A few decades ago, Shah Alam was an area full of plantation and manufacturing factories. When the first public university, University institute Technology MARA (UiTM) was built in 1967, Shah Alam had been developed at a more advanced pace as more people started to migrate there.

Today, Shah Alam has become the administrative centre for the state of Selangor with 617,149 of total population in only 290.3km2 of the total area. It all started with 1 university, but today, there are a total of 5 universities, more than 10 colleges, international schools and hundreds of public schools in Shah Alam. 

Shah Alam is not like any other administrative state where urbanization and development tend to eliminate most of the green areas in the city. Instead, Shah Alam is one of the well-developed green cities that is filled with many leisure and outdoors activities such as hiking, go-karting, rope climbing at the extreme park, various street arts in most of the commercial areas and more. 

Most of the residents in Shah Alam work in Kuala Lumpur, and even Putrajaya (the administrative state of Malaysia) due to its distance of approximately 25-30km.

Therefore, the majority of the people who live in Shah Alam are mainly professionals, government workers, businessmen and students! Go here to find an English tutor in George Town.

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An image of Shah Alam from a few years ago when it was still a developing city.

Why do you need to learn English? We will let you know in our next section. Find out here if you are looking for ESOL classes in Petaling Jaya.

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What is The Importance Of English (ESOL) in Shah Alam?

Have you ever noticed that many kindergarten and pre-school offer English medium as the communicative language

If you don't, you should take a look around you. There should be at least 1 pre-school in each neighborhood or we call it ‘seksyen’ or section in Shah Alam.

As an example, Q-Dees, a well recognized pre-school located in Seksyen 11 has been using English as the medium of communication and even the syllabus has been tailored to prepare kids to be able to understand English at a young age. 

Is it so important to learn English at an early age? 

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Children had been exposed to English from an early age and they have a greater capacity to learn compared to adults. (Source: Unsplash)

In this fast paced era, English has been used widely around the globe. You should know that the world of politics and economics has been dominated by English speaking countries. We should prepare the younger generation to learn a second, third or fourth language. 

Considering Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-language country with Bahasa Malaysia as a National Language, it is not impossible for kids from the next generation to be able to speak at least 3 languages!

How to do that? Nurture them from a young age. 

Anak-anak ibarat kain putih, ibu bapalah yang akan mencorakkannya”

-Malay Proverb-

Just like the Malay Proverb translated as ‘children are like a piece of white cloth, and parents are the one responsible to help them create a masterpiece’. If you help your kids by starting their English education as early as possible, they might be able to go further in life.

What about adults who can’t communicate in English at all?

Don't panic! English surely is hard if you don't know how to start from the basics. There are many different English tutoring classes and learning centres that are specifically designed for adults in Shah Alam that you can enroll in too. Besides that, you can also find an experienced English tutor to teach you. 

You can read more on who should to learn ESOL in Kuala Lumpur

Who Should Take ESOL Class in Shah Alam? 

Before, we have touched on the topic of adults who aren’t able to speak English fluently. What can we do about them? 

First, we need to understand the different types of English. In Malaysia, we started learning English formally at the age of 7. The English curriculum has been developed to help student’s master the English language up to the age of 17. 

However, if you have a strong command in English grammar, learning English at school will be enough for you. Malaysian syllabus has everything that it needs to help you learn English. However, the fluency levels will still depend on each individual. 

Meanwhile, if you are a bilingual or trilingual speaker who needs someone to assist you with grammar, you can take ESOL especially in grammar and writing. If you want to improve your pronunciation and understanding native English speakers, you can take ESOL Listening and Speaking Class. 

You can see that ESOL is designed to cater to each student’s individual needs. So you should know how to determine and evaluate your need and level and when you or your children should start taking ESOL

ESOL can be taken at an early age or even at the age of 40. The numbers are not a main problem. ESOL courses for children can take up to 5-6 years while for adults, it can take a maximum of 3 years to be fluent in English. 

You can learn more on the differences between ESOL, ESL and English in Ipoh, here. 

How to Learn English and Be Fluent by Yourself?

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Self study requires discipline! Set a goal to motivate yourself to push forward to the end goal. (Source: Pexels)

You know, learning a new language can be daunting for both students or parents. Here are a few tips that you can keep in your book on how to learn English and how to improve your English Speaking, Reading and Writing skills in the most effective ways while enjoying the journey. 

1. Set Goals 

Ask yourself the three why’s

  • Why do you want to learn English? 
  • Why do you need to be fluent in English? 
  • Why is English important to your future?

Some people learn English to further their tertiary study. While others need to be able to have English speaking skills for the sake of their businesses and many others, for their own personal or professional growth. 

When you have identified your goal, you might be able to focus on which areas in English that you need to improve. Then you can design the best way to help you achieve your goals. 

2. Everyday 10-10 to 100 new Vocabularies!

Write up 10 new vocabularies that you hear or read in a book. Then find another 10 synonyms for the new words and you’ll end up with 100 new vocabularies each day! 

The more vocabulary that you know, the more fluent you’ll be in your English. 

3. Get a diary or write a journal

This is a really classic way of learning English. However, since we are now in the 21st century, you can try to write blogs or social media status in English. Never use google translate as that is not an accurate translation. 

This will help you in expressing your thoughts and at the same time, improve on your spelling. 

4. Binge Watching English Movies

Do you like to watch movies? Try watching a one-hour English series or movie every day with or without English subtitles. This will help with your sentence construction and listening skills

If not, you can also watch a movie in your native language with English subtitles so you’ll know how they say the sentences in English. 

5. Read Everything English

Start to read all the English news articles, story books and even recipes! You can start to read an easy and shorter book and move your way up to longer books with more extensive vocabularies. 

While reading, you can read it aloud in order to improve your pronunciation. You can find a peer or an English teacher to listen to your reading too. 

Harry Potter and The Hunger Game is a book that is suitable for all ages. Try to read it!

6.Keep English Dictionary Apps in your phone

Taking a mobile dictionary with you will help you whenever you encounter complex or hard words. Make a dictionary your best friend. Try to understand the context of the word before you check it in the dictionary. 

7. Chat and converse with native speakers

Starting a conversation with a native speaker will give you a sense of the real English intonation, speed and inflection. 

If you don't have anyone to talk to, try to look for an English tutor or English teacher to help you out. 

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Where is the Top English as Second Language (ESOL) Learning Centre in Shah Alam?

The English Learning Centres in Shah Alam have courses made for all ages. Though the fees will differ according to the duration of the course and the expertise of the English teacher. 

Here is the top English Learning Centre available for both adults and kids in Shah Alam.

  • English Training Centre, TTDI
  • Smart Way English, Setia Alam
  • Unique English Classroom
  • Cambridge English for Life (CEFL)
  • British Council

“Start where you are,

Use what you have,

So what you can”

-Arthur Ashe-

In following the global trend to be fluent in English as a means to succeed and survive in the current time or future, we should always know when to start learning and how we can do that. You can find out more about ESOL courses in Malaysia.

Don't fret if the schedule set for the English classes doesn't fit you or the fees are too high to pay. There are many options available. One of them is by looking into Superprof!

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