16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) -- The Special Innovation Unit (Unik) under the Prime Minister's Department has brought the e-English project to the community's doorstep, as part of its aim to teach English to communities via online.

About 40 residents of the Enggang Apartment in Puchong, Selangor are learning not only computer skills but online English in a 30-foot air-conditioned 'container' classroom placed at their playground, said Richmond-on-Thames and Prima New Zealand in a joint statement today.

In February this year, Unik Executive Vice President Steve Maskell initiated this project and worked alongside Mary Gill, Executive Director of Richmond-on-Thames, to bring to fruition the vision of teaching English to communities in low-income areas.

According to the statement, the Enggang Apartment project is a three-month programme for 40 participants from this community only.

To ensure their commitment, the participants are charged RM10 per face to face class and RM60 for the entire three-month online programme.

The classroom will have 20 computers and the selected residents have a choice of attending the morning or afternoon sessions for three and a half hours, divided from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.

Students can access the online activities 24/7 to do their language activities online whenever they are free.

The statement said while this programme did not profess to make the students proficient in the language in three months, what it does was to provide an opportunity to listen to and speak English in a stress-free environment.