Kedah, Alor Setar, 27 June 2013 – 120 Sekolah Ugama Maktab Mahmud form 5 students discovered that with the right mindset, they too can speak English confidently. The key is in having the right mindset and attitude towards the language and to drop the fear of being afraid of what people might say or how people might tease them.
The lucky students had that discovery through a 2-day fun-filled workshop called ‘JustSpeak: Developing Confidence with English’ – a programme sponsored by UMW Corporation as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
The programme ran for 2 days at Maktab Mahmud Alor Setar for 120 students who came from all 12 schools around Kedah. They include Baling, Sik, Yan, Pendang, Merbok, Bandar Bharu, Padang Terap, Kulim, Langkawi , Pokok Sena, Kuala Muda and Alor Setar.
Nur Syazana Bt Mohd Fauzi, 15, said, ‘I learned to be confident to speak in public. The JustSpeak programme showed me how to be more confident and overcome my fear of speaking in English with the public’. Syahman Zakiri Bin Noor Arman, 14, said, ‘I learned to be confident and brave as well as not to be shy’.
The workshop incorporates Accelerated Learning methodology coupled with some NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques that are fun and easy to follow by the students. The JustSpeak programme has been conducted over the past 4 years all over the country, raising the confidence level of teachers, corporate executives and students. The JustSpeak programme has since raised the confidence level of thousands of participants who were once shy to speak.
Background on UMW
The UMW Group is an international conglomerate that develops industries, manages partnerships and facilitates growth. It is involved in four core businesses – Automotive, Equipment, Manufacturing & Engineering, and Oil & Gas.
Adopting its rallying call – Beyond Boundaries®, UMW is set to play a leading role in shaping the future of its industries globally. The Group will do this by inspiring vibrant ideas, nurturing potential, pioneering partnerships and delivering excellence in everything it does; the rewards of which will contribute to the progress and well-being of its stakeholders.