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The English School Syllabus: A UK Heritage in Malaysia

International student education systems using the British school model as framework to instruction focus on the United Kingdom’s best practices to private K-10, college and vocational education administration. Prince of Wales International School (POWIIS) is part of the growing number of private schools in Malaysia. Educational and institutional goals at POWIIS reflect those proscribed under international school policies. The English school approach to teaching and instruction design of school syllabi is one of annotated planning.

Reference to British education policies on curriculum, resources and teaching of pupils is relevant to the implementation of school syllabi in private, international schools in Malaysia. POWIIS follows this rubric in preparation of students to standardized testing, evaluation and entrance to higher education institutions. English schools syllabi are evaluated according to the UK’s College Learning Effectiveness Inventory (CLEI). The assessment analyses data about progress and perception of instructional methods by administrators, faculty and students.

In part to the UK Education Act of 2002, compulsory application of instructional guidelines to school instruction require that for each subject taught, key stages and programs of study must be followed. Key Stages refer to four phases in pupil education, commencing with Key Stage 1: Ages 5 to 7 years and completing with Key Stage 4: Ages 14-16 years. The Act advises what pupils should be taught with attainment targets. Instruction is the sole decision of schools and their programs of study.

The history of English school priorities is prefaced by the birth of the modern British public school system in 1938. Establishment of the Local Education Authorities (LEA) outlined in a Report to Parliament provides rules on matriculation of students: 1) grammar, 2) secondary modern, and 3) technical. Equal opportunities for children of all backgrounds are part of the scope of new liberties to follow the legislation.

UK civic education legislation amendment was ratified after the Education Act of 1944, and as a result of Education Bill HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol. 396 cc207-322 207 § Order of Second Reading, laid the foundation for modern international schools abroad. The Education Act of 1944 was followed by similar legislative enacted as policy in Scotland in 1945, which ensures free secondary education to all Scots.

Prince of Wales International School is British international school in Malaysia guided by England’s school policy and practice. Mandate for equitable education and the highest caliber of school instruction for all students is recognized.

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Common Mistakes Made During the IELTS Writing Section by Real Ingenious Academic

As an IELTS teacher, whenever I set a writing practice, I am constantly presented with identical mistakes in every essay I mark.  I find myself making the same corrections and comments all the time. So I’ve put together some of the most common mistakes I come across when marking my IELTS students essays.

1)     Incorrect articles – a, an, the.

2)     Incorrect prepositions or they are simply not used at all. This is tricky as there are no rules for prepositions so you just need to go away and learn them.

3)     Students write “In this essay I will write about” – one of my pet peeves.

4)     Mixing up their tenses.

5)     Overusing ambiguous pronouns such as ‘it’ and ‘they’, until the point I have no idea what they are referring to. There should always be a clear noun.

6)     Incorrect comparatives, for example they write ‘more smarter’ instead of ‘smarter’

If you want to get a good score on your IELTS writing make sure you avoid all of these common mistakes as best you can.

This exam revision guide is proudly contributed by Ms. Natalie from Real Ingenious Academician Group. Read more great articles from Real Ingenious Blogspot or join Real Ingenious Facebook for latest tips.

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8 facts about IELTS listening section

  1. The answer is often said louder and clearer than the rest of the recording.
  2. The answer is often repeated or spelled out.
  3. Expect the unexpected … the speaker might start saying something and then bringing up something totally different. Listen carefully to the last word he/she says. The last word counts!
  4. Underlying the key words in the questions helps you to stay focused while listening to the recording.
  5. Drawing a line below the last question that is mentioned in the instruction, for example: “Look at questions 6-10”, will prevent you from getting lost or distracted by looking further before it’s necessary.
  6. After listening to the recording, you will have 10 minutes for copying your answers from your worksheets to the answer sheet.
  7. It’s a good idea to practice spelling and saying numbers. Both these skills are very likely to be tested in that section of IELTS.
  8. You shouldn’t panic. Embrace the challenge!

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Best International Schools in Penang

If you are a parent that lives in Penang or surrounding areas there are several top international schools that you can chose for your child to attend. Education is extremely important and it is important for you to chose the school that best fits the needs of your child. This article will feature the best international schools in Penang.

1. The International School of Penang (Uplands) was established in 1955. This is a top-notch international boarding school serving Penang and surrounding areas. The school is open to students ages 5-18 years old. The International School of Penang is an EDEXCEL approved center.

2. St. Christopher’s International Primary School (SCIPS) was established in 1963. The school proudly educates children of 32 different nationalities. SCIPS has developed a balanced British curriculum to cater to its diverse international body of students. The school serves nearly 600 students from ages 3to 11+ grouped into over 28 classes with a cap of 25 students per classroom.

3. Fairvew International School Penang (FISP) has highly qualified teachers and staff with culturally diverse backgrounds. FISP is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) world school that serves students from primary to middle year programs. The school offers the IB program for students ages 5-17.

4. Tenby International School (TIS) vision is “A United World at Peace – Through Education.” TIS was founded in 1960, but a new branch established in Penang in 2005 to cater to the local community. Students are taught to be globally minded lifelong learners. The school serves over 1,400 students ranging from the early years to secondary years.

5. The Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS) was founded in 2011. POWIIS is on the fast track to becoming one of the top British international schools serving Penang and the surrounding areas. The school offers scholarships based on academic performance. POWIIS believes in treating each student as an individual. The school follows a traditional British curriculum. More info can be found by visiting http://www.powiis.edu.my/

Every parent desires the best possible education for their child. Students need to learn to expand their horizons and to develop the necessary skills to compete and interact with their peers on an international level. Take your time and consider which international school in Penang is the perfect choice for your child’s eager mind.

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CLP As Optional Career Path for Law Graduates

I’ve been studying law for a number of years, but only recently did I encounter the term CLP or Certificate in Legal Practice. Apparently, you need a good foundation course in law to pass the course and examination. I was unsure if my foundation in law was sufficient for me to have my CLP. This is taken by foreign university law graduates. Since law opens different career options, a CLP or a Certificate in Legal Practice is one of the tools in order to pursue a profession related to law. If you’re a law graduate from another country and you want to be a qualified advocate and solicitor in Malaysia, taking up the CLP is the best course of action for you. I was wondering if this was also a good option for me to take. Though, I never considered relocating and living in Malaysia before, I am definitely thinking about it now. I printed the information I looked up online using my new Samsung CLP 620 printer.

If you are a university graduate from United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, then you are allowed by the board to take the exam. The process isn’t easy. The CLP does not mean you are a certified lawyer. Being a lawyer is different from having a Certificate in Legal Practice, because after having this, you will still need to apprentice somewhere and then after a couple of months, you will be qualified to become an advocate and solicitor after the BAR.

I was having second thoughts as to whether this was going to be a smart choice for me. If I stay in my country, I do not need to go through all those hassle. Law school is difficult enough to finish, having the CLP as my goal is an added stress. Also, if I can go directly to taking the BAR exams, then I would be a certified lawyer.


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