2018 | Quarter 4

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Malakoff Fosters English Language Proficiency in Mukim Serkat

Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff), a member of MMC Group, held an educational series entitled, “English is Fun” on 10 and 28 November and 12 December 2018 at Masjid Al-Amin, Kampung Sungai Dinar, Mukim Serkat, Johor as part of its 2018 CSR Education Programme in Mukim Serkat that was launched in March this year.

The programme, aimed to foster the usage of the English language among the local community by implementing an engaging and fun learning method, was led by five volunteers from Malakoff who acted as facilitators for the programme. The programme that attracted more than 50 participants was not limited only to students, as adults who looked to improve their English proficiency were also present.

The first session was meant to gauge the participants’ basic grammar knowledge and understanding of words by conducting activities such as the “Ice Breaker” and “What Am I?”.

The activities in the second session of the series were more focussed on building the participants’ self-confidence in speaking the language. One of the activities conducted was giving a set of dialogues to the participants and as each pair stood up to converse, they were guided by the facilitators on their pronunciations and grammar, while the rest learnt by listening to their friends.

As the series reached its finale, the class were given more listening and talking practices to increase their levels of confidence. The last activity of the session involved the groups being given a map each where they had to give directions on how to get from point A to point B. The level of teamwork and commitment displayed by the participants were truly inspiring as most groups managed to finish the task on time and carry out their presentation with confidence.

Commenting on the programme, Ilhan Hafiy from Kampung Sungai Dinar said, “We hardly converse in English at home or in school mostly due to the fear of being laughed at for speaking in English. This programme made me feel less intimidated and I will certainly use the skills that I learnt here to speak in English more in the future. ”