The programme, initiated by Perak Women for Women (PWW) to help disadvantaged women master the English language, was a success. The three-month English Language Communication Skills Training Course, conducted in collaboration with CIMB Bank, will proceed with its second intake soon.
Norhafizah Zainal Abidin, in her 30s, a bank clerk from Bandar Sri Iskandar, believed she made a wise decision by signing up for the short course. It has boosted her confidence in communicating in the English language, something which has eluded her before.
“Working in a bank, I’ve to deal with the public on a daily basis. Thus, it’s important to master the English language. After going through the course, I am more confident and comfortable speaking to customers,” she told Ipoh Echo.
Shanthi, 44, a housewife from Buntong, was pleased to be given the opportunity to attend the course. Thanking the organisers, particularly PWW, for helping disadvantaged women, she commented that previously the society had only assisted those with social problems.
“It’s a huge loss for those who missed this course. I’ve benefited from it tremendously,” she said. “The teachers are not only dedicated but are also committed.”
A graduation ceremony for the 31 participants of first English Language Communication Skills Training 2014 was held at the society’s office along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (Tiger Lane), Ipoh on Saturday, April 5. Successful participants received a certificate of attendance each, which was presented by PWW President, Halida Mohd Ali.
Chan Kam Wan, 37, a freelance graphic designer from Taman Cempaka, was adjudged the best overall student. She commended the dedication of the teachers, saying, “Their patience helped us have a better understanding of the English language. The course is of benefit not only to disadvantaged women but to career women as well. A good command of the English language helps improves work performance.” She hoped more women would sign up for subsequent courses. “Besides it being free one gets to make new friends.”
According to Halida, the course had received an overwhelming response. Unfortunately, places were limited due to space constraints. “The next intake will be from April 5 to July 5. Our aim is not only to assist women with social issues but to empower them, as well. Knowledge is power and with good communication skills they would be able to deal with their problems more resolutely.”
The 12-week course is conducted on Saturdays between 9am to 1pm at the society’s premise. Students will sit for a proficiency test on the final week. They will also be taught basic computer skills as an added incentive.
Readers wishing to know more about programmes and activities conducted by PWW can contact the society’s office at 05 546 9715.