Young learners english courses - Malayan English Academy

Young Learners English (YLE)


Come join the fun in YLE Junior meant for very young children who are starting to learn English through baby-steps. In this course, they learn English through songs, games, role-playing, total physical response and dozens of other creative activities that will stimulate their interest and cognition.

YLE Junior is suitable for:
  • Ages 4 to 5 years old
  • Early beginner or non-beginner in English

At the end of YLE Junior, your child will be able to:
  • Introduce themselves, ask ‘Wh’ questions, ask and reply simple questions.
  • Pick up new vocabulary on shapes, colours, numbers, classroom items, family members, parts of body, size, animals and many more.
  • Name classroom objects, talk about family, be polite, name body parts, talk about clothings and home activities, talk about animals and what they are doing, talk about party food, name toys, talk about likes and dislikes and a lot more!
  • Recognise and produce basic phonetic sounds.

To find out more, you can go to our curriculum and syllabus page to download a detailed course structure.
More happens at YLE Year 1 but relax! Your child will still be learning English through lots of fun activities, songs, chants and small projects. More space and opportunity are given to explore and learn and use English to form basic communication with the world. At the end of this course, your child will have acquired better skills and techniques to help them interact with people around them. What’s more! They are trained to work with the teacher on digital learning so they can start learning anytime and anywhere.

YLE Year 1 is suitable for:
  • Ages 6 years and above
  • Early beginner in English
  • Early reader, writer and speaker in English

With YLE Year 1 course, your child will be able to:

Listening and Speaking
  • Talk about classroom activities using structures like
    e.g: What’s he doing? He’s using the computer.
  • Ask questions using ‘Wh’ questions and replying using ‘There is/are…’
    e.g: How many pictures are there?
    There’s one picture. / There are three pictures.
  • Talk about needs.
    e.g: We want to buy a book. He wants to go to the post office.
  • Asking and replying to questions using structures like
    e.g: Is there a bank in Elm Street? Yes, there is. / No, there isn’t.
  • Recognise and produce phonetic sounds - diphthongs.

Reading and Writing
  • Learn to read through songs, chants short passages and comics.
  • Write simple sentences like
    I’m Bahar. I’m from Turkey. This is my pet cat. She’s orange.
  • Read short sentences and answer simple questions.
    e.g: Zack has got mouse/snake. Her name’s Lucy.
  • Write simple sentences about themselves and their family.
  • Read and understand simple instructions.
  • Recognise words, phrases and short sentences from a text.

To find out more, you can go to our curriculum and syllabus page to download a detailed course structure.
Ready, set, go! This year, your child will be sitting for a fun and friendly test. More work is done with them this year to prepare them for the formative test at the end of the course. Your child is trained and taught to think out of the box, cognitively. Be surprised by what they can deliver this year.

YLE Year 2 is suitable for:
  • Ages 7 years and above
  • Beginner in English
  • Some foundation in basic English

With YLE Year 2 course, your child will be able to:

Listening and Speaking
  • Talk about daily routines and parts of time.
    e.g: What does (he) do before/after school? He eats before/after school.
    When does he get dressed?
    He gets dressed at seven ten.
    I always/usually/often/sometimes/never eat eggs.
  • Describe food
    e.g: How does the apple pie taste? It tastes (delicious).
    The milkshake tastes sweet.
  • Talk about needs.
    e.g: We want to buy a book. He wants to go to the post office.
  • Communicate basic English expressions
    e.g: ‘See you again, teacher’, ‘I am fine, thank you’, ‘Yes, that is my book’.
  • Talk about healthy living
    e.g: Did (you) get enough sleep yesterday? Yes, I did. / No, I didn’t.
  • Learn phonetic diphthongs

Reading and Writing
  • Read and understand dialogues, short stories, authentic texts, extended sentences, interviews and so much more!
  • Write extended information about themselves.
    e.g: I’m going to the restaurant because I’m a chef.
  • Fill in charts and organise ideas.
  • Give reasons in writing on basic decisions.

