Interaction with learners

British Council plans to reopen education centers for young learners

The British Council in Sri Lanka is preparing to reopen its teaching centers for face-to-face classes on January 7, 2022 in Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Matara.

After a considerable period of closure due to the pandemic, students and teachers are eager to return to classrooms to resume face-to-face learning.

“Since the start of the pandemic, all of our courses have been online to make sure our students don’t miss their English learning journey. They also participated in sessions with our online teachers with activities such as Keep Fit and Fun, baking, crafts, storytelling, quiz nights, yoga and conversation clubs. With the closure of mainstream schools, this interaction with peers as well as the opportunities to try out new skills has been essential for the well-being of our young learners, ”said the Council.

“As we moved online this year, our young learners in Sri Lanka celebrated their success as winners of the British Council’s International Public Speaking Competition and Global Art Competition. British Council teaching centers around the world. This term, students connected with students in Spain, Taiwan and Korea to make new friendships and learn about their cultures and way of life, ”he added.

British Council Sri Lanka Deputy Head and Head of Education Helen Sykes said: ‘All of our students had a lot of fun and learned as much as they did in our classrooms, but we know a lot of our learners really missed their face-to-face class face-to-face learning and a significant number paused their learning with us while waiting for us to come back face to face to continue their learning with us. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction, and it works wonders in building confidence and oral skills in language learning. We know from the feedback that our students and parents feel comfortable and ready to return to our classrooms and therefore, with all government safety guidelines in place, we are really excited and looking forward to it. to welcome back alumni and new students to our four British Council teaching is focusing on the island very soon. ”

“Each year, the British Council teaches more than 100 million students around the world over our centuries of teaching in more than 100 countries. In Sri Lanka we teach all levels from 3 to 18 years old. We are also looking forward to reopening face to face for our adult learners in 2022. It is quick and easy to register for our courses with level check and online consultation. to make sure we put you in the correct class before you register.

“Our products, developed by our international teams of experts and taught by experienced teachers, use a methodology that focuses on more than just language skills. We focus on the development of leadership and collaborative skills, critical thinking skills, digital literacy and independent learning in a relaxed environment where our students can be themselves and have fun while learning. Students who join the British Council are part of a global network of English learners from all over the world with opportunities to interact with their peers in classrooms around the world integrated into our curriculum. In addition to our courses for young learners, we organize events in our library, global competitions and a variety of fun and free online activities to have fun in English with our expert teachers. Our premises are a safe and secure space for children; a place to safely meet and interact with peers and develop self-confidence in an inclusive, diverse and fun learning environment, ”said the Council.

One parent said: “My son’s experience at the British Council has been amazing. Not only have I witnessed a massive and exponential growth in his English both spoken and written, but I have also seen his confidence and mastery of this language develop. This is the only class my son is looking forward to. I believe it is this passion for learning English that the British Council has imbued in him through the relaxed, fun and engaging environment therein that is responsible for its improvement. Our preschool classes, “Learning Time with Timmy,” developed in collaboration with Oscar winner Aardman Animations, are extremely popular with toddlers and their parents. Fun and interactive, we offer weekly lessons for children aged three, four and five.

Our “Primary Plus” course for ages 6 to 11 focuses on developing your child’s creativity so that they can express themselves with a confidence that goes beyond their English skills. Our “Secondary Plus” course for 12 to 16 year olds is packed with content and skills to build confidence and help your child reach their full potential in their future young adulthood.