Frequently asked Questions

Teachers and classes

Q1. What qualifications do the teachers have?
All teachers in Monash English Bridging are fully qualified and experienced.

Q2. How many students are there in each class?
We never have more than 18 in an MEB class.

Q3. How many teachers are there in each class?
There is always one teacher who is the main class teacher. However, during your study period you will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods and accents.

Q4. Where do MEB students come from?
In addition to local Malaysian students, MEB students come from many countries in the world - Indonesia, China, France, Norway, Vietnam, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Wherever the students come from, English is the language of the classroom. 

Orientation

Q1. What sort of orientation program is there?
On the Thursday before you begin studying, you will come to an orientation session  where you will be welcomed by the English Language Programs Coordinator and given information about your course of study. You will then have an orientation tour of the various facilities of Monash University Malaysia campus. You will also have your photo taken in order to get your Monash ID card.

Q2. What will I do on the first day of the course?
On your first day of classes you will meet your teacher and the other students in the class and begin your term’s program of work. There will be ‘get to know you’ introductory activities to help create a positive learning atmosphere. The students will be required to specify their interests and needs. The teacher will build a program that is determined by the needs and level of the class. The syllabus of the course will be negotiated to take the specific needs and wishes of the students into consideration. 

Curriculum

Q1. Will I receive an outline of what we will study?
At the beginning of the course, you will receive a general Course Information handbook outlining the general goals for the course and the specific objectives relating to the language skills, texts to be used, grammar and structure expectations, topics and homework requirements, excursions proposed, computer and self-study expectations and an indication of how you will be assessed. You will also receive more detailed information about the various assessment tasks as and when necessary.

Q2. What books will we use?
In class, students follow the specially designed curriculum at each level. The teacher will also select additional material from other skills books and a variety of other non-book materials. The texts are determined by the level, needs and interests of the class. Current and authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines, information brochures, web-based material or advertisements are often an important part of class activities as are English novels, short stories or poetry.

Q3. What sort of work will we do? 
Students learn how to do presentations and various types of writing. This involves enhancing the grammar and vocabulary of students which in turn can only be improved by practising reading, listening, speaking and writing. Grammar and vocabulary are taught within the context of a topic. There is generally a fairly even balance of the four skills within the class work. 

The classes focus on academic skills and preparation for the reading, writing, speaking and listening, notetaking and research that students will be undertaking at university. All students are expected to complete the homework tasks given. These may vary, sometimes the tasks may be written, sometimes they may be finding out information, watching a TV program or reading a text.

Q4. Will I use computers?
Every group has special computer classes where the basics of how to use a PC and Windows programs, including e-mail, CD-Roms, the World Wide Web and English Language activities are taught and practised. Teachers expect formal written work to be word-processed.

Q5. Will my class have excursions?
MEB classes have an excursion during the course. The excursion, which is organised by your teachers, takes place in the first to third week. Places visited in the past include Melaka, Genting, Port Dickson, Putrajaya, and Gopeng.

Q6. What sort of methods do the teachers use in the classroom?
MEB bases the teaching on communicative methods using authentic materials where possible. We aim at student involvement through pairwork and group work as well as individual work so that students actively practise using the language. The mixture of student-centred and teacher-centred methods allows for students to work at their own pace and also be encouraged and helped by the group and the teacher. The teachers use written material, audio materials, videos and computer-based language learning materials to support their teaching. 

Self-study

As part of their studies, MEB students are expected to complete at least five hours of self-study per week in addition to the classwork and homework.

Progress

Q1. How can I improve my English quickly?
Some people say that there is really no quick way to learn a language and that you need to work hard if you want to see an improvement. So the first piece of advice is to attend classes regularly and complete all the set work, try to use the language in and outside of class, listen to the radio, watch T.V., write a diary in English, try to mix with students of different nationalities so that you need to use English to communicate. In class students are encouraged to speak and discuss issues with other students. This is a way of gaining confidence in speaking and once there is confidence, progress in learning is more evident. You should borrow books and read lots of magazines and newspapers from the Library and Learning Commons and online so that your vocabulary increases. Try and use the new words you learn and make English your language while you are here. Homestay or share house with other language speakers is a good idea so that you can practise speaking as much as possible outside of class. Make good use of the ASK to focus on your individual weaknesses.

Q2. What sort of testing do you have to check on my level?
Throughout MEB your teacher will use a variety of homework and classroom tasks to check your level. These may include regular grammar and vocabulary tests, academic essays, short presentations and research tasks. In addition to these, there are six formal assessment tasks during the course. In order to pass the course and progress to their degree course at Monash University, students must pass each component of the course: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.