From Korea, with Love


English, once taught by western tourist to Asian countries has now become central to the pursuit of knowledge by many people from Asia due to increased globalization.

In fact, the study of English language is so popular that many East Asian countries are actively sending students out to study the language and Malaysia is one such destination for such students.

Now it’s not uncommon to find non-western teachers teaching English and the term native speaker is almost redundant as the fluency of English teachers in Asian countries are starting to match that of traditional English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S.A. and the U.K.

In December 2007, a batch of 24 students from Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gyeongbuk, Korea came to Malaysia to study at ELS Language Centre, Kuala Lumpur. They attended the January intake from the 2nd till the 25th Jan.

This was part of the Edu-Tourism Learning Programme promoted by Malaysia Tourism Board. This programme was a great success. Their mentor, Oh Hyeong Kwon, Ph.D, Associate Professor Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Kumoh National Institute of Technology expressed his gratitude towards ELS for giving his students the confidence to speak English and the unique experience to learn English with different nationalities.

Some of these 24 students came with very little knowledge of English. After doing a placement test, they were put in their appropriate levels. Completing an intensive month of learning English, most of them were able to converse in English confidently. Below is some of the feedback given by them during their graduation ceremony in front of the students at ELS Language Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

“I had a wonderful time learning English in ELS and met many foreign students. I also saw many of the beautiful sites of Malaysia. I’m satisfied because I’ve gained various experiences and will return back home with some beautiful memories,” said Sim Hye Rim.

“I was afraid of speaking English to foreigners. ELS has given me the confidence. I will miss ELS and Malaysia,” said Ryu Sun Woong.

ELS English Language Centres conduct numerous courses ranging from full-time to part time such as Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP), Communicative English Programme (CEP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and many more.

The Intensive English Programme is ideal for university-bound students, professionals with a limited time for study and serious students who want to learn English quickly. Many universities and colleges worldwide accept the CIEP certificate in place of TOEFL/IELTS for entry requirements. The full-time course is structured to accelerate learning with maximum time spent in ELS. 30 hours of intensive English classes a week enables you to reach your academic and career goals in the shortest time possible. Listening, Structure, Speaking, Reading and Writing are the main skills taught.

– Jagjeet Kaur, ELS KL

For more information about the courses, do drop in at your nearest branch or call us at 03-21665530.