About Windsor Education

This is all about Windsor Education, why and when it was formed, some of the teaching philosophies and so on.

img_4374I am Andrew Gibson, the Director of Windsor Education.  I was born and raised in Wembley, just outside London, England.  I have lived in Hong Kong since 2008 and I’ve been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Asia to all age groups since 1994.

An advantage of teaching in different places and to different age groups is a wide exposure to a variety of students of various abilities.  Different countries usually have different attitudes and ideas.

Hong Kong is an EFL region, it is certainly not ESL (English as a Second Language) as there are limited opportunities to practise English outside the classroom.  Out of the classroom, Cantonese is spoken.  This makes acquiring English particularly difficult in Hong Kong.

I graduated from Coventry University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology. I  gained a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate in 1988.  In 2010 I obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from City University in Hong Kong.

Often, students are willing to talk,  but they sometimes lack focus.  Providing a focus for the students can enhance their confidence and enable them to overcome their natural anxieties about talking with native English speakers. Students of all ages are often reluctant to use a language other than their mother tongue. This can be especially true for the younger learner.

When very young children start to count in English without being prompted to by their teacher it is usually a sign that they are comfortable with English.

As a rule, kindergarten students love artwork and colouring activities. Often, when Kindergarten students are doing these activities they will talk about what they are doing quite freely. The students are so focused on the artwork and colouring activities they do not appreciate that they are talking with a language other than their mother tongue.  The net result is they will often talk quite fluently in English about what they are doing. Often young children will have a musical talent.  This often means that they will be willing to sing songs.  There is much educational material available to help students on the Internet.  An example of the quality of educational material for the younger learner can be found here.  Finding such material is a very time-consuming process.

More mature students will often respond favourably to guidance towards a topic to talk about.  This could be current affairs, their business ideas, their likes and dislikes, family life and so on.  Materials can be taken from the press, the Internet as well as from more usual sources such as textbooks.

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