The craft of good English

Focus Area


Short Description

The project consists of three workshops where participants are guided to the essentials of writing and communicating in good English
How to write well? This question defies a simple or quick answer. Whatever else writing is – fun, exciting, rewarding – it is not easy, because writing requires patience and hard work.
What is good writing? Basically, good writing is clear, concise, simple and to the point. It should transmit information, ideas and emotions to the reader clearly and without unnecessary embellishment.
The participants to the proposed courwill be charged low, affordable fee

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The Project

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The use of English in Malaysia remains a major problem, and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed wants the country’s civil servants to improve their English competency. Civil servants have to engage with local and foreign organizations, and they must therefore have a good command of English to discuss and negotiate effectively., The same problem can be observed among administrators in other public and private organizations.
The challenge is to make available short, effective courses that could refresh or upgrade the level of written English. This would give those participating the confidence to continue to more advanced levels including speaking in English.

While there are several existing English language institutions and programmes, the learning period for such courses require months and even years, are expensive, and employ methods that are out of date and uninteresting.

Students are also not sufficiently motivated or inspired to learn or even attend English language classes. They sometimes see a hopeless situation of lifting themselves from their low competency level of the language.


This proposed course was originally designed and delivered to staff of Fullerton Hotel, Singapore and later to Research Assistants of the Malaysian Chinese Research Centre, University of Malaya. It was developed by a group of consultant teachers who have taught a 3-week English language course for senior civil servants in Myanmar and Laos.

Target Beneficiary

The immediate target beneficiary will be administrative staff at New Era University College, those in the public and private sectors, and interested members from the public. Each class will be limited to 20 participants

Impact Parameters

We believe that after guiding the three proposed groups of participants, subsequent cohorts of student having similar problems will be helped by the new English language problems
They will then become more competent and confident in using the language and when engaging in discussion and negotiations with foreign officials.
Eventually the proposed English language teaching method would be replicated for the benefit of a larger number in the public and private sector.

Project Endorsement


The supporters will be administrators who need or want to raise their level of English language competency
The management of New Era University College is keen that the project succeed. The management members include the Vice-chancellor Dr Mok Soon Cong, and the two deputy Vice-chancellors Prof Voon Phin Keong and Prof Lee Kam Hing

Project Needs

Type of help needed


Project Cost

RM 31,000

Describe Needs

Cost for project as below:

DescriptionPrice/Unit (RM)QuantityAmount (RM)
Consultation and tuition fee 3506021,000
Marketing and administration 4,00015,000
Total cost31,000


The English language course will start in October 2018 and there will be classes for three groups in that month.

Voting start date: 21/06/2018

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