Emphasis English Academy in Kuala Lumpur offers English classes for children aged 4-17 years old and adults.


Emphasis English Academy was founded by Ronan O’Carroll in 2004 to help improve the mastery of English. Having worked here and experienced first-hand the unique issues that face Malaysian learners of English, as well as having trained overseas and recognising the importance of English as a global language, Ronan saw an opportunity to go beyond the mundane and standardised teaching methods that many Malaysian tuition centers, language schools, and other institutions of learning provide. At Emphasis, our main focus has always been to help develop our students into strong and confident communicators.


Emphasis has helped thousands of students learn English. We achieve this through our own method, the Emphasis Method, which uses scientific research on language learning as well as proven language teaching methods. We make the process of learning English efficient, enjoyable, and effective. The Emphasis Method enables students to excel at their own pace to the best of their abilities. Emphasis employs passionate, native-speaking teachers who love working with kids. In addition to their passion, they all have broad international exposure and bring to the table multi-industry experience. They too embrace the Emphasis Method and put this at the core of their classroom experience.


Students at Emphasis are taught by level rather than age. This enables students to focus on achieving more than their current abilities rather than what age may dictate. We want our students to achieve maximum fluency, regardless of background or previous education.


Our classes focus on developing the four skills of reading, writing, speaking & listening based on the grammar and vocabulary targets of the lesson. They are very interactive and engaging and there is a strong balance between the formal and informal in learning. This approach allows students to master skills which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


Emphasis English Academy courses

1. English language development for preschool children

2. English language development for primary school children (based on European Union’s CEFR standard)

3. English language development for secondary school children (based on European Union’s CEFR standard)

4. Special Courses, for example Business English, Technical English, English for Office Use, Creative Writing, Conversational English & English for Tourism.

5. School Holiday English courses for PRE-SCHOOL (4 - 6 year olds) & CREATIVE WRITING (7 - 16 year olds)

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Open hours today: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Monday


  • Tuesday


  • Wednesday

    1:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Thursday

    1:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Friday

    1:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Saturday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Sunday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • 20th July 2024 9:41 pm local time


B-5-16, Block B, Ativo Plaza, No. 1, Jalan PJU 9/1, Damansara Avenue, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur

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  • Lucas Liang Lik Hoong
    14th February 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Emphasis is a great place to learn English. I am very fortunate to be exposed to the English language while learning there. I have many good memories and experiences while learning at Emphasis. My classmates and teachers were very supportive and patient. I also took part in some special activities held by Emphasis which really built up team spirit.

  • Bee Leng
    14th February 2020 at 1:59 pm

    After my children started going to Emphasis, they started to love learning English a lot. The teachers are also very skilful at teaching. They are not stressful when it comes to learning English. They enjoy when learning English. Lastly their English has improved a lot all thanks to Emphasis!

  • Ric Chan
    14th February 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I would like to thank everyone at Emphasis for their excellent work, professionalism, kindness, enthusiasm and patience especially dealing with young kids in giving them the solid foundation and the interest in learning English in an interactive and a fun way. I have no reservation in recommending Emphasis as the English learning centre to go to. Keep it up!

  • YH Wong
    5th November 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I am writing today to express my gratitude and to relay my compliments for Emphasis English Academy. Both my children are local Chinese primary school students. Their English language exposure was deemed insufficient and would have disadvantaged them when they need to show competency in English. While I tried to facilitate by communicating with them using English, but I couldn’t improve their listening skill for various accents and tones. When we heard about this academy’s English program, we were enticed by their teachers who are all native English speaker. We consider it an important part of language learning to be able to understand English with a variety of accents. As it turns out after a few years in this academy, both my children had no problem conversing with a native English speaker. It shows during their enrollment interview for schools, during their piano exam, etc… This academy does a great job of providing a very comprehensive English program. I highly recommend this to parents who wish their child can speak with confidence.

  • Pei Xuen
    5th November 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I started attending Emphasis when I was young and had zero experience in the English language at all as I come from a Chinese-speaking background. Since then, I’ve been with them for around 9 years. Not only are the teachers there extremely friendly, but they had always encouraged us students to try our best at speaking English while making us feel comfortable despite being not so fluent at first. Gradually my English skills improved immensely which made my transition from a Chinese school to an international school so much easier than it would have been without attending the classes here and exposing myself to different aspects of learning English such as creative writing and speaking skills. I sincerely credit Emphasis for helping me build a strong foundation in English.

  • Yenqing Anna
    5th November 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I really enjoyed all the moments I had in Emphasis English Academy, especially interacting with my friends and teachers in class. Those moments really made my day. I love the atmosphere in class. To be honest, I was not very confident when it came to speaking English. However, the teachers constantly encouraged me and never failed to support me in improving my English. Little did I know, I became the noisiest student in class and even became friends with my teacher. He is awesome. The classroom is always spacious enough for us to do activities and play games. That’s the best part of the lesson! I do believe that there are a lot of students who were inspired by the amazing teachers there, but for me, I am truly thankful that my mother sent me to Emphasis English Academy which is where I gained my confidence in speaking. ♡

  • EJ Yeap
    5th November 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Beautiful pool, salted water, comes with a cozy cafe, delicious & affordable food & drinks. Have cool certified mermaid & scuba classes for both kids & adults! Cool concept 🙂 Great place Galaxxy!!

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