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110 ‘WOW MY ENGLISH’ Camp participants celebrate the milestone

15th March, 2018

By VESTA VANESSA JSOL

KOTA KINABALU: The pride and joy on the faces of ‘WOW MY ENGLISH’ Boot Camp participants and their lecturers said it all during the closing ceremony here yesterday.

After two months of studying and juggling with their daily routine, 110 participants celebrated the milestone at Likas Apartment Hotels’ ballroom, knowing that they have taken a step forward in improving their command of the language.

Chief Executive Officer of AMC College, Jeffrey Goh, said that the camp which took place from January to early March was free and organized by the AMC College especially for last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers from 24 schools around Sabah.

The camp was divided into five levels and the participants must pass the entry level test.

Jeffrey noted that the participants have been enthusiastic and excited with the opportunity although many of them had to commute daily from their workplaces or homes to the college at Likas Square.

One of the characteristics of the camp is that the participants were divided into several groups, creating a competitive environment for various challenges.

“One of the objectives of the camp was to provide an opportunity for students to improve their level of conversational and written English as they await their SPM results.”

Conversational skills include speech, forum and drama presentations.

Participants were also coached in various areas of business such as information and communications technology (ICT), marketing presentation, doing business plan and even simple baking skills cumulated into the sale of their homemade cupcakes at the WOW Cupcakes Bazaar.

Through the one-day bazaar held last Mar 9, participants managed to earn RM1,233 which they donated to a charity home, Rumah Jireh.

During the ceremony, participants received six different certificates that certified knowledge gained at the camp. Among them was English and marketing presentation. Each of them also received an allowance of RM200.

One of the participants, Kingsley Izekiel Sikawah, 18, of SMK Bahang, Penampang, said he felt so lucky to have been accepted to join the programme.

“I filled my ‘holiday’ (waiting for SPM result) with valuable activities. “Even though I conversed in English language with my friends and family at home, there are still many new language skills that I learned here. Plus, I am really grateful as now I am able to read the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), improve my English pronunciation and be friend with many friends.”

Kingsley is the second child of four siblings and he aims to pursue a medical degree.

Another participant, Siti Maysarrah Mohd Nasir, 18, was a student at SM Agama KK. She expressed her thankfulness to AMC College for the experience she gets throughout the camp.

“I was always not confident with my English pronunciation as it was considered a third language for me.

“I communicated in Malay and Dusun often, but after joining this course, I am more confident to converse in English. “Now I can read the IPA and perhaps even able to do the transcription.

“The drama class helped me a lot and the way we learned grammar here is really different from school. I can understand the rules and usage much better,” she said, adding that, no matter how her SPM result will be, she is going to pursue her studies in linguistic course at an overseas university.”

Siti said the joy on the faces of the participants concealed their shared sadness of parting with new-found friends and lecturers.

“We met, became friends and now we are saying goodbye.”

Earlier, Jeffrey handed over presents and token of appreciations to winners and sponsors, including Utama Jutamas Sdn Bhd, Sabah Tea Resort, Growarisan Sdn Bhd, Ming Kiang Sdn Bhd, Pan Borneo Hotel, Grandis Hotel & Resorts, Eatons Bookstore, Signature Bookstores and Sabah Net Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, AMC College was recently awarded a Five-Star rating in the Malaysian Ministry of Education Rating System 2016/2017. This has placed AMC College in the excellent category among the top 20 per cent of private colleges in Malaysia.

Jeffrey said that the college welcomes applications from SPM holders for its full and partial scholarship for various diploma programmes for the coming April intake.

   
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