down to the river to watch the world go by.

What do you like doing in your free time?
I really like reading, watching films and hanging out** with friends. I’m especially keen on** comedies and things that make me laugh.

What do you like most about working for the British Council?
I find it a really fun and engaging place to work. My colleagues** are really driven, inspiring people and are always supportive to each other. Also, the British Council has allowed me to develop as a teacher and take my career to the next level**.

How did you and Tom (the other quiz presenter) go about choosing the questions for the quiz?
We were given five main topics and then we created the questions in connection to these topics. The key was coming up** with questions that were interesting and engaging for the adults. For example, with the music category we thought it would be fun to play the start of a song and then have the contestants** decide what the song was. 

What was the response from the students who took part in the quiz?
The students really liked it. They found the questions fun and engaging. They enjoyed all the different rounds** but the celebrity and music topics proved most popular.

Finally, Eaint me can you tell the readers something interesting about yourself that many people don’t know?
Actually, I’m really good at acting. I love taking on a character and pretending to be someone different. Probably, if I hadn’t become a teacher, I would have chosen to be an actress. 

Vocabulary definitions

Tricky = something that is a little bit difficult

Keen on = something that you like or enjoy

Colleagues = the people who you work with

Come up (with) = to create or think of something new

Contestants = the people who take part in a competition or game

Rounds = the different parts or sections of a quiz or competition

Quiz

How many of these questions about this month’s issue of the newsletter can you remember?

  1. What is the name of the new Young Learner product being launched in April?
  2. What team won the adult quiz event last week?
  3. How many teams took part in the quiz?
  4. What are the names of the two new teachers at the British Council Yangon?
  5. What does Eaint Me say about the people she works with?
  6. Where job would she liked to have done instead of teaching?