To find out more, you can go to our curriculum and syllabus page to download a detailed course structure.
Armed with a strong foundation learned from Junior to Year 3, your child is now equipped with adequate language tools to move on to expanding short sentences into short stories. In Year 3, this is where lessons get interesting. The curriculum for this level aims for your child to express themselves fluently in English. This year, your child reads texts of about 120 words and above, write in paragraphs, speak in more complex language and of course, with loads of confidence. With the right guidance and process, your child will continue to improve their English skills at a young age.

YLE Year 3 is suitable for:
  • Ages 8 years and above
  • Beginner in English
  • Good reader, writer and speaker of English

With YLE Year 3 course, your child will be able to:

Listening and Speaking
  • Talk about chores and routines using adverbs of frequency.
    e.g: I always/usually/often/sometimes/never eat eggs.
    I (always) make my bed.
  • Talk about the weather using a range of adjectives.
    e.g: What’s the weather like today? It’s (hot and sunny).
    What was the weather like yesterday?
    It was (windy).
    I wasn’t hot. We weren’t cold.
    We were/weren’t freezing.
    Was she late? Yes, she was. / No, she wasn’t
  • Talk about jobs.
    e.g: What does (he) do? He’s a nurse.
    Where does (she) work? She works (on a farm).
    They play music every day.
    Does he live in Park Street? Yes, he does. / No, he doesn’t.
    They don’t wear suits to work.
  • Learn to blend consonants and vowels.

Reading and Writing
  • Read and understand stories and authentic texts.
  • Write short paragraphs, notes and short stories.
  • Read and complete gap-fill questions.
  • Simple paraphrasing
  • Complete dialogues
At this age, your child would have the cognitive capabilities of an older child with a developed social and psychomotor skills. In YLE Year 4, students will further enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with more vocabularies and grammatical rules. What’s more! They are introduced to the world of writing where they learn to start writing short paragraphs, emails, informal letters and reviews. Your child is also equipped with skills to communicate with people and talk about what people did! Now, isn’t that something impressive? The list doesn’t stop here. Continue reading!

YLE Year 4 is suitable for:
  • Ages 9 years and above
  • Learners with a good foundation in English

With YLE Year 4 course, your child will be able to:

Listening and Speaking
  • Make comparisons.
    e.g. This fabric is more beautiful than that one. The blue shirt is better/worse than the red one.
  • Describe people.
    e.g. Appearance: blonde, curly, dark, glasses, light, short, straight, tall, wavy
    Personality: clever, friendly, funny, serious, shy, heavy
  • Talk about what people do/are going to do and where they go at different times.
    e.g. How often do you go to the dentist? Once a week.
    Where is (she) going tonight? She’s visiting her grandparents.
    He’s going to take us to the beach.
    Is it going to be wet? Yes, it is. / No, it isn’t. They aren’t going to visit her.
  • Talk about adverts and how they work.
    e.g. advertisement, attractive, billboard, bright, catch your eye, character, jingle, product, slogan, tool, tune
  • Make polite requests
    e.g. Can I sit down? Yes, you can. / No, you can’t.
  • Talk about what people used to do.
    e.g. Did people have (telephones) in 1950? Yes, they did.
    Did (your dad) go to school by car when he was a child? No, he didn’t. He went to school by bus.
    My grandad used to walk to school. He didn’t use to ride a bike.
    Did people use to listen to mp3 players? No, they didn’t.
    Were you swimming? Yes, I was. / No, I wasn’t. She wasn’t sleeping at eleven o’clock.

