THE LANGUAGE House has a new home.
Established in Malaysia in 1990, The Language House recently moved into a new three-storey centre in Damansara Jaya next to The Atria, after undergoing a million-ringgit facility facelift.
It now offers language learners 30 university-style air-conditioned classrooms, an international library, a broadband-ready computer laboratory and a state-of-the-art multimedia mini theatre.
“The new centre is built to meet world class learning environment standards and to offer students a comfortable, sophisticated and fun place to acquire a new language,” said The Language House director John Davis.
Students can choose to pick up any of the nine languages and dialects offered – English, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa Malaysia, Arabic, French, German or Spanish – all under one roof.
The centre has successfully trained over 40,000 students in the past 15 years through its curriculum focus and activity based methods.
Various techniques are adopted at The Language House to facilitate student learning, including role play, language games, model dialogues, group sharing and individual coaching. Students also get to enjoy international movie screenings.
“Language learning is skill-based, not knowledge based,” said Davis.
“This means that practice is critical to developing the confidence to speak and understand a language.
“We have our own teaching methodology – called the Build Up method – to help students practice grammatical patterns and manipulate sentences until these skills become automatic.
“Our students are exposed to as many ‘real-life’ conversation scenarios as possible during their time at the centre so that they can speak and understand better, and subsequently, write and converse without fear,” he adds.
Besides the importance of using the right methodology, Davis also emphasises the importance of the “people” factor in assisting language learning.
He believes that cultivating and maintaining an open-minded learning environment – where students treat teachers as friends – actually helps students to grasp the language faster as they engage in conversations both in and out of the classroom.
The Language House also works together with private and public universities to help foreign students brush up on their English and Bahasa Malaysia in preparation for their education here.
International students make up 50% of total student enrolment. The majority of the international students come from Japan, Korea, the Middle East, Poland, Croatia, France, Austria, the United States and other parts of Europe.