70 underprivileged students comprising 14 to 18 year olds from seven schools within the Klang Valley, graduated recently from the US Embassy’s English Access Microsholarship Programme which was conducted in partnership with ELS Language Centres
The Access Microscholarship Programme is a collaborative effort by ELS Language Centres Malaysia and the US Embassy to promote English language learning, along with American culture and values, among Malaysian youths.
The aim of this course is to improve the general English proficiency of the students using the ELS teaching methodology and materials. Lessons were conducted by qualified and experienced ELS teachers, and the programme was monitored by ELS’ Curriculum and Training Unit. With this programme, students preparing for SPM/PMR exams will benefit from its strong focus in strengthening their foundation in the English language.
U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones added, “The word “access” means that the program gave students both—“access” to English, and through English, “access” to broader world. The program enables students to engage, to experience another way of communication and interaction with others. Students can consider English the “back-stage pass” to knowledge, entertainment and opportunity. However, having English alone is not sufficient for students to succeed. But having dedicated to learning English, students would have also learned some of the very important skills that will help them succeed.”
The ACCESS program graduation seemed to prove their spirit working as a team. The students planned the performances and activities. A group of Pre-Intermediate 1 and 2 students volunteered to perform on the break dance meanwhile another groups of students volunteered to perform on the fashion show and Indian traditional dance.
ELS is dedicated through the development of the community through its many initiatives such as this programme.