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One on One Online Teaching Makes All the Difference when Teaching Children to Read

300 teachers spent 8 hours a day on screen to connect with 5300 students to do the one on one online teaching.

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When the Movement Control Order (MCO) was promulgated at 10 p.m. on 16 March,  every teacher from Yelaoshr Group was determined to turn the 24 hours on 17 March into 8,000 hours. Over 350 Yelaoshr teachers in Malaysia resolve to accept this challenge in unison, without complaints and incrimination. We focus resolutely to carry out what should and could be done.

Despite the pressing 24 hours they had, leaders and partners of all regions managed to initiate the actions as below:

  1. Activate the online teaching 
  2. Confirm the operating procedures and put in practice
  3. Contact and provide necessary coaching to parents on the best available online learning platform  
  4. Arrange the lesson timetable

18 March 2020, the FIRST day we officially started the online teaching. We appreciate the cooperation rendered by parents. With such relentless support, we have shown our children alongside parents, the role model to overcome great challenges and have an unstoppable drive to always learn.  

We have seen our children starting to settle with the online learning experience. Their words are enriched with innocence, their willingness to try is one of the greatest motivations for us to move on and stand against all the challenges. 

Centre Managers have been contacting hundreds of parents since the first day when MCO was implemented, working around the clock only to make sure the execution of the online learning will be a success. We understand parents’ hesitation on the online teaching model, particularly to the parents who are new to the concept. We also understand that our unanticipated move into online teaching model has unavoidably caused worries among some parents and uneasiness in children. Nevertheless, we are continuously imploring and improving on the system as we commit to provide nothing but the best to our children. 

We are grateful for parents who have become our pillar of strength during this critical time. Parents have been accommodating to our requests and dispensing positive feedback and assurance. This is an extraordinary empowerment to our team to march on. We believe we can pull this through, together.

✔ Tailor-made Learning

Our methods are not restricted by age and grade, enabling every child to start learning from a level suitable for his/her abilities. This builds foundation and re-establishes confidence to help children catch up in school. 

Children vary in learning abilities. Some may need more time and exercises than others. Therefore, a tailor-made approach that suits a child’s learning pace helps create a pleasant learning experience that encourages progress. 

✔ One-to-one Guidance 

We provide one-to-one guidance so that the teacher can pay full attention to the student. We do not subscribe to one-size-fits-all teaching method. Neither do we divide students into groups based on age or grade.

✔ Learning Ability Assessment 

Before enrollment, children will sit for a free literacy assessment to identify the challenges they face. Upon enrollment, a more comprehensive assessment will be given by the teacher to assess a child’s proficiency level before formulating a learning solution and materials that suit his/her needs.

✔Simultaneous Left and Right Brain Development 

Unlike conventional methods, YelaoShr® Word Recognition and Abacus Mental Arithmetic Programmes employ ‘visual impression’ in teaching that stimulates both the left and right brain of a child to promote whole brain development.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

We will reduce the textbooks & workbooks! But we will still carry on our one on one teaching but we can now use the digital learning to increase the fun in teaching!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

Mdm. Yap founded YelaoShr® , a child centered reading programme leaning center which focuses on students' potential and guides them to learn at their speed and level accordingly. The classes begin from the level that they are weakest at, no matter their age. For example, a Standard 5 child may have to start from learning the basic Standard 2 Bahasa Malaysia vocabulary. As the students learn and improve, then they may proceed to the next level.

Students are graded according to their study level, not their age

● 1 to 1 teaching: educating children according to their pace and ability 

● Tailor-made: children are educated in their preferred language and character

● Build children’s confidence in studies

● Focuses on their own progress and not compared to other children

● Set achievable goals for students

● Education to understand and not merely to finish the syllabus

● Make learning a positive and creative process

What region are you located in?

  • South-eastern Asia

Where are you located?

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.


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Thank you so much for your contribution to this Challenge, Carol Yap Yee Yee !

In your post, you mention that parents and students had expressed some worries around the transition to this new way of learning. I am curious to hear more about what some of those worries were and how did your team address them?

Additionally, I am curious about how the students are spending their time outside of the learning sessions?

Photo of Carol Yap Yee Yee

Hi, some of our parents feedback are the internet was not stable and we really can not do much about it so we will call the student another time when the internet is more stable. Most of the students will spend time in playing online games, watching online video, help in doing chores and just relax and play most of the time outside the learning sessions. In general, our students spend about 3 to 4 hours in weekdays school online learning but they will also have extra online tuition about 1-2 hours once or twice per week.

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