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11YO Johor Girl To Represent Malaysia In English Language Olympiad In Italy

11YO Johor Girl To Represent Malaysia In English Language Olympiad In Italy

Lim joins those older than her, including secondary and college students, to represent Malaysia in the English Language Olympiad.

Fernando Fong

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Why we should learn English at a young age?

Learning the English language early is essential for a child’s development. 

It helps them be more successful later in life and explore new cultures.

Learning the English language also creates many opportunities for children, such as attending exchange programs or studying abroad.

Such is the case for an 11-year-old girl Isabel Lim Yu Tong, who will represent Malaysia in an English Language Olympiad in Rome, Italy.

Budding Talents

The Year Five student from SR Seri Presbyterian prepared for months to be among nine Malaysian finalists selected for the event, which takes place from 28 to 30 September.

They will be battling out students from all over the world during the Olympiad.

The other Malaysian contestants are:

  • Sachein Mohananand from SK Taman Bukit Maluri
  • KLLeerthieka Desanan from SK Bdr Tun Hussein Onn, Selangor
  • Isabelle Joella Thomson from SK Taman Kepong, KL
  • Maneesha Akshynie Selvam from SMK Sultan Badlishah, Kedah
  • Nuralesha Afreen Muhamad Sharkawi from SMK Puchong Permai
  • Tengku Aaliya Qistina Tengku Afrizal from SMK Derma
  • PerlisArwena Padme Parameswaran from Kolej Yayasan Saad, Melaka
  • Lim Yong Le from Kolej Matrikulasi Kedah, Kedah

She has always been interested in learning English since she was little.

The Star quoted the talented kid saying she likes to read Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books, which is why she is good at English.

And despite her young age, she is undaunted by the task ahead.

I am not feeling any pressure, and I am actually looking forward to making new friends from all over the world.

11-year-old Isabel Lim Yu Tong to The Star on her readiness for the Olympiad.

She also learns and observes how the actors speak in TV shows, her favourite being the American television sitcom Big Bang Theory.

Lim is also not shy about communicating in English with her classmates and teachers.

She has also been taking part in various other competitions related to English speaking and art.

There seems to be no limit to her talents, as Lim also plays the piano and is getting good at it.

What Is The English Language Olympiad?

The Olympiad is organised by the Global Hippo Association, a non-profit organisation founded in 2012.

The goal is to promote the English language, challenge students around the globe to compete in English language knowledge, and improve the cooperation between teachers.

Participating in English Olympiad exams gives the students early exposure to learning and competition.

The tests for the preliminary round of the Olympiad will consist of three parts: a test of reading comprehension (multiple choice questions), a test of listening comprehension and a Use of English test.

There is only one correct answer to every question, and there are no negative marks.


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