Finding English Classes in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is an international city filled with English learners of all ages and skill levels. English classes can be found all over the sprawling city, at all levels and prices. Private colleges are a good place to start your search for an English class that matches your skill level. If you are an international student you may enroll in classes at a Malaysian school. This is usually the best option as there are many classes available. When you first land in Kuala Lumpur, head over to the nearest “international school” and ask around. The internet can also be a great resource to find English classes; however, it’s better to do the legwork yourself. 

If you prefer a more hands-on approach, there are many English tutors available for hire. Check the boards at private colleges for tutors. Ask professors if they teach privately. Talk to current students and survey their opinions about classes and teachers. The best resource for international students looking for English classes in KL are students themselves. Use their experience to shorten your quest for an English class that is challenging and fun. When hiring a tutor, feedback from prior and current students is extremely important. You want to find someone you can trust and who has a good reputation as an English tutor. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential tutor for references. 

You need to keep a few things in mind when shopping for an English tutor. The first is skill level. Modern second-language acquisition theory endorses the “+1” approach to language learning. Whatever your skill level, you should seek a tutor or class that is just above, or “+1,” your comprehension. You won’t advance in your comprehension of English if your teacher or tutor has less ability with English than you do. You should understand most of what your tutor or teacher says, but not all. Unless your English class is challenging. Beware of private tutors who “dumb down” their English with students. It’s a waste of money to pay for classes that don’t push your understanding of English to the next level. On the other hand, you don’t want a tutor that will teach above your skill level. The mark of a good English teacher, whether in class or one-on-one, is the ability to mirror the skill level of his or her students. Get out there, ask questions and don’t be shy.

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