Teaching

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Hong Kong

img_4394The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

The words of Aristotle were true thousands of years ago as they are today!

Teaching students can be a real challenge.  More so when the medium of instruction is not the students’ mother tongue.  The EDB might have got it wrong by recruiting native English teachers from overseas.  Those teachers are probably used to teaching children who are native speakers.  Teaching English to children who are not native speakers is really a different ball game.

Each different age group has its advantages and disadvantage.

Younger students are often very good students because they are like a blank canvas.  They do not know that learning a language is hard, so they try it and find it to be fun and sometimes become accomplished English speakers with relatively little effort on their behalf.

However, if they are given the incorrect pronunciation, retraining them is very tough indeed.  This seems to be more of a problem when non-native English teachers are used.

Often teenagers are the toughest group to teach because they are teenagers. Frequently, they know by this stage that they do not want to learn English.  Trying to persuade them otherwise can be an uphill struggle.

Adult students often have to learn English in the shortest possible time because of work or study commitments. On very rare occasions they will be able to study in their work time. Otherwise, they will have to study before or after work.

Windsor Education can assist students in acquiring English and enable them to attain proficiency in the shortest possible time.


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