Reading and Writing
  • Read and longer texts
  • Read and understand articles, essays, facts and fiction
  • Write parts of a paragraph
  • Write emails.
  • Write reviews.
  • Write informal letters.
Your child at this age might experience mild social pressure and expectations. Their life might revolve around birthday parties and fitting in their peer groups. Your child now needs more language skills to socialise, communicate, express their thoughts and perform in school. Our syllabus will help them further strengthen their skills.
Year 5 students will be introduced to real text examples from newspaper articles, autobiographies, formal letters, persuasive writing and a whole list more. They will be taught to understand and summarise the information given to demonstrate real-life applications of the things they learned. There would also be fun activities they can participate and stimulate their minds to be independent thinkers.

YLE Year 5 is suitable for:
  • Ages 10 years and above
  • Elementary level English speakers, readers and writers
  • Learners with a good grasp of the language

With YLE Year 5 course, your child will be able to:

Listening and Speaking
  • Make suggestions.
    e.g. How about joining the basketball team?
  • Talk about my interests.
    e.g. Do you sing? No, I don’t sing. I play the piano.
  • Talk about the present and the past.
    e.g. What was he doing when he got hurt? He was riding a horse when he got hurt.
    They got lost while they were hiking.
    Were you swimming? Yes, I was. / No, I wasn’t.
    Why was she crying? Who was singing loudly?
  • Talk about important life events and habits of the past.
    e.g. We moved when I was ten, about two years ago.
  • Talk about possibilities and experiences.
    e.g. How could we raise money for our club? We could wash cars.

Reading and Writing
  • Read and understand extended texts, articles, history, factual essays.
  • Read and think critically.
  • Write news articles.
  • Write autobiographies.
  • Write formal letters.
  • Write product reviews.
  • Persuasive writing.
  • Describing experiences.
This is the age where your child starts to express their personality and might desire independence and privacy. It is at this age where your pre-teen may face their first major exam such as UPSR, PSLE and IGCSE exams. As parents, we have to support and motivate them to do their very best in everything they do, including their last Young Learners Test.
By the end of Year 6, your child would demonstrate to be a competent English user at a young age. We aim for them to acquire the language so that it comes as second nature to them. Your child can engage in an English conversation naturally, write with a good level of proficiency and listen to the gist and details of conversations.

YLE Year 6 is suitable for:
  • Ages 11 years and above
  • Advanced elementary user of English
  • Strong basic foundation in English

With YLE Year 6 course, your child will be able to:

Listening and Speaking
  • Talk about past experiences.
    e.g. Have you ever hosted an exchange student? Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
    My computer has crashed two times today.
  • Talk about amazing people’s accomplishments (including my own).
    e.g. ability, co-found, compose, determined, exceptional talent, gifted, inspiration, keep in touch, legend, social media, symphony
  • Talk about consequences and possibilities and give advice.
    e.g. If you tell your parents you forgot, they’ll be upset.
    You should tell your parents if you’ve got a problem.
    If we go near the bulls, they might chase us.
  • Talk about important life events and habits of the past.
    e.g. We moved when I was ten, about two years ago.
  • Talk about and make predictions about the future.
    e.g. If you could fly, where would you go?
    If I could fly, I’d go to the moon.
    If I won a lot of money, I might give some to my sister.
  • Discuss mysterious phenomena.
    e.g. altitude, atmosphere, clapping, interaction, nitrogen, observe, oxygen, phenomenon, pole, solar wind, stand out, swirling

Reading and Writing
  • Read and understand the main topic of a text
  • Read for details and answer questions.
  • Read and complete charts, gap fills, filling in blanks with their own words.
  • Write opinion paragraphs.
  • Write biographies.
  • Write story endings.
  • Write formal and informal emails .
  • Write reports.
  • Write film reviews

Year 6 is the last course for our Young Learners Programme. As the course aims to create a strong foundation in English, completing the programme would bring several benefits to your child’s education.

Among these benefits, your child should be able to:
  • Demonstrate extended reading and writing skills English on their own
  • Participate in everyday social conversation
  • Express their thoughts effectively
  • Perform better in school
  • Have a high level of confidence in using English